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Park Rangers

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.

Fishing is Fun

Denver Parks & Recreation's Ranger Program invites youth and their familities to participate in FREE Fun Fishing Days hosted at different Denver parks and lakes throughout the summer!

Each event is education-based, providing information about fish and fishing ethics, skills, safety, water ecosystems and environmental stewardship. 

Children who do not already have their own rod will receive one to keep free-of-charge, while supplies last. If you already own fishing equipment, please bring it with you!

April Schedule
Drop in hours: 9:00AM - 2:00PM

April 2    Washington Park (Smith Lake)
April 3    City Park (Ferril Lake)
April 9    Berkeley Lake (East side)
April 10    Washington Park (Smith Lake)
April 23    Sloan's Lake (East side)
April 24    City Park (Ferril Lake)
April 30    Rocky Mountain Lake Park

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Fly Fishing 101

Fly Fishing 101 is open to all ages-- rods supplied for the class but not given away. Email fishingisfun@denvergov.org for more information.

April Schedule
Drop-in hours: 4:00-7:00PM

April 1    Sloan's Lake
April 8    Berkeley Lake

 

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



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.

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