100 Caja del Rio Rd
Santa Fe, NM, US
Santa Fe, NM, US
Santa Fe Animal Shelter Dog Park Overview
Your pet will love to play off-leash at this fenced dog park which includes a separate area for small dogs and water spigots. Be careful - they may get muddy!
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Average Rating:Santa Fe Animal Shelter Dog Park in Santa Fe, NM, US has an average rating of 4.6 based on 8 member reviews.
Christine in New Oxford
I lived in Santa Fe a couple years ago, and my dog and I came here almost every weekend. He loved running around with the other dogs, and I loved knowing that he was safely fenced in. All of the owners were very nice; we usually walked around the trail as a group while our dogs played. Like other people have said, you should definitely bring tweezers! My dog's playmate got a little overzealous once and knocked my pup right onto a cactus. Also, make sure to bring water in the winter, because the spigots are locked.
Doesn't Get Better!
Theresa in Lansing, MI
I'm traveling across the USA with my two large dogs. We visit lots and lots of dog parks. This is one of the best I've come across because of its size (lots of trails - easy to spread out from others). The people were all friendly (most dog people are great!) and there was water on site for the dogs to drink. The location is easy to find (just a little further down the road than my GPS told me to go) and parking is a breeze. Highly recommend this park to travelers!
Brooklyn in Wickenburg, AZ
We took our dog here back last September 2012 and Georgie loved it. It is very big and there is like a trail you can walk on while your pup runs around. If I ever get to go back to this city I would go here again with my dog.
Excersize with a view!
Jocelyn in Clovis, NM
These dog parks have something I hadn't encountered before - "single user" areas that were as big as my whole dog park back home that were for people who didn't want their dogs to play with others. Only one was marked this way so we ended up wandering into another one during someone's private play time. They kindly directed us across the street to the community park and we had a blast! We had the fortune of being at the park while The Dog Lady came through with all of the animals she was boarding and our puppy got a lot of play time with other dogs. The views were astounding, the park was much cleaner than my park back home, and it was worth the several hour drive to enjoy the weekend up in Santa Fe just for this park alone!
Ally in Espanola
But watch out for the Poodle Parties. The owners bring human food and have a nice meeting inside the large park at the main entrance. Big sign out front, NO FOOD, only training treats. Drives the non participant dogs crazy. They also block the enterance, so entering and leaving is very tough. The park is a wonderful asset to the community. We enjoy our time there, and the 45min drive is worth it.
HUGE lots! Plain but lots of room...
Katie (Mom of a Pom) in Snowmass, CO
I'm reviewing the dog park, not the shelter itself. HUGEEEEEE! Plenty of room for all the dogs in the state! Not really but you know what I mean. They have a separate lot for large dogs and small dogs as well as single-users. Single users are for one family at a time in case the dog isn't that good with other dogs but need space to run and play. Has doggy bags for use if needed as well as a bench or two in each public lots. Water spigots are available in certain lots but seems to be off for winter season. Plenty of parking! Didn't notice a people bathroom because I didn't need it. But I'm sure the shelter would let you use theirs if needed. One star down because of two things... While I love how big the park is, it's just a lot. No agility course or elements to play with. It's not a horrible thing to miss out on but parks with these elements have really set the bar high for me. :) And it can be DUSTY! Dust kept blowing and getting kicked up and my dog got an eye infection from it. It's New Mexico though so not sure how the shelter could help prevent this. Nevertheless, GREAT for those who are traveling with pups.
beware cactus thorns
Joanne in Monument, Colorado
Large, well fenced, definitely issues with cactus thorns , not a place to throw balls and have your dog chase them, recommend staying on the trails, Goggle maps did not locate this well!
Lauren in Santa Fe
My dogs and I have been back in Santa Fe for 3 months but today was our first visit to this park. It's huge, someone told me it's about a mile around the perimeter. There are also 4 seperated areas across the "road" that are used "privately" (anyone can use them) for dogs who aren't as well socialized and need a smaller group or for small dogs. The park is relatively clean and has lots of little trails and shaded areas with benches for the humans. The people there were friendly and the dogs we met were all well behaved. The biggest advantage this park has over the only other dog park in Santa Fe is that it is entirely fenced! It has a nice high wire fence. The Ortiz dog park is NOT fenced, so I can't take my Pyr there or I would never find him again LOL. Drawbacks- The map on my iPhone had incorrect directions to the park, showing that I should drive past the animal shelter, the park is actually right next to the shelter. The only potty stations I saw were right inside the gate so I then had to tote around my Pyr's poop bag with me (stinky). Also, for traveling doggies who are not used to cactus... beware. Just like any place else in Santa Fe, there are CACTUS!!! And some of them are small and very low profile so difficult to see, especially to an excited canine. My advice, bring tweezers or hemostats to pick out cactus and keep on top of it! I checked my dogs several times and ended up pulling out a lot of cactus (they're Dallas dogs, never seen a cactus before moving here) with my bare hands. Be sure to check between toes and even around the face (my Border Collie X had one in the roof of his mouth). Even with the cactus we'll be going back soon, armed with a pair of hemostats (which I'm pretty sure you can buy in any drug store, I saw some in the Santa Fe Petsmart-Rodeo Rd and Zafarano Rd-the other day).