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City of Colorado Springs Park Rules

The city of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services is responsible for creating and enforcing rules across all city parks.

Park Hours

  • November 1 to April 30: 5 am - 9 pm.
  • May 1 to October 31: 5 am - 10 pm.

Ute Valley Park Exceptions

  1. There is no designated smoking area in Ute Valley Park.
  2. There is no designated area where the pet waste rule does not apply in Ute Valley Park.
  3. There is no dog park or off-leash area in Ute Valley Park.

Park Rules

  1. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in City Parks by Ordinance No. 9-9-410.
  2. Parking/Vehicular Access: Motorized vehicles of all types including golf carts, gators, ATVs, etc, are strictly prohibited on park property, lawns, turf, restricted roadways, bicycle/pedestrian pathways, creek pathways, turf or athletic fields. All cars must be parked in designated parking areas.
  3. Trash and debris must be disposed of properly.
  4. Open fires and charcoal grills are prohibited. Place propane grills on hard surfaces such as a concrete pad or picnic table.
  5. It is unlawful for any person to injure, deface, destroy, sever or remove any park property.
  6. If you are using amplified equipment for your picnic or event, you will need to obtain a noise permit through the Police Department per Ordinances No. 9-8-101 through 9-8-109. Please contact CSPD at 444-7704 regarding noise permits. No permit is confirmed until the noise permit has been approved.
  7. The posting of signs leading to a reservation area or hanging decorations or other materials on park buildings, structures or vegetation is prohibited.
  8. The smoking of any cigarette, pipe, cigar or electronic smoking device is prohibited on park property unless a designated area is provided. No. 6-6-202
  9. It is unlawful for any unauthorized person to attach any rope, wire or other contrivance to any tree or plant in any park.

Pet-related Rules


It is unlawful for any person to allow any animal over which the person has control to defecate upon any park land without the excrement being removed by the person in control of the animal from the park and dispose of properly. The Park Manager may designate areas of the parks where the rule does not apply. (Ord. 18-24)


A. It is unlawful for any person to lead or allow to be loose any animal upon park premises; dogs, however, may be led or carried but not allowed loose. Dogs may be loose but under the control of the owner or keeper in those areas designated as dog parks or off-leash areas. Nothing in this section shall be construed as permitting the running of dogs at large. All dogs in those areas where the animals are permitted without leashes shall be under control at all times.

B. In any dog park or off-leash area designated by the Park Manager in which dogs are permitted without leashes, it is unlawful for any person:

  1. To intentionally, knowingly or recklessly lead, bring or release any other type or species of animal into or upon the confined or fenced dog park or off-leash area; or
  2. To fail to obey any posted rules, regulations or guidelines for use of the fenced dog park or off-leash area.
  3. To bring a dangerous animal, as defined in section 6.7.107 (link is external) of this Code, into a fenced dog park or off-leash area. (Ord. 18-24)

Trail Etiquette

Trail right of way sign
  • Please, stay on the trail.
  • Share the trail. Ride, walk or run on the right, pass on the left.
  • Bicyclist - slow down when approaching others or curves. Warn others when passing.
  • Dogs must be on leash. Owner is responsible for cleaning up pet excrement.

Leave No Trace

Ute Valley Park proudly supports the Leave No Trace Seven Principles. Please help keep the park safe and clean for all visitors by following the principles.

Please read and always obey the rules of Ute Valley Park.

  • A lone tree in Ute Valley Park

    Plan Ahead & Prepare

    A little preparation goes a long way! Checking the forecast, planning your route, and reviewing the Rules and Regulations will help prepare you for your Ute Valley Park adventure.

  • Ute Valley Park trail

    Travel on Durable Surfaces

    Stay on designated trails to minimize soil erosion and preserve Ute Valley Park's natural features. Muddy trails? Hike right through them! And please respect Natural Preservation Area closures.

  • Rubbish in the dirt

    Dispose of Waste Properly

    Please pack out all trash items, including bagged dog waste, or place it into trash cans before leaving the park. This keeps Ute Valley Park looking (and smelling) bea-UTE-iful!

  • Flowers

    Leave What You Find

    From flowers to frog eggs, Ute Valley Park is full of fascinating features! Remember to take pictures of these fun finds and leave them where they are for other park users to discover.

  • A deer in Ute Valley Park

    Respect Wildlife

    Ute Valley Park provides essential habitat for a variety of animals. Please observe all wildlife from safe distances and never feed them. Keeping your pet on a leash protects everyone who uses, and lives in, the park.

  • Hikers walking on snow in the park

    Be Considerate of Other Visitors

    Practice recreational empathy! Enhance the experience of other park visitors by sharing the trail. Cyclists should always ride in control. Hikers, be mindful of the Downhill Bike Area trails.