Prospective residents often ask if dogs are allowed at Heather Gardens. The answer is a resounding “yes.”  People walking – and responsibly picking up after – their properly leashed dogs along the beautiful, park-like grounds of Heather Gardens are a common sight.

But for dogs that occasionally yearn to break free from their leashes and romp with other dogs, there’s a big plus to living at Heather Gardens. The community is just a five-minute drive from one of metro Denver’s largest off-leash dog parks.

Colorado State Parks & Wildlife offers a 107-acre fenced dog off-leash area at Cherry Creek State Park, located off Parker Road in the southeast section of the park. There’s plenty of room for pooches to run, and many of them delight in splashing in the creek that runs through the off-leash area.

Vehicle entry to the park requires a valid park day-pass or an annual park pass. Colorado residents age 64 or older can obtain an annual Aspen Leaf Pass for $60; at Cherry Creek, an annual $3 water basin authority decal is so is required.

A $2 per day pass allows one handler to bring in up to three dogs.

An annual off-leash pass costing $20 per year allows one handler from a household to bring up to three dogs at a time. The pass is valid for 12 months from the date of purchase.

The designated off-leash area meets the requirements of the landowner, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to ensure responsible use of land and water.

Fees may be subject to change. For more information on the off-leash area or the Aspen Leaf Pass, visit www.cpw.state.co.us