Park Rangers

The mission of the Denver Park Rangers is to maximize public safety, protect park resources, and provide service to park visitors. Rangers work with internal and external partners to meet the needs of a highly diverse citizenry. Park Rangers patrol by foot, bicycle and vehicle. Rangers assist local law enforcement and work with the Police and Fire Divisions in the event of an emergency or hazardous situation.  Rangers are trained in public contact techniques, CPR, first aid and other life saving and rescue techniques.
The Park Ranger Program provides:
  • Enhancement of public safety through proactive visitor contacts
  • Enforcement of Park Rules and Regulations  
  • Daily patrol and monitoring of the urban and mountain parks 
  • Protection of park resources and facilities
  • Customer service related to park permits and events
  • Emergency response and visitor assistance
  • Maintenance activities to keep parks safe and clean 
  • Administration of the citywide boating program   
  • Outreach and environmental education

City Parks are closed from 11:00 pm to 5:00 am. No access is allowed during these times except on through roads or trails. Mountain Parks are closed one hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise. Permitted activities or events may be allowed after curfew

1. Dogs and pets must be on leash and under physical control at all times.

2. Pet waste must be picked up and disposed of properly.

3. No alcoholic beverages or public consumption of alcohol (only 3.2 beer is allowed).

4. No use or display of marijuana or use of illegal drugs.

5. No glass bottles or any glass containers allowed in parks.

6. No littering. Use trash cans and dumpsters or pack it out.

7. No weapons, firearms, or fireworks.

8. Disturbing the peace, including loud music or sound, is prohibited.

9. The sale of goods and services requires a Parks and Recreation Permit.

10. No overnight camping, tents, enclosures, or other unpermitted structures such as air castles, pools, or water slides.

11. Motorized vehicles allowed only on roads and in parking areas.

12. Large gatherings normally require a permit. To reserve a permit site call Denver Parks and Recreation Permit Office at (720) 913-0700

13. Do not attach anything to trees or structures.

14. Removal or damage to plants or structures is prohibited.

15. Fires and coals are allowed in grills only. Grills must be least 12 inches off the ground.

16. Thoroughly extinguish all charcoals, dispose of properly or pack it out.

17. No feeding or disturbing wildlife. A license is required for fishing.

18. No boating without a permit. Safety equipment is required including a personal flotation device.

19. No swimming is allowed except in swimming pools.

20. Swimming or wading in fountains is prohibited.

21. Rock climbing and off-trail use is prohibited at Red Rocks and Summit Lake Parks.

A full copy of the Department of Parks and Recreation Rules and Regulations is available here.  Violators of park rules and regulations are subject to fines and eviction from the park.

The Volunteer Courtesy Patrol was created in 2011 by the Denver Parks and Recreation Ranger Program with help from BikeDenver, and is comprised of over 100 volunteers who are excited about helping their community.  Volunteers model good behavior for others, provide information to park and trail visitors including information about safety, provide mechanical and medical assistance as needed, report maintenance issues, and provide extra eyes and ears for the Denver Rangers.  They currently patrol Denver’s most visited areas including the Cherry Creek Trail, the South Platte River Trail, Washington Park, City Park, Cheesman Park, Bear Creek Park/Trail, and High Line Canal Trail.  More information on the Volunteer Page.

Download the 2015 Fishing is Fun schedule

Each summer, Denver Park Rangers host Fishing is Fun, a FREE program for youth to learn about fishing basics, lake ecosystems, responsible fishing practices and environmental stewardship. Children are offered a free fishing pole if they do not have equipment. For more information, contact Julie Underwood at

2015 Fishing is Fun Schedule
More dates may be added; all events are 9:00AM - 2:00PM

Saturday June 20 Rocky Mountain Lake Park
Sunday June 21 Huston Lake Park
Sunday June 28 Harvey Park
Saturday July 4 Garfield Lake Park
Sunday July 5 Garfield Lake Park
Saturday July 11 Washington Park; Lily Pond
Sunday July 12 Sloan's Lake
Sunday July 19 Rocky Mountain Lake Park
Saturday July 25 Town Center Park
Sunday  July 26 Garfield Lake Park
Sunday August 2 Sloan's Lake
Saturday August 8 City Park; Little Lake
Sunday August 9 Rocky Mountain Lake Park
Sunday August 16 Garfield Lake Park
Saturday August 22 Washington Park; Smith Lake
Sunday August 23 Sloan's Lake
Sunday August 31 Rocky Mountain Lake Park
Saturday September 5 Garfield Lake Park
Sunday September 6 Garfield Lake Park

Contact Us

Urban Park Ranger
Call 311

Outside the City of Denver