Park Rangers

What We Do:

SSPRD Park Rangers are community assets that protect visitor safety and park resources through customer service, education, and rule enforcement.

How to Reach Us:

Reach the on-duty ranger seven days per week from 6:30 am to sunset by calling 303.435.8227. You may also email us at

Check us out on Twitter, too! @rangerssprd

Reasons to Contact Us:

  • Questions or concerns about our Park Rules & Regulations.
  • Reports of rule violations or safety concerns.
  • Wildlife sightings or conflicts.

Where to Find Us:

Rangers are based at Carson Nature Center in South Platte Park (3000 W. Carson Dr., Littleton, CO 80201). However, we serve and roam the entire District! Rangers can be found in any of South Suburban’s 125+ parks. Visit our Parks Map to explore the District.


On-Duty Ranger:



Visit the Fishing page to view the latest South Platte Park fishing report and submit photos of your fish to be featured as the Catch of the Week! 

Junior Rangers:

Become a Junior Ranger today!

South Suburban Park Rangers have an important duty to help keep visitors safe while they are having fun in our parks. We need your help! Print and complete the Junior Ranger Guide, and take the pledge at the end to become a Junior Ranger. Pick up your FREE Junior Ranger sticker by turning in your completed guide at the Carson Nature Center. Printed guides are also available at Carson Nature Center, or from the Park Rangers you may meet out in the parks.





B.A.R.K. Rangers

Love hanging outside with your favorite paw-tner? South Suburban’s pet-friendly outdoor spaces are the perfect playground for your pup. To keep these spaces safe and clean, we need your help!

South Suburban is looking for pet ambassadors to become B.A.R.K. Rangers! These dogs and owners follow basic principles to ensure guests of all types have a paw-sitive experience.

B = Bag your pet’s waste
A = Always leash your pet
R = Respect wildlife
K = Know where you can go

If you and your best friend are interested, stop by one of our pop-up ranger booths to take the pledge. Your dog will get a certificate, as well as a badge to identify as a B.A.R.K. Ranger.

2023 Pop-Up Booths:

Meet Your Park Rangers

Park Rangers can help answer questions about open spaces, trails, park rules and much more. 

Ranger David

David started his career right here at South Suburban as a seasonal park ranger. David then worked for Denver Parks and Recreation before returning to South Suburban as a full time park ranger, and then in 2019 was promoted to senior park ranger. Prior to his ranger experience, David worked as a lifeguard, safety specialist, and loss prevention agent. David loves white water kayaking, snowboarding, skateboarding, camping, and sharing his love for the outdoors with park visitors.

Ranger Ryan

Ryan is a full time law enforcement ranger. Originally from Chicago, Ryan grew up in Evergreen, Colorado where he developed a passion for fishing, hunting, hiking, and camping. Ryan has experience as a park ranger and animal control officer for the city of Aurora and was a seasonal park ranger with South Suburban at Rueter Hess Reservoir in summer of 2021. Ryan loves to share his knowledge of parks, natural resources, fishing, and wildlife with all who visit the parks, and makes the best venison jerky this side of the Continental Divide.

Ranger Maddie

Ranger Maddie is a full time law enforcement ranger. She grew up in the heart of the South Suburban district in Littleton, Colorado. Maddie has experience as a Park Ranger in the Denver Mountain Parks and the City of Lakewood. She is a certified interpretive guide. Maddie is an avid angler and is always on the hunt for the best tasting hotdog!



Ranger Emily

Ranger Emily started as a seasonal ranger in 2022 and is now a full-time South Suburban Ranger. She has several years of loss prevention and seasonal ranger experience here and in Maryland at Fort Frederick State Park. A new Colorado transplant (who is definitely happy about less humidity), she is excited to learn more about Colorful Colorado and to find a better sandwich (aka hotdog) than Maddie.

Ranger Ben

Ben is a full-time law enforcement park ranger who began his career with South Suburban as a seasonal park ranger in spring 2022. Ben is a certified Leave No Trace trainer, you’ll often find him pick sticking snack wrappers while walking SSPRD parks. Some of Ben’s favorite activities are camping, hiking, DnD and birding.

Ranger Rob

Born and raised in Virginia, Ranger Rob got a Sport and Recreation Degree at James Madison University before moving to Colorado in 2021 to pursue a career as a park ranger. Rob started as a seasonal at South Suburban in the spring of 2022 before being hired full time late 2022. He is still enjoying learning about all the different wildlife and plants in this part of the country. In his free time, you’ll likely find him hiking with his dog, watching a new movie, or reading a good book.

Ranger Sam

Sam is a full time law enforcement ranger. He has had experience working as a Park Ranger for the National Park Service; City of Colorado Springs; Columbia, South Carolina; and now here at South Suburban. He enjoys recreating in the outdoors any way he can, from reading in a camp chair, to climbing rocks in the mountains. He can be found in the parks in his off-time walking his dog, Frankie; or riding bikes with his partner.

Ranger Derek

Derek Hughes: Derek started his journey of protecting Colorado’s natural resources toward the tail end of the pandemic. Derek started his career at CPW and has since continued his career right here with us at SSPRD as a seasonal Ranger. He was born and raised just south of Detroit, MI, where he grew up playing hockey and attending school to receive his B.B.A in Economics from Adrian College. If he isn’t working he is most likely out and about, exploring our wild areas and looking for new places to climb or hunt.

Ranger Roseann

Roseann is a Seasonal Park Ranger for 2023. This is her first seasonal position and she is excited to be a part of the ranger team. She has lived in Littleton for 15 years and has enjoyed living close to South Platte Park, where you can find her biking and walking on the trails.