What is the reservation season for El Paso County Parks?
Our reservation season runs from April 1-Oct. 31st.
What are the park hours?
Our regional parks are open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. and our community parks are open from Dawn to Dusk.
Can I swim or boat in any of the ponds located on Park Property?
Swimming and boating is prohibited.
Can I bring my dog or horse to your parks?
Dogs and horses are welcome at all of our parks with the exception of the Paint Mines Interpretive Park and the Nature Center Trails.
Do you allow alcohol in any of your parks?
The consumption of alcohol or illegal substances is prohibited in any El Paso County Park.
Do you have a shooting range at any of your park properties?
No we do not. Park users may open carry firearms, however the discarchge of said firearms are unlawful pursuant to rule 8.4 of the Parks Rules and Regulations. Firearms shall include any pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, air gun, gas operated gun, spring gun, or B-B gun, whether loaded or unloaded. Law enforcement officers are the only personel exempt from this rule. The Cheyenne Mountain Shooting Complex is available and open to the public.
Do I have to reserve the Tennis Court or Archery Range if I want to use them?
No you do not. You are more than welcome to use them on a first come first serve basis.
I am interested in joining the Bear Creek Community Gardens who is the contact?
Karen Stith at (719) 634-4433.
Do I have to reserve a pavilion to have a picnic at the park?
You do not have to reserve a pavilion, however reserved pavilions have priority and you may be asked to move if a pavilion has already been reserved. Our parks stay quite busy in the summer and if you would like to guarantee a pavilion for your function we suggest making a reservation.
I would like to use your field for my team’s soccer practice; do I need to reserve it?
Yes all organized sports leagues must reserve the fields and provide proof of insurance and pay a damage deposit. Call the Parks office for more information at 520-7529.
Can I get married in any of your parks?
Yes you can, but please be mindful that if you are using the Wedding Gazebo at Fox Run, the Fields or the Pavilions, a reservation is strongly suggested, and a permit may be required. Please call the office if you plan to get married in an El Paso County Park.
We are having my child's birthday party at the park and we would like to bring a bounce house. Do we need to do anything special?
Yes. You will need to obtain a permit from our office. We must have 30 days advance notice and there are some processing fees included with your regular reservation. Call our office for more information at 520-7529.
Do I have to keep my dog on a leash in your parks?
Yes dogs must be leashed at all times with the exception of the Bear Creek Dog Park and Fox Run Dog Park.
Can I camp overnight in any of your parks?
Camping is restricted to the Fallen Timbers Trailhead area at Fox Run Regional Park. A Special Event permit is issued only to non-profit or community service organizations. Public camping is not permitted in any El Paso County Park.
Do the pavilions have electricity?
Electrical outlets are available in select facilities however usage may not exceed 15 amps; exceeding amperage may cause a blown fuse.