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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.

Fishing Programs

During warm-weather months, Denver's Park Ranger hosts the Fishing is Fun program, which consists of different fishing activities for various age groups and skill levels. 

Each event is a free drop-in education-based program, providing information about fish and fishing ethics, skills, safety, water ecosystems and environmental stewardship. This program utilizes traditional “Push button” spin-cast and spinning rods/ reels along with live bait and artificial plastics geared toward those who want to start a love of fishing.  All ages and skill levels are welcome.

Explore fly fishing basics! Designed for ages 15+.

Each June and July, the Denver Fishing Program partners with Denver Recreation Centers to get kids fishing.

At no expense to participants, fishing rods will be provided for use day of and transportation will be provided from the recreation center to a nearby lake if the program will be held at another location.

Ages 7 and up including parents are welcome to attend (16+ needs to have a fishing license to fish). 

Check the schedule!


If you would like to schedule a private event with the Denver Fishing is Fun! program, please email us at

Must be a not for profit event in order to qualify.  All programming must maintain a free status.

Do you love to fish and teach your passion?  Volunteer with us and help share the joy of fishing with Denver’s residents and visitors during any of our public and private programs.

To volunteer with the Denver Fishing is Fun! program register and log-on to, then click on the General Application link at the bottom of the page.


Additional Information

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.

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. Permitted activities or events may be allowed after curfew

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


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Denver Parks & Recreation

Main Office

201 West Colfax Ave, Dept. 601
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 913-1311
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