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Aspen is a dog-lover’s paradise and we’ve got Insta-celebrity pooches like Jack the Pup and Rocky the Berner to prove it. We’ve also got hotels that cater to dogs with plush dog beds, squeaky toys and afternoon dog-walkers, along with tons of dog-friendly trails to explore and cool watering holes in which to play. Most businesses are dog friendly, too. Be sure to get a biscuit at Alpine Bank or the Aspen Chamber Resort Association information booth for your pooch as you pass!
 
LEASH LAWS:
  • Dogs must be leashed downtown and on all trails in Aspen and Pitkin Co. Open Space, including the pedestrian malls and the Rio Grande Trail, unless there is a noted exception.
  • At many Aspen-area trailheads, there are leashes available to borrow – so no excuses!
  • Within the national forest, dogs must be leashed within wilderness areas.
 
OFF-LEASH PLAY:
  • Dogs are allowed off-leash at Rio Grande and Wagner Parks, Marolt Open Space (and its pond which is open to dog swimming), as well as Smuggler Mountain Road. 
  • When off-leash, dogs must be in your sight and should be able respond to voice commands. 
  • You and your dog could come upon a host of wildlife such as bear, elk, deer, moose, and coyote – all of which will attack a dog if it feels threatened. 
 
HIKING WITH YOUR DOG:
  • Pack plenty of water and extra poop bags which are provided for free throughout Aspen, attached to green receptacles where you can also throw the poop away. 
  • Pack out your dog poop. While we love dogs in Aspen, we’re not so enamored by owners who neglect their dog’s waste. 
  • In summer, dogs can ride in Aspen Mountain’s Silver Queen gondolas marked with a paw print. This means you can hike Aspen Mountain and catch a lift back to town, or vice versa. 
  • Dogs are allowed to ride the RFTA shuttle from Aspen Highlands to the Maroon Bells for free when accompanying a ticketed passenger.
 
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  • Don’t have a dog? You can try one on for size at the Aspen Animal Shelter. 
  • Recognized by the American Humane Association as one of the top 100 animal shelter programs in the United States, the Aspen Shelter’s dog walking program ensures shelter dogs waiting for adoption get plenty of exercise and human interaction. 
  • Just drop by the shelter and ask to take a dog for a walk or a hike, it’s that easy. 
 
DOGGO SAFETY:
  • The asphalt during the Saturday Market and other events around town can become very hot on your dog’s feet. Please be aware and leave your dogs at home if necessary.
  • Once in a while Aspen goes off with a bang! The Fourth of July canon (6 a.m. y’all), fireworks at various times of year and avalanche bombs when the snowfall warrants them. Even the daily noontime bell from the firehouse can scare local pooches. 
  • If your dog takes off at the sound of loud noises, please keep them home when you are out an about or in a fenced yard.
  • Events like firework shows and avalanche bombs are announced by the Pitkin Co. Alert system. All you need to do to get the news is sign up at Pitkinalert.org
 

4th of July Parade Waiver

2018 ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED 

IMPORTANT PARADE INFORMATION

PARADE STARTING/STAGING: The parade will begin at 11:00am. Parade positioning is “first come, first serve” and line up begins no earlier than 10:00am. There is no entry fee and the parade is open to the public. All 5 lanes of Main Street, from Aspen Street to 2nd Street, will be closed to all traffic & designated for parade staging only. Power is not provided in staging area and remember generators do need gas.

PARADE ROUTE: The parade will start East on Main Street. It will turn South onto Hunter Street, then West onto Cooper Avenue. The parade will continue West on Cooper Avenue to Galena Street. At Galena it heads North for 2 blocks before turning West onto Hopkins Avenue. The parade will continue South on Mill then West on Hyman Avenue. Parade participants will be directed to disperse at Hyman and Monarch Street.  PARADE JUDGING: Parade judging will take place in front of the Hotel Jerome. Participants will be limited to 1 minute or less for any performances in front of the judges. Security will be onsite monitoring all entries to help prevent gaps in the parade route. Recognition will be awarded to the best entries in the following categories: 

Most Patriotic | Most Humorous | Best Animal | Best Music | Most Outrageous | Best Children’s  

PARADE REMINDERS:  

  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited during the parade.
  • Candy, favors, etc. should not be thrown from your float/vehicle during the parade. This is for the safety of the spectators and to prevent children from running out into the street. 
  • Water balloons will not be permitted. According to city ordinances, those caught throwing balloons will be removed from the parade and could face citations and/or arrests. 
  • All parade entries must be in “good taste” and will be allowed in the parade per the director’s discretion. 
  • Maximum height restriction for any float entry is 13’5”.

 

The undersigned organization has elected to participate in the Fourth of July parade sponsored by the City of Aspen and Aspen Chamber Resort

Association (“ACRA”). In consideration for City of Aspen and ACRA allowing the undersigned to participate in the festivities, the undersigned has read, understood, and willingly agreed to the terms of this INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT (collectively referred to herein as “RELEASE”).

INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT

                                    Participants are required to carry insurance adequate to cover any liability for damage, injury, economic loss, or other

liability that may be incurred by individuals and/or organizations during the Fourth of July parade. All participants agree to carry such insurance, and also agree not to submit any claim against the insurance of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, or anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade.

WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT

                                         The undersigned understands the potential dangers that could be encountered in participating in the Fourth of July

parade. The dangers include, among other things, dangers relating to vehicular and pedestrian traffic; crowds of persons in close proximity to such traffic; animals that may react unpredictably in a parade environment; celebration and recreational activities; loud and unexpected noise; items that may be thrown to and from the crowd in connection with the parade; and other dangers traditionally associated with parades.

      Understanding those risks, the undersigned for itself and for all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade with the undersigned, does hereby agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and release City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their

officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade from any and all

liability, claims, demands, actions, or rights of action (including attorneys’ fees and costs) that are related to or are in any way connected with the

undersigned’s participation in the parade. By signing this RELEASE, the undersigned intends to extinguish any and all liability and to indemnify against any loss on the part of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade for any injury or damage of any nature (without regard to negligence or fault) to the undersigned and to all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

                                      The undersigned warrants and represents that it will not invite or allow any person to participate in the parade unless

such person is bound to the terms of this RELEASE. To that end, the undersigned agrees that it shall take any steps necessary to secure agreement of such persons to the terms of this RELEASE, and that it shall be deemed a responsible person within the meaning of C.R.S. § 13-22-107 and § 19-1103(94) for all children who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION

   I am the official representative of the undersigned organization. On behalf of the organization, I acknowledge our responsibilities as set forth above. I also accept on behalf of the organization all of the terms and conditions of this

INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT.

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