B.A.R.K. Rangers

BARK ranger at Dillon Pinnacles on Blue Mesa
Certified B.A.R.K. ranger at Dillon Pinnacles on Blue Mesa

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The B.A.R.K. Code:

Bag your pet's waste

Always leash your pet

Respect wildlife

Know where you can go

To be a B.A.R.K. ranger, you must adhere to the B.A.R.K. code, and complete one of the following activities:

Hike a Trail

All trails in Curecanti National Recreation Area are leashed-dog friendly. Many Curecanti trails go through critical wildlife habitat, or pass near cliffs or dangerous rapids. By keeping your dog on a leash, you're keeping your dog safe and protecting wildlife.

Play in One of the Reservoirs

Enjoy some of Blue Mesa Reservoir's 96 miles of shoreline. Remember to use a poop bag and dispose of it in the trash.

Go for a Boat Ride

Hang out on a boat with your pup. Go paddleboarding, out on a motorboat,
canoeing or any other boating you do best. Remember to wear your PFD and put one on your pet!

The B.A.R.K. Ranger program is free! Ask a ranger about what areas are open to dogs and what safety precautions should be taken. After a ranger at the Elk Creek Visitor Center has approved your B.A.R.K. Ranger status, you can receive a B.A.R.K. Ranger sticker.

Note: Except for service animals, pets are not allowed in federal buildings. (https://www.ecfr.gov/current/title-36/chapter-I/part-2/section-2.15)

When you post photos of your pets on a social media site, be sure tag us and to use #BarkRanger or #CurecantiNationalRecreationArea. Browse photos of B.A.R.K. Rangers and join a community of thousands from across the nation and the world!


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    Last updated: March 9, 2023

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