This issue of trail calls brings us to Bear Creek Dog Park, rated one of the top 10 best dog parks in the US by USA Today in 2015. Located off 21st street between Lower Gold Camp Road and Rio Grande Street, the park sprawls 25 acres of off-leash, fenced foothill landscape. As the name suggests, Bear Creek runs through the park, alongside various natural elements including mini waterfalls and natural pools. You will also find sunflower fields in the summer, a dog agility course, and a separate enclosure for small dog breeds and seniors.

This is like Disney Land for dogs and an enjoyable outdoor experience for fellow humans. Weekends are prime time for visitors, so if you and your pet prefer a low key experience, try for a weekday morning. There are two parking areas, with the main lot accessible at Rio Grande Street. The park was established in 1997 and is managed and maintained by the El Paso County Parks and Leisure Services Department.

Trail Call

Looking to get your 10,000 steps in for the day while exercising Fido? Walk the periphery of the park along the trail in a loop 3-4 times, and you will nail your step count for the day. Each loop is around 3/4 mile.

Trail Etiquette

Puppies must be at least 16 weeks old. Please leash your dog/s until safely within the fence of the park. Waste bags are provided to help clean up after your pet, but bring extra just in case.

Hours of Operation

Park Hours: Year Round, 6am-8pm


Off-Leash Dog Park, Trail Walking/Running, natural creeks and pools, dog agility course, small dog area, dog drinking fountain, dog rinse, public restrooms, picnic tables.

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Angela Anderson - Certified Personal Trainer
Angela Anderson
Certified Personal Trainer at Be The Change Health

Owner of Be the Change Health, Wellness and Fitness, Independent Beachbody Coach and Certified Personal Trainer.