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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Palmer Park is a real jewel for all users, human and canine:
please help keep it that way.