Pets at Curecanti

BARK ranger at Dillon Pinnacles
Libby and Tad cruising by Dillon Pinnacles on Blue Mesa.

NPS image by Lisa Stoorza

Pets are permitted at Curecanti National Recreation Area, and allowed on all hiking trails, but must be leashed at all times. National recreation areas are managed differently than national parks, and recreation is a major focus. That means you can enjoy recreating with your pet.

What can you do with a pet at Curecanti?

  • In summer, hike any of the seven major trails in the recreation area--on leash, of course!
  • In summer, canoe or paddleboard with your furry friends. Make sure pets and people have life jackets on.
  • In winter, snowshoe with your pets. Make sure they have paw booties on for safety.
  • Become a “Bark Ranger.” Get the information from the Elk Creek Visitor Center, fill out the form, take the oath, and earn a sticker for your friend!

Pets are not allowed on marinas or docks, except for direct travel to and from a boat. Pets are also prohibited on the Morrow Point Boat Tour (boat tours have been cancelled for an indefinite amount of time).

Pet excrement must be picked up by pet owners and disposed of in trash receptacles immediately. Leaving pet excrement on the side of the trail for pick-up later is prohibited.

Owners are responsible for their pet's behavior and may receive fines if their animal creates problems with wildlife and/or other visitors.

It is not recommended to leave pets unattended in vehicles. Interior temperatures of vehicles rise within minutes and pets can quickly overheat and die, even with the windows cracked. It is prohibited to leave pets unattended attached to any objects anywhere in the park.

Be aware that water bodies across the nation, including at Curecanti, occasionally harbor toxic algae blooms. If you notice water the color of pea soup or blue-green paint, avoid exposure. If you or your animals have nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, irritated eyes, seizures, or breathing problems, contact medical care (doctor or veterinarian) or Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222. You can help monitor and alert others by participating with Bloomwatch. Learn more at

Boarding services may be found in the nearby communities of Montrose, Olathe, and Gunnison.


Service Animals

Please visit the National Park Service's webpage for detailed information on bringing service animals to NPS sites.
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Last updated: May 31, 2023

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