SNOWMASS VILLAGE - The Snowmass Village Town Council voted on March 18 to allow dogs on leashes on the north Rim Trail for a temporary period of time.
The north section of the trail is currently closed to dogs, based on a restriction in the planned-unit development for the Horse Ranch neighborhood that is meant to protect wildlife habitat. The restriction formerly was not enforced, and many residents have campaigned to open it to canines.
The council had been considering amending the PUD for some time. However, at their March 18 meeting, the officials decided to declare a temporary moratorium on the rule in order to test compliance with a leash law.
A trail that would connect the north Rim to Sky Mountain Park, where dogs are prohibited, is planned, but Pitkin County open space officials have expressed that they want to see compliance with a leash law on the town-owned trail before they build it. Town Attorney John Dresser suggested a temporary moratorium would allow the council to test compliance and prove to the county that it can enforce a leash restriction before taking "the full step."