Dog Trails and Dog Etiquette
While many people enjoy skiing with dogs on the trails groomed by GMNC, many others do not. Here are a few tips to get the most enjoyment with your four-legged friends and at the same time show respect for other skiers.
Where are Dogs Allowed?
- The Skyway Trail System is dog-free by consensus of our ski community out of respect for the skiers who do not enjoy Nordic skiing around dogs. Also Skyway is the staging area for children’s and adult’s lessons as well as the Grand Mesa Nordic ski race series.
- We request that skiers with dogs use Ward trails, designated dog-friendly trails at County Line, or any of the many non-GMNC trails on the Grand Mesa.
Dog Etiquette Rules
- Dog owners are responsible and liable for their dog’s behavior. Dog behavior is governed by Mesa and Delta County animal control ordinances.
- The USFS requires dogs to be physically restricted or on a 6’ leash in parking lots and at trail-heads.
- On the ski trails, USFS policy requires dogs to be physically restricted or in sight and under voice control at all times.
- Move your dog to the edge of the trail to allow others to pass safely. Fast-running dogs are unpredictable and can be hazardous to skiers. If you encounter the groomers on the trails, step off the trail and hold on to your dog by the collar.
- Remove and dispose of dog feces from parking lots, trail-heads, and trails. We are skiing in the municipal watersheds of Grand Junction and Orchard City. Do your part to protect their drinking water supplies.
- Dogs can significantly impact the groomed trails. In order to keep the groomed trails in top condition for all skiers, users with dogs are asked to purchase an annual Mutts Membership in addition to their Individual or Family Membership.
- Any dog bite should be reported to Animal Services, no matter how minor: Mesa County (970) 242-4646. Delta County Sheriff (970) 874-2015. In an emergency call 911.
- Skijoring is dangerous to other skiers and strongly discouraged on all Nordic ski trails.
If we practice a little common courtesy and respect on the winter trails, everyone can enjoy our world-class ski trails on the Grand Mesa.