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The City of Steamboat Springs Parks and Community Services is increasing enforcement of dog leash laws.
Leash laws are intended to help protect wildlife, domesticated animals, and people. A shocking 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs every year. In Steamboat Springs, a six foot handheld leash is required in all public spaces in order to keep our furry friends from injuring others and to keep our neighboring wildlife from harm and disturbance.
Rita Valentine Park and Spring Creek Park are the only off leash zones offered in town. These two parks have specific regulations that must be advised while using the space. See below for more information on these parks.
Dogs must always be under voice and sight control. Owners are legally responsible and liable for their dog and any injury or property damage to others. All dogs must have current vaccinations and have a current city license displayed on the collar at all times.
Steamboat Springs will begin enforcing leash laws on Emerald Mountain Trails as well as other trails and parks in the city. All dogs are required to be on a leash when off the premises of the owner/keeper or not in a designated off leash zone. There is a minimum fifty dollar fine for failing to abide this regulation.
It is essential for all users to remember proper trail etiquette while recreating in these areas. For instance, one should always keep their dog in close range in order to ensure full control of the animal in any given situation. It is also important to keep in mind that all owners/keepers are responsible for cleaning up their dog’s waste and failure to do so could result in a fine. City ordinance sec 4-12 states that no persons shall fail to prevent their animal from defecating upon any property other than the premises of the owner or keeper, unless the owner immediately removed or cleaned up such deposit and disposed of it in a toilet or receptacle ordinarily used for garbage and covered by a lid.
In order to continue enjoying our beautiful parks and trail systems the community must be aware of all regulations and assist in educating others.