Your dog in Palmer Park

Tip in the park on a frosty day

Some dogs bring their people to Palmer Park every day.

There are a few rules for dogs and their people to keep in mind for these visits to be pleasant for all concerned.

Palmer Park has two places in which friendly, well-controlled pets are allowed to be off-leash.

  1. There is an enclosed area near the Maizeland Road entrance to the park, just beyond the Meadows (labelled “Dog Park” in the TRAIL MAP.) This is a great place for pets and people to socialize with each other.
  2. The Mesa Trail/Yucca Trail complex on top of one of the mesas in the park is about two and a half miles of open trails where many dogs take their people for walks. (This is the shaded area labelled “Dog Run Area” in the TRAIL MAP.)

In all other areas of the park, pets, by law, should be on leash.

Reminders of this are placed on places along the Mesa Trail where other trails intersect it.

Mesa Trail marker
Mesa Trail marker

The notices also remind people that they are responsible for picking up their dogs’ excrement. Dog waste laying open can be a serious public health issue. The Guardians of Palmer Park along with the city of Colorado Springs parks and recreation department and eagle scout Riley Coco collaborated in 2012 to provide pick-up stations along the mesa trail.

Dog waste pick-up station
Dog waste pick-up station

Palmer Park is a real jewel for all users, human and canine:

black lab on a picnic table
Jewel sitting pretty
please help keep it that way.




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Ron Biondini

2 thoughts on “Your dog in Palmer Park”

  1. Hi,
    I’m interested is doing a small clean up in January 21 in honor of Dr. King. I’m wondering if I need any authorization or if there are pooper scoopers available to borrow at the dog park. Thanks in advance.
    Richelle Gittens
    Queen Palmer Elementary

    1. Richelle
      This is Ron Biondini. I am an officer of Guardians of Palmer Park and editor of the website. Our usual schedule for official workdays in the park is the first Saturday of the month, weather permitting. On those occasions we have an online signup process and cleanup materials available for volunteers.

      I personally will not be able to be there on that particular day, but I will pass your request to our board to see if something can be arranged to accommodate you. In the meantime I will, with your permission, add your name to our contact list and you will receive email notifications of future events and workdays.

      Thank you for your interest.

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