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600 North Thorpe Rd
Flagstaff, AZ, US
(928) 779-7690
Thorpe Park Bark Park Overview
The Thorpe Park Bark Park is a large 1.5-acre off leash dog park with separate play areas for large and small dogs and agility equipment. The park also has benches and picnic tables. There's plenty of room for Fido and all of his friends to play.
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Thorpe Park Bark Park in Flagstaff, AZ, US has an average rating of 3.0 based on 13 member reviews.
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Very good option. March 2014
Courtney in Somewhere
So unlike a couple reviewers who have never even actually been to this park my dog and I (as well as several friends and their dogs) are regulars. I very strongly disagree with the comments about dog fights and aggressive dogs. I started bringing my dog as soon as she had all her shots at about 4 months and only 15 or so pounds. While she did knocked around a little by overly excited dogs, no dogs have every attacked her or anything. I read all of these reviews and was so scared to bring her, but now we go almost every day (4-5x a week for sure). The few times there have been dogs who didn't get along the owners were always quick to jump in. I have been very impressed with how well all of the owners have handled their dogs. My pup is now 9 months old and about 40 pounds and she loves it there. It can be hit or miss as far as dogs her size (although she loves playing with the big dogs). Before 11am or on "bad weather" days there are very few dogs. Around lunch and dinner time there are often a very large number of dogs. Only complaint is that its pretty much all dirt. They put some wood chips down but not over the whole park. They did just build a little Ramada which is nice on snowy or rainy days. If you come between Oct-April it's a good idea to bring a jug of water. There are bowls and people are pretty good about bringing water, but not always and the water fountain pipes are shut off in the winter. There are always tons of tennis balls around too which is nice!
 
Great day!
Donnatella in Mesa AZ
We had a great day in Flagstaff and the park was just what the pups needed. We spent and hour their and had no issue with the locals. Everyone was very friendly and the park was clean! Been back in Phx for 4hrs and pups are still passed out from their day of play ;) We will visit again!
 
nice park
Jessica in overgaard,AZ
Stopped here on our way to CA and my did Bosco had a great time. It is large, has lots of balls to play with poop scoop stuff and poop bags, water dishes. There even is agility equipment. I thought it was great.
 
.FYI winter months
elizabeth in larkspur, ca
The dog area looked okay but was very muddy lots of pine cones on the ground. Our Aussie needed a good run so we walked across the parking lot and found a large field which was partially fenced where we could chuck the ball for him. It was perfect!
 
my mistake
maggie in los angeles
This park has grass, not bark. Sorry for the error. It's a wonderful park.
 
Off-Leash is GREAT
maggie in los angeles
There's nothing to make a dog happier than being off-leash and able to run and play with other pups. Thorpe Park is clean, supplies doggie "poop" bags, and water. No grass, just bark on the ground, but it's clean and fine. Very responsible and friendly people with their playful, happy dogs. Highly recommended.
 
So So
Moriah in Flagstaff
I have been to this park a couple of times with my dogs. Both are well behaved and did have fun, but several times we have had to leave early due to other dogs. One instance was because of an over eager dog chasing my little one around to the point I had to physically restrain him from pinning my dog to the ground while his owner watched and just kept making the comment that he is a puppy. Another time, someone brought an aggressive dog in a muzzle which caused a fight with several dogs at the fence. My larger dog got caught up in it, but made it out without any damage. I've found that it's a fun experience when there are less than 10 dogs around, but once more start showing up, it's time to leave because there is a 50/50 chance of whether there will be a fight.
 
Disappointed
Sarah in Surprise
I have yet to visit this park, but gave a "2" as a rating because of the negative reviews by some of the locals. Here is why... I was looking forward to bringing my 2 dogs up north to enjoy the cooler weather and a change of scenery. I have a Rottweiler and a Shepherd Pitbull mix. I would never bring "socially aggressive" dogs to a public outing if they were going to bite anyone or another pet. However after reading a few reviews it seems that MY dogs and probably my family would be frowned upon the second we entered the dog park. This is ridiculous, I don't want to travel 3 hours just to be "turned away" by locals and others that aren't educated enough on the bully breeds. We rescue bully breeds because of their status in society and raise them the way they should be. My point is that its very disappointing to not be excepted because of the pets we happen to have. In closing, BEWARE of some of the locals (no names mentioned) they seem to be disapproving of "out of towners" and their "socially aggressive" pets. (Sorry I didn't review the park, I don't think Ill have the chance to. Im sure its nice.)
 
Hit or miss
Mark in Flagstaff, AZ
I'm a Flagstaff local, and live a few blocks away from this park. Unfortunately, it is hit or miss. There are a lot of people who bring aggressive and misbehaved dogs who ruin it for the rest of us. I say I probably leave before I would like due to bad behavior from other dogs 4 out of 5 times, and have witnessed plenty of dog fights. I don't understand why people bring socially dangerous dogs...I guess because they have no space to exercise them? Anyway, you'll meet some wonderful people and pups. But when the rowdy ones show up, it's time to go. Also...your dog will leave filthy because it's all dirt, no grass (matters to me because my dog sleeps in bed with me). Monsoon rains? Your dog will be a mud mop. Winter Snow? It's an icy slip and slide. But apparently...it mustn't be that bad if I continue to go...or perhaps it's just the fact that it's the only dog park in this side of town... Enter at your own risk.
 
Open area, no grass
Stephanie in Phoenix
While the area is nice and open for dogs to run, it has no grass, just dirt. People were friendly and supervised their dogs. Water fountain and bags were available. Overall, compared to my home dog park which has beautiful grass and shade trees, this one seemed run-down and dirty.
 
Needs supervision
dog owner in pinewood
We were looking forward to the bark park, so went on 11/17/10 and were disappointed. Many of the owners simply refused to control their more aggressive dogs. Since it was our first time, we stayed in the second smaller section that fortunately allowed us to observe b/4 going in. In an hour and a half period there were about 20 dogs overall with at least a dozen that went in and out. The more aggressive dogs were there a long time and "led the pack" in a pile up over a beta dog which seemed ok with both the aggressive leaders and the beta dogs owner. Perhaps they thought, since they aren't biting, it isn't aggressive, but it increased the passions and aggressions of all the other dogs. And the owners that brought smaller dogs had to go and struggle to pick up their smaller dogs and promptly leave. It was sad. I suppose people aren't there to take on "conflict resolution" with the other owners and this is understandable. The rules are clearly stated on the gate you enter through, but apparently it's going to take a paid supervisor to enforce the rules so everyone can enjoy the park. Oh, and it was mostly dirt, and my dog brought home her first tick. I, like most people, would love to return, but until they have someone who can enforce the rules with the dog owners it's just a bad environment for dogs and their owners. Alpha dogs will strengthen in their aggression and Omega dogs will become more fearful and timid, behavior which any sensible dog owner knows will make them unable to obey well and too nervous to be happy and potential "fear biters". And not to mention a problem for the dog owners. I really hope they consider a Guard to turn this Shark Park into a real Bark Park!
 
This park needs better rules and more responsible owners.
Cindy in Flagstaff
A little while after we arrived a couple with their husky came, at first it started growling and trying to nip other dogs then the owners started brushing him/her and letting the fur go everywhere! They didn't bother trying to clean up the fur at all. It was a windy day, no one wants fur flying into their face like that! Or having to worry about their dogs playing with the fur. A lot of people were staring at them, we left not wanting to deal with that, along with quite a few of other people. Who goes to a dog park to brush their dog?! You do that at home. There is also a few dogs here that will not even let my dog move! They pin her down or corner her and the owners just sit there and don't even do anything! I had to pick my dog up before since she couldn't even get up and get away and the dog kept trying to jump up to pull her down from me and lady had to help me get the dog away while the owners sat there and watched, my dog was scared of the other dog. There is also a pitbull puppy that I assume is teething but will bite everything! Our first visit, it jumped at my face and tried nipping me, then untied my shoes and kept trying to chew my sweater. she would not listen then kept biting my dog, the owner did absolutely nothing too busy talking with other people. There definitely needs to be better rules here. Certain owners ruin it for everyone else! I wish we had a better dog park here with responsible owners!
 
This park needs better rules and more responsible owners.
Cindy in Flagstaff
A little while after we arrived a couple with their husky came, at first it started growling and trying to nip other dogs then the owners started brushing him/her and letting the fur go everywhere! They didn't bother trying to clean up the fur at all. It was a windy day, no one wants fur flying into their face like that! Or having to worry about their dogs playing with the fur. A lot of people were staring at them, we left not wanting to deal with that, along with quite a few of other people. Who goes to a dog park to brush their dog?! You do that at home. There is also a few dogs here that will not even let my dog move! They pin her down or corner her and the owners just sit there and don't even do anything! I had to pick my dog up before since she couldn't even get up and get away and the dog kept trying to jump up to pull her down from me and lady had to help me get the dog away while the owners sat there and watched, my dog was scared of the other dog. There is also a pitbull puppy that I assume is teething but will bite everything! Our first visit, it jumped at my face and tried nipping me, then untied my shoes and kept trying to chew my sweater. she would not listen then kept biting my dog, the owner did absolutely nothing too busy talking with other people. There definitely needs to be better rules here. Certain owners ruin it for everyone else! I wish we had a better dog park here with responsible owners!
 
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