The mission of the Denver Park Rangers is to maximize public safety, protect park resources, and provide service to park visitors. Rangers work with internal and external partners to meet the needs of a highly diverse citizenry. Park Rangers patrol by foot, bicycle and vehicle. Rangers assist local law enforcement and work with the Police and Fire Divisions in the event of an emergency or hazardous situation. Rangers are trained in public contact techniques, CPR, first aid and other life saving and rescue techniques.
The Park Ranger Program provides:
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
1. Dogs and pets must be on leash and under physical control at all times.
2. Pet waste must be picked up and disposed of properly.
3. No alcoholic beverages or public consumption of alcohol (only 3.2 beer is allowed).
4. No use or display of marijuana or use of illegal drugs.
5. No glass bottles or any glass containers allowed in parks.
6. No littering. Use trash cans and dumpsters or pack it out.
7. No weapons, firearms, or fireworks.
8. Disturbing the peace, including loud music or sound, is prohibited.
9. The sale of goods and services requires a Parks and Recreation Permit.
10. No overnight camping, tents, enclosures, or other unpermitted structures such as air castles, pools, or water slides.
11. Motorized vehicles allowed only on roads and in parking areas.
12. Large gatherings normally require a permit. To reserve a permit site call Denver Parks and Recreation Permit Office at (720) 913-0700
13. Do not attach anything to trees or structures.
14. Removal or damage to plants or structures is prohibited.
15. Fires and coals are allowed in grills only. Grills must be least 12 inches off the ground.
16. Thoroughly extinguish all charcoals, dispose of properly or pack it out.
17. No feeding or disturbing wildlife. A license is required for fishing.
18. No boating without a permit. Safety equipment is required including a personal flotation device.
19. No swimming is allowed except in swimming pools.
20. Swimming or wading in fountains is prohibited.
21. Rock climbing and off-trail use is prohibited at Red Rocks and Summit Lake Parks.
A full copy of the Department of Parks and Recreation Rules and Regulations is available here. Violators of park rules and regulations are subject to fines and eviction from the park.
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.