Dog Friendly Parks Around Anchorage, Alaska

The city of Anchorage, Alaska, is surrounded by many options of exploring the beautiful nature with your dog. Though an urban area, it is in proximity to dense Alaskan wilderness. Some of these parks have off-leash areas for dogs to enjoy, especially if you love snow!

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Connor’s Lake (Bog) Unleashed Dog Area

This dog park is not fenced, but are allowed throughout the park to play with other dogs. Dogs are allowed on the trails on-leash, except during the winter months.

Russian Jack Springs Park

This pleasant greater park takes up 300 acres, including 8 tennis courts, 2 picnic areas, 1.5 miles of hiking trails that connect with a greater trail network, softball fields and 3 miles of cross-country ski trails. The off-leash area is called Lion’s Camper Park.

Far North Bicentennial Park

Dogs are welcome to hike around this park so long as they are vaccinated, leashed and well-behaved. Many cross country skiers and dog mushers use this park’s trails. The unleashed area is called the North Gasline Trail, which is off of Campbell Airstrip Road.

University Lake Park

This off-leash area is right on a lake, near forest and some other beautiful scenery. It is not fenced, but there are many fun trails to explore, some of which circle around the lake.

Hillside Park

Hillside Park contains many different trails, some with awesome views of Anchorage. The more difficult the trail is, the higher the number it will be marked. Many people use the trails for cross-country skiing and mountain biking, depending on the season. Dogs are allowed to join you on leash.

Delany Park Strip

This is an urban recreational area in Anchorage, that has festivals and events throughout the year. Other common activities include kite flying, skating, tennis, volleyball, baseball and basketball. Dogs are allowed throughout this park on leash.

Earthquake Park

This park commemorates an earthquake that hit its premises in March 1964, that was a 9.2 on the Richter Scale. There are many monuments and other memorabilia that cite this event throughout its grounds. Leashed dogs are allowed in this park.

Chugach State Park

This huge park has half a million acres, making it the third biggest American state park! It is an extremely diverse park, full of rivers, streams, mountains and forests. Dogs are allowed throughout the park on leash. Be careful if you let your dog off-leash, because of the wildlife that live in the park.

Dog-Friendly Hiking Around Tucson, Arizona

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There are many excellent hiking opportunities around Tucson, Arizona, with all levels of difficulty. The Huachuca Mountains, Santa Catalina Mountains and Santa Rita Mountains are all amazing places to visit with your rugged dog!

Note: Keep updated on these trails, because sometimes they face the problem of forest fires and need to be repaired.

Upper Ramsey Canyon

Located in the Huachuca Mountains, this is a wonderful three-hour hike. Your dog can join you on leash. It is known to be a great way to escape the summer heat, because of its shade and high elevation. It is approximately 4.6 miles in length, and is moderate in difficulty.

Aspen Loop from Marshall Gulch

This hike is within the Santa Catalina Mountains, and is about 3.7 miles long. It is a shorter hike of only 1.5 hours. Dogs can join you on leash, and it is moderate in difficulty. If you go on weekends, you should wake up early to grab a parking spot. It is a good spot for escaping summer heat, and you can get good exercise within the shade of the pine and fir forest.

Green Mountain Trail

The Green Mountain Trail is a moderate hike in the Santa Catalina Mountains that can be done in any season, but it is recommended to go in the spring or fall. You are able to hike 3.9 miles through many different types of forest, and get stunning views. This particular trail is 2.2 miles, but there are also some side trails along the way. Dogs can join you on leash.

Wildnerness Rocks, from the Summit of Mt Lemmon

This is a more advanced hike in the Santa Catalina Mountains, which you should plan in ahead. It is a five hour  adventure through 8.6 miles of trail. It is best to do this hike in the spring, summer and fall. Dogs can accompany you on leash. This area has fantastic rock formations among the pine trees, and it does not get too crowded.

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Bog Spring

Bog Spring is a trail in the Santa Rita Mountains, which is moderate in difficulty. It is recommended to go in the Spring, Fall and Winter. It takes about three hours to complete this hike, which is approximately 5.4 miles long. Dogs are allowed on leash.

Dog-Friendly Hiking in the East Bay Area, California

The East Bay region of California is full of awesome nature, and so many options for hikers. If you are on vacation in San Francisco, and you and your dog need a break from the city life, you are definitely not short of options.

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Point Isabel Regional Shoreline

Although it is not a true “hiking” spot, this park does allow dogs to run around off-leash. Point Isabel Regional Shoreline is a landscaped, 21-acre park that has flat, paved trails suitable for wheelchairs and strollers. You can easily take a 3.2 mile hike, going back and forth, at a beginner’s level.

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Humans get to enjoy excellent views of of SF Bay, into the city, as well as Mount Tamalpaid and Angel Island. This spot also features easy parking, picnic tables and restrooms. There are waste bags available.

Redwood Regional Park

This 1,829 acre park has a great trail network, with a few major ones, and many minor ones. It has many coast Redwoods, along with evergreens and grassy areas; Redwood Creek runs throughout parts of the park. Parking lots can get crowded on the weekends, so try to get there early. You can choose your path, and they range from level of difficulty and distance. The park has some picnic areas which are handicap accessible. Dogs are required to be on leash in the developed areas, and on voice command in undeveloped areas.

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park

This is a huge park of 5,271 acres, that has limited trails to preserve the nature of the area. It is very busy when you first enter the first two miles of the trail from the parking lot, with hikers, cyclists, joggers and dog walkers; it gets less crowded, and more pleasant, the further in you go. When you hike further inward, there are excellent views of the canyon, and access to some streams. Dogs are required to be on leash in the developed areas, and on voice command in undeveloped areas.

Mission Peak Regional Preserve

This lesser-known 3,000 acre park is east of Fremont, and contains Mission and Monument Peaks. Mission Peak offers excellent views of many other mountains and mountain ranges, for those who seek a challenge with a scenic award. There are some wild goats roaming the mountainside. It takes about five hours to go up to the peak and back. Of course there are less challenging trails as well. There is no shade throughout the trails of the greater park, so hikers should probably go on cooler or cloudier days. Dogs are required to be on leash in the developed areas, and on voice command in undeveloped areas.

Dog Vacationing in the San Juan Islands, Washington

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If you and your dog are hikers, this is the place to go! This is a group of hundreds of islands West of mainland Washington. You can take a ferry to Orcas, San Juan, Shaw and Lopez. It is a good place to escape from the rainy weather in Portland or Seattle, because all of the rain that reaches this area gets dumped on Vancouver Island, so these places are usually sunny.

Make sure you have a ferry schedule to get there. Dogs can go on the ferries but they have to remain in cars or car decks.

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Clover Valley

This is a popular local dog park of North Whidbey Island, so you can bring your dog here if it is social. There are two acres where your dog can run around off-leash. The area is contained within a wooden gate.

Patmore Pit

This is a 40-acre off-leash area park that is partially fenced. There are lots of brush, trees and crab grass for your dog to sniff and explore.

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Moran State Park

This park has over 5,000 acres of forest, 5 lakes, 2 waterfalls and 30 miles of hiking trails. Cascade Lake has a designated swimming area, but dogs are not allowed in the roped-off area. You can take our dog hiking up the marvelous 2,400 foot peak, Mt Constitution.

Obstruction Pass

This is a rustic park full of many campsites. There are many observation rocks where you can stare off into the distance, or look at starfish suck on the rocks!

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San Juan County Park

This park is famous for whale-watching, and the territory comes complete with a beach, rocky bluff and gravel beach. There are many areas you can take your dog hiking, or relax and enjoy a picnic and observe the wildlife.

American Camp

This camp is big and rugged, and has over 1,000 acres of planes, forests and beaches. There are many historical guidebooks you can take along with you while you hike with your dog.

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Shaw Island County Park

This park is on a tiny island that isn’t often frequented by tourists. It is a fantastic beach where you can access great views of Canoe and Lopez Islands. The sand is very soft, which your dog will like. There are also several observation rocks and driftwood logs for your contemplative bonding with your dog!

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Young’s Park

This island is actually nicknamed “Dog Island,” so it is very appropriate for dog vacationing. This particular park has many uses, including fishing, crabbing, beachcombing, stick throwing, kite flying, boating, exploring or fetch playing. The surface of the beach has sand and gravel, so your dog will like it. The best views of Canada can be seen from the North side.

Great Dogs Parks in Denver and Boulder, Colorado

These cities in Colorado are known for rapid beauty and natural surroundings, that you and your dog will surely enjoy. Denver has been rated to have the best parks and trails for 2009, and dogs are often welcome.dog-denver

Denver:

Greenway Park Dog Park

This off-leash park has been voted best dog park in Denver. The park is both clean and secure, and offers hydrants and waste bags. The greater park itself offers picnic areas, and hiking and biking trails.

Earth Dog Denver:

Earth Dog Denver is a resort for dogs, which includes daycare, grooming, kennels and training. There are mountains and a huge dog swimming pool. They offer organic dog food and hold events. Their off-leash dog park is open to the public for $5/day.

Green Valley Ranch East Park:

This off-leash area is not fenced in, so make sure your dog knows not to stray off. Be careful, because there are thorns and cacti around the premises!

Berkeley Park Off-Leash Dog Park:

This fenced-in, off-leash park is centrally located and surrounded by beautiful scenery of a mountainous backdrop. It is a big grass field, but be aware that there are no benches. Open dusk to dawn, seven days a week.

Barnum Park:

This is an off-leash park located close to downtown Denver, so you can enjoy a nice view of the skyline against the mountains. There are also bathrooms and a picnic area.

Click here for a map of dog parks in Denver.

Boulder:

East Boulder Trail Head:

This is a walking path and there are two small ponds for swimming. It is for well-behaved dogs who will not harass the wild prairie dogs on the premises. There are beautiful cliffs, hay fields and croplands on the premises.

Baseline Dog Park:

This park has an open space for dogs to roam, along with two ponds. The Dry Creek Trail is one mile through the grasslands, and dogs are common here, but must be leashed.

Foothills Community Dog Park:co-dog-park-bould

This two-acre fenced park comes with separate entrances for big and small dogs, where they can roam off-leash.

Valmont Dog Park:

This is a fenced area for both large and small dogs, and runs as a temporary dog park until the Valmont City Park is completed. There is a water spigot that is available seasonally.

Click here to view the rules on dog walking in Boulder.

Tips for Hiking and Camping with Dogs

Going camping? Chances are, your dogs wants to come along! Read these tips to have a fun, safe journey into nature.

Make sure that your dog is up to date on its vaccinations, and bring along its vet records in case of emergency. Bring an ID tag that says the name of the park, campsite or “Contact Park Ranger” on it. If you are going way out into the wilderness, write a number of a friend that people can contact.

If you are going camping on a camp ground, it is advised that you do not bring a loud dog that will annoy your neighbors. Pack some dog toys, frisbees, food from home and a sleeping pad or dog bed if it gets cold at night. Do not leave your dog in the tent for extended periods, as it will get really hot and dehydrated. When sleeping, keep your food out of your tent so your dog doesn’t take snacks (and also so bears don’t bother you!)

In terms of hiking, make sure your dog is able to go long distances before you embark on a huge adventure. Take it on small hikes and walks in wooded or desert areas, not just at paved park paths. Bring a first aid kit for yourself and for your dog. Some good items to bring are tweezers, socks if its paw gets hurt, adhesive tape, cotton balls, and a bitter apple to discourage licking. Read up on emergency dog situations and make sure you will be able to handle them. Pack lots of water for you and your dog. There is a product called a Body Cooler Bandana that you can use in addition, in which you soak it in cold water and then wrap it around your dog’s neck so it stays cool.dog-backpack

Bring an extra leash for emergencies. You might need to feed your dog more than usual, as it will be exercising, so bring a lot of food. If your dog is at least 20 lbs, it can carry things in a backpack (just don’t put anything valuable or breakable in there). Have your dog practice having the backpack, and eventually start putting objects in it, so the dog gets used to the extra weight. If you are going through rough or rocky terrain, look into buying dog boots. If you are bringing a small dog that cannot usually keep up with you, invest in a dog backpack you can carry it in yourself.