Park Rangers

The mission of Denver Park Rangers is to maximize public safety, protect park resources and provide service to visitors. Rangers patrol by foot, bicycle and vehicle, assisting local law enforcement and fire department in the event of an emergency or hazardous situation. Rangers are trained in public contact techniques, CPR, first-aid and rescue techniques.

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Rules & Regulations

  1. Dogs and pets must be on a leash and under physical control at all times.
  2. Pet waste must be picked up and disposed of properly.
  3. No use or display of marijuana or the use of illegal drugs.
  4. No glass bottles or any glass containers allowed in parks.
  5. No littering. Use trash cans and dumpsters or pack it out.
  6. No weapons, firearms, or fireworks.
  7. Disturbing the peace, including loud music or sound, is prohibited.
  8. The sale of goods and services requires a Parks and Recreation Permit.
  9. No overnight camping, tents, enclosures, or other unpermitted structures such as air castles, pools, or water slides.
  10. Motorized vehicles allowed only on roads and in parking areas.
  11. Large gatherings normally require a permit. To reserve a permit site call Denver Parks and Recreation Permit Office at (720) 913-0700
  12. Do not attach anything to trees or structures.
  13. Removal or damage to plants or structures is prohibited.
  14. Fires and coals are allowed in grills only. Grills must be least 12 inches off the ground.
  15. Thoroughly extinguish all charcoals, dispose of properly or pack it out.
  16. No feeding or disturbing wildlife. A license is required for fishing.
  17. No boating without a permit. Safety equipment is required including a personal flotation device.
  18. No swimming is allowed except in swimming pools.
  19. Swimming or wading in fountains is prohibited.
  20. Rock climbing and off-trail use are prohibited at Red Rocks and Summit Lake Parks.


Download Denver Parks & Recreation Rules & Regulations(PDF, 613KB)

View Chapter 39 of the Denver Municipal Code



Appealing a Park Citation

Read DPR's Administrative Citations Rules and Regulations: Governing Use of Administrative Citations for the Enforcement of Article I of Chapter 39 of the Denver Revised Municipal Code and associated Rules, Regulations and Directives. 


You have the right to request a hearing to review issuance of your citation by filing a petition.

If you would like to request a hearing, you may do so by submitting a petition for review, along with a non-refundable $25 filing fee, within 15 days of receiving the citation.

The petition for review must contain the required information as provided in Section IV Rules and Regulations Governing the use of Administrative Citations for the Enforcement of Article 1 Chapter 39 of DRMC.

Appeal Your Park Citation Online

Please make sure you have your citation number and you enter the citation number exactly as it appears on the physical copy of your citation. 

Appeal Park Citation Online

Appeal your Park Citation by Mail

Mail to:
Denver Parks and Recreation
Manager of Finance
201 West Colfax Ave. Dept. 103
Denver, CO 80202  

Make check payable to: Manager of Finance - Please record your Administrative Citation number and Appeal in Memo line of the check.


Park Hours

City Parks are closed from 11:00 pm to 5:00 am. No access is allowed during these times except on through roads or trails. Mountain Parks are closed one hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise. Activities or events may be allowed after curfew with an issued permit.

Volunteer Courtesy Patrol

The Volunteer Courtesy Patrol was created in 2011 by the Denver Parks and Recreation Ranger Program with help from BikeDenver, and is comprised of over 100 volunteers who are excited about helping their community.  Volunteers model good behavior for others, provide information to park and trail visitors including information about safety, provide mechanical and medical assistance as needed, report maintenance issues, and provide extra eyes and ears for the Denver Rangers.  They currently patrol Denver’s most visited areas including the Cherry Creek Trail, the South Platte River Trail, Washington Park, City Park, Cheesman Park, Bear Creek Park/Trail, and High Line Canal Trail.  More information on the Volunteer Page.


Fishing Program

 Are you fishing around for some summer fun? Come reel in a good time with Park Rangers and other staff from Denver Parks and Recreation during this summer’s Fishing is Fun program which consists of different fishing activities for various age groups and skill levels. Each event is a free education-based program providing information about fish and fishing ethics, skills, safety, water ecosystems, and environmental stewardship. All necessary items will be provided from live bait to poles, and participants will be able to take home a fishing rod to enjoy all summer long. We hope you’ll come catch a love for fishing – you’re sure to be hooked!

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About Park Rangers

The Park Ranger program provides:

  • Enhancement of public safety through proactive visitor contacts
  • Enforcement of Park Rules and Regulations  
  • Daily patrol and monitoring of the urban and mountain parks 
  • Protection of park resources and facilities
  • Customer service related to park permits and events
  • Emergency response and visitor assistance
  • Maintenance activities to keep parks safe and clean 
  • Administration of the citywide boating program   
  • Outreach and environmental education