There aren’t many places in Colorado Springs where dogs can legally roam off-leash. The Bear Creek Dog Park, in the hills of the city’s west side, is such a place. With 25 acres of fenced-in terrain, it has trails for frolicking, meadows for rolling, and a creek for splashing. For the smaller and younger dogs, there’s a two-acre small dog area, set aside for dogs 25 pounds or less. If canines had a social hub in the Springs, this would be it, as any given day will see dozens of pooches having the times of their lives while owners force small talk. The park is located adjacent to Bear Creek Regional Park and features restrooms, a dog agility training area and a dog-washing station for muddy pets. With 100,000 visitors a year, it’s one of the most-visited El Paso County parks – for man and man’s best friend.
“Well now that’s a crap assignment.” That was my reaction when, as a young reporter at The Colorado Springs Gazette, I was assigned to cover the annual poop cleanup at the park. You’d be amazed, despite the rules about cleaning up after your dog, how much doggie doodoo can accumulate.
- Nobody likes a dogfight. Only well-behaved and friendly dogs are allowed. Dogs that are not spayed or neutered should be kept on-leash.
- During warm weather, Bear Creek offers a great place for dogs (and their owners) to splash around in a natural waterway.
- If your dog is small or a puppy – at least 16 weeks old – the small dog area may be a great place for them.
Recommended season(s): Year-round.
—R. Scott Rappold