Parks & Public Areas and Your Dog

Parks and Public Areas

Mesa County and Grand Junction have many beautiful parks and riverfront trails where we can take our dogs. This is a privilege, not a right. Loose dogs in a park or on the trail can create a public health hazard and often endanger citizens and their pets.

If you walk your dog in these areas, please keep your dog on a leash. This protects your pet, as well as other people and animals sharing the park and trails. View our brochure on Animal on Trails and people safety.

Laws and common courtesy require pet owners to remove any feces their animals might deposit. Carry the equipment necessary for doing so. This maintains the beauty of our areas as well as establishes good relationships between pets and community. Be a good example to others by being responsible.

Off Leash Areas

In addition to general park areas where dogs are required to be on a leash, Mesa County has several off leash areas where owners can take their dogs to play and burn off energy!

The Bureau of Land Management allows dogs to be off leash, but under voice control in some areas. Visit the Bureau of Land Management website or contact them at (970)244-3000 to determine which areas are approved for off-leash activity.

The City of Grand Junction has an off leash, fenced dog park at Canyon View. Visit the City of Grand Junction website to get directions and view the rules for the dog park.