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Leash law reminder

Dear Editor:

Pitkin County Open Space and Trails would like to address the photograph which appeared on page three of Tuesday’s Aspen Times (Dec. 9). The photo showed a woman on the Rio Grande Trail skiing with a dog off leash. Open Space appreciates any photos which highlight Pitkin County’s wonderful trails system, an amenity we all cherish. We would like to remind trail users that there is a mandatory leash law on all open space trails and properties.

With the new snow more and more ski terrain opens to Nordic skiing. Dog owners are always welcome to ski the “Bernese Boulevard Trail” at the Aspen Golf Course and the new “Labrador Lane” at the Snowmass Golf Course Nordic Center with their doggy under voice control and with the leash optional. The Aspen Open Space Marolt Property is another dog friendly voice control/leash option ski area. All other open space properties are strictly “leash mandatory and poop removal required” areas in order to respect wildlife and other trail users.

Independence Pass and the Maroon Bells Road are very popular National Forest dog friendly “voice control/leash option and poop removal required” areas to recreate with your pet. Get out and enjoy your open space with your pet and remember you are required to have a leash and waste bag with you.

John B. Armstrong

Ranger, Pitkin County Open Space and Trails


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