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South Buena Vista Park

South Buena Vista Park is a large park offering dog-friendly off-leash hours in Vista, CA. The park has shaded areas for wandering in and out of the trees and open spaces for running. There is a doggie drinking fountain and several waste bag stations. For the humans, there are many benches, a basketball court and a fenced-in playground. Check their website for current off-leash hours. Visit Website

Or call (760) 639-6151 or email info@cityofvista.com for more information.


BringFido Guest Rating

South Buena Vista Park has received a rating of 4.3 out of 5 bones by 8 canine critics on BringFido.

Visitors generally praise South Buena Vista Park as a great off-leash area for dogs, with ample space, trails, and amenities. Some travelers, however, have encountered issues with aggressive dog behavior and conflicts with other park users.

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  • Philip
    Jun 1, 2022
    It’s off leash 7am- dusk daily, year round!

    great park for dogs & their human companions!

  • Hayley
    Sep 14, 2021
    No off leash

    unfortunately they took away off leash rules

  • Allan
    Sep 13, 2020
    Beautiful Park - People Ruin It

    Every single time I have been here, without fail, something goes wrong. Once my dog was bitten on the nose by a larger dog. He was 7 months old and bleeding profusely. It wound up not being so bad. I figured it was just him being an annoying puppy so I went about my business, took him to the vet, and didn’t think much of it. I will also add that the woman with the aggressor said that, “I should control my puppy”.

    Three time I have encountered people with smaller dogs who get upset when my dog, a friendly happy go lucky 90lb dog, comes over to say hello.

    Today, my dog approached the large dogs playing in the dusty area per usual. A dig about the same size pinned him down and aggressively barked and nip at my dogs neck. I normally wouldn’t have thought much about it until the owner, an interesting woman to say the least, shouted frantically at her dog. She gave up and her dog proceeded to pummel mine. I was upset and snapped a little asking her to remove her dog from mine. Suddenly it was my fault. The person with her, also quite interesting, had much to say. Then a third jumped in. Needless to say I felt somewhat cornered and got a bit aggressive. Especially when some shlub urged me to, “do something”. He wasn’t as brazen when I approached him, but I digress.

    I realize that if everyone else in a room is pointing fingers, perhaps I should question myself. I did, and I can’t think of a reason why any of this nonsense has occurred.

    It’s an off leash dog park. My dog isn’t aggressive in the slightest. I’m normally a friendly and understanding guy. Needless to say, I won’t be returning to this park again.

  • Megan
    Jan 14, 2020
    Great place for off the leash fun

    The park was great, off the leash all the time. Not too many dogs to overwhelm but just enough to get some socializing. A few different trails to explore.

  • Lodie
    Oct 16, 2019
    Best Off Leash Park Around!

    This off leash park is great. Nice paths, nature, shade, benches, water. This one has it all. My dogs love it and I go as often as I can.

  • Melissa
    Jul 9, 2019
    Perfect For The Whole Family

    The city of Vista figured it out

  • Katie
    May 1, 2019
    Excellent Dog Park

    I just brought my pup here for the first time today, and he literally had his best day alive. This park has a lot of great trials for people and pups, and the best part is it’s all off-leash. We will be back- only regret is we didn’t come here sooner.

  • Roger
    Aug 24, 2018
    Best dog park in North County

    Probably the best dog park in San Diego, other than Dog Beach in Ocean Beach or Del Mar. And of course, Fiesta Island is great too. But this dog park is a REAL dog park and has lots of shade and room to roam. Dogs are primary here, and this place was made for them. There are trails, and trees, and varied habitat. It is MOSTLY fenced in, but you have to keep an eye if your dog starts wandering up the large north facing hill or up the long and winding driveway. Other than that, it's safe to let your dog out of your sight without worry, and the people who have been going there for years are family, and very welcoming to newcomers.

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