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A Complete Guide to San Diego’s Best Dog Parks

Let your pooch run, fetch, and sniff to her heart’s content at these hot-diggity dog spots. Off-leash, dog beaches, pup-friendly hiking—it’s all here.


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Coronado Beach Dog Park | Photo by Becca Batista

There’s one word sure to get a pup excited: W-a-l-k. Luckily San Diego boasts plenty of places for you to take your fur babies, from small neighborhood parks to the most, uh, pup-ular spots across the county. Here’s a deep-dive list of all the—sincere apologies—paws-sible places your dog will want to roam.

 

Dog Beaches

O.B. Dog Beach

Where: Ocean Beach Bike Path, Ocean Beach

Hours: 4 a.m.-2 a.m.

Amenities: Off-leash, beach

 

Coronado Beach Dog Park

Where: 100 Ocean Boulevard, Coronado 

Hours: 5 a.m.-11 p.m.

Amenities: Off-leash, beach

 

Del Mar North Beach

Where: 3200 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar

Hours: 24 hours

Amenities: Designated off-leash hours during certain seasons

 

Fiesta Island Dog Park

Where: 1750 Fiesta Island Road, Fiesta Island

Hours: 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

Amenities: Off-leash; fenced-in meadows, beach

 

Dog Parks

Nobel Leash-Free Park

Where: 8820 Judicial Drive, La Jolla

Hours: Open 24 hours

*Closed Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8 a.m.-11 a.m.

Amenities: Off-leash, small and large dog separation pens

 

Doyle Dog Park

Where: 8100 Cargill Avenue, La Jolla

Hours: 6 a.m.-11 p.m.

Amenities: Off-leash, small and large dog separation pens

 

Kearny Mesa Dog Park

Where: 3170 Armstrong Street, Kearny Mesa

Hours: 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

Amenities: Off-leash, drinking fountains, water bowls

 

Grape Street Dog Park

Where: Grape and 28th Street, Balboa Park

Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Amenities: Off-leash, water fountains 

 

Maggie Houlihan Memorial Dog Park

Where: 425 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas

Hours: 8 a.m.-Sunset

*Closed for maintenance Thursdays, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Amenities: Off-leash, small and large dog separation pens, drinking fountains

 

Rancho Bernardo Dog Park

Where: 18448 West Bernardo Drive, Rancho Bernardo

Hours: Dawn-Dusk

*Closed Thursday mornings, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Amenities: Off-leash, water bowls, large and small dog separation pens, ball fields

 

Nate’s Point Dog Park

Where: 2500 Balboa Drive, Balboa Park

Hours: Open 24 hours

Amenities: Off-leash, fenced in, dog drinking fountains

 

Alga Norte Dog Park

Where: 6565 Alicante Road, Carlsbad

Hours: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Amenities: Off-leash, small, medium, and large dog separation pens, agility course

 

Canine Corners Dog Park

Where: 9550 Milden St., La Mesa

Hours: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

Amenities: Off-leash, water bowls, small, medium, and large dog separation pens

 

Mayflower Dog Park

Where: 3420 Valley Center Road, Escondido

Hours: 6 a.m.-9p.m.

Amenities: Off-leash, small and large dog separation pens

 

El Toyon Dog Park

Where: 2005 East Fourth St., National City

Hours: Open 24 hours

Amenities: Off-leash, small and large dog separation pens

 

Dog-Friendly Neighborhood Parks

Rancho Penasquitos Park, Rancho Penasquitos

Where: Salmon River Road at Fairgrove Lane

Hours: Unknown

Amenities: Off-leash area, small and large dog separation areas

 

Capehart Park

Where: Corner of Soledad Mountain Road and Felspar Street, Pacific Beach

Hours: Open 24 hours

Amenities: Off-leash, drinking fountains

 

Maddox Neighborhood Park

Where: 7825 Flanders Drive, Mira Mesa

Hours: 6 a.m.-8 p.m.

Amenities: Off-leash area, playground

 

Orpheus Park

Where: 482 Orpheus Ave., Encinitas

Hours: 5 a.m.-10 p.m.

Amenities: Designated off-leash hours, ocean view, playground

 

Encinitas Viewpoint Park

Where: 505 South Vulcan Ave., Encinitas

Hours: 5 a.m.-10 p.m.

Amenities: Designated off-leash hours, playground, water fountains, ocean view

 

Sun Vista Park

Where: 2011 Avenida La Posta, Encinitas

Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, 6 a.m.-9 a.m. and 3 p.m.-8 p.m. (East side of park only)

Amenities: Designated off-leash hours, beer and wine allowed, playground 

 

Ward Canyon Neighborhood Park

Where: 3905 Adams Ave., Normal Heights

Hours: Dawn-Dusk

Amenities: Off-leash area, playground

 

Dusty Rhodes Neighborhood Park

Where: 2469 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., Point Loma

Hours: Open 24 hours 

Amenities: Off-leash, fully fenced, water for dogs, playground

 

Charles L Lewis III Memorial Park

Where: 4750 Home Ave., City Heights

Hours: Open 24 hours

Amenities: Off-leash dog area, playground, basketball court

 

Wells Park Dog Run

Where: 1153 East Madison Ave., El Cajon

Hours: 7 a.m.-9 p.m.

Amenities: Off-leash, small and large dog separation pens

 

Woodglen Vista Park

Where: 10250 Woodglen Vista Drive, Santee

Hours: Dawn to dusk

Amenities: Off-leash dog area, basketball court, ball field, playground, skate park, tennis court

 

Big Rock Park 

Where: 8125 Arlette St., Santee

Hours: 5 a.m.-10 p.m.

Amenities: Off-leash, playground, creek, basketball court

 

Hollandia Park

Where: 12 Mission Hills Court, San Marcos

Hours: Sunrise-10 p.m.

Amenities: Off-leash area, horse shoes, ball field, playground, skate park

 

Montiel Park

Where: 2290 Montiel Road, San Marcos

Hours: 7 a.m.-9 p.m.

*Wednesday mornings, park opens at 9 a.m.

Amenities: Off-leash dog area, half-court basketball, disc golf

 

Ann D. L'Heureux Memorial Dog Park

Where: 2700 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad

Hours: 8 a.m.-Sunset

Amenities: Off-leash, dog drinking fountain, hiking trails

 

Trail Segment 72 (Mountain Vista Trail)

Where: 1679 Mountain Vista Drive

Hours: Sunrise-Sunset

Amenities: Off-leash, hiking trail

 

Morley Field Dog Park

Where: 2225 Morley Field Drive, Balboa Park

Hours: 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

Amenities: Off-leash, hiking trails

 

South Buena Vista Park

Where: 1602 Mountain Pass Circle, Vista

Hours: 7 a.m.-10 a.m. and 3 p.m.-Dusk

Amenities: Off-leash area, playground, hiking trails

 

San Elijo Park

Where: 1105 Elfin Forest Road, San Marcos

Hours: Open 24 hours

Amenities: Off-leash dog area, hiking trails, splashpad, playground, ball field

 

Torrey Highlands Park

Where: Lansdale Drive off Del Mar Heights Road

Hours: 24 hours

Amenities: Off-leash area, playground, hiking trails

 

Mount San Miguel Park

Where: 2335 Paseo Veracruz 

Hours: 5 a.m.-10 p.m.

Amenities: Playground, hiking trails, ball fields

 

Montevalle Recreation Center

Where: 840 Duncan Ranch Road, Chula Vista

Hours: Monday, Wednesday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., 2 p.m.-8 p.m.

Saturday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sunday closed

Amenities: Off-leash area, playground, drinking fountains, hiking trails

 

 

Pup-Friendly Hiking Trails

Mission Trails Regional Park

Where: 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Carlos

Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Amenities: Hiking trails, wildlife, visitor center, camping

 

Tecolote Canyon Natural Park

Where: 5180 Tecolote Road, Morena

Hours: Visitor center, Monday closed,

Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Amenities: Hiking trails, creeks, visitor center

 

San Elijo Lagoon Trail

Where: 2710 Manchester Ave., Encinitas

Hours: Sunrise-Sunset

Amenities: Hiking trails, wildlife, lagoon, visitor center

 

Iron Mountain Trail

Where: Junction of Poway Road and Highway 67, Poway

Hours: Sunrise-Sunset

Amenities: Hiking trails, wildlife

 

Some Other Popular Dog Spots

Cadman Recreation Center

Where: 4280 Avati Drive, Clairemont

Hours: Fall, winter, and spring, 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m.

Summer, 7 a.m.-9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Amenities: Off-leash, playground, ball fields

 

Otay Ranch Town Center

Where: 2015 Birch Road, Chula Vista

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Amenities: Off-leash area, shopping, fenced-in dog area 

 

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