Edit ModuleShow Tags

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.


Published:

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 

 

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Related Stories

10 Films and Events to See at the San Diego Asian Film Festival

The festival’s 20th year includes a handful of firsts including a spotlight on Tibet and the first festival-produced film

Brian Malarkey's Newest Restaurant, Herb & Sea, Debuts Next Week

Plus more food news and events to kick off November

Where to Celebrate Día de los Muertos 2019 in San Diego

Where to see lowriders, eat pan de muertos, dress dead sexy for a best catrina and catrin contest, and more.
Edit Module

Subscribe to the Blog

 
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Sponsored

’Tis the Season for San Diego Fun

Here's where to play and stay this winter in America’s Finest City

We Chat with the Crew behind Hornblower Cruises and Events Aboard the High Spirits Ship

Sponsored by Hornblower
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. The Problem With Bright Red Tuna
    Many Americans still think bright red tuna means it’s fresher (it’s not)
  2. First Look: Animae
    Puffer Malarkey Restaurants unveil 5.5 million-dollar pan-Asian concept
  3. Jason Mraz and his Historic Coffee Bean
    The singer and Bird Rock Coffee Roasters unveil the first California-grown Geisha coffee
  4. The Hunt For San Diego's Best Chicken Wings
    How wings became the No. 1 kickoff food in the U.S., and our hunt for the best
  5. How San Diego Are You?
    Take our quiz to see where you land on the newcomer to old-timer spectrum
  6. First Look: Zinqué
    L.A. success story brings the soul of French zincs to Little Italy
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module