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University Dog Park

Bring Fido to play at University Dog Park in Palm Desert, CA. Pets are welcome to romp and play at this 2.4-acre park. This off-leash dog area includes separate areas for both small and large dogs, a picnic pavilion and water fountains. Visit Website

Or call (760) 568-1441 or email parks@palmdesert.gov for more information.


BringFido Guest Rating

University Dog Park has received a rating of 4.1 out of 5 bones by 7 canine critics on BringFido.

  • Patrick
    Mar. 13, 2021
    Quality park

    plenty of water. human bathrooms. fenced in with a good staging area to get your pup ready. two parks, one for big and one for small pups.

    Would have gotten 5 bones if it was bigger, but my pup didn’t notice!

  • Brad
    More than a year ago
    The most people friendly

    This is a beautiful place kind of set back from the busy hustle of life. Has actual toilet amenities for people. I have gone two times and both times had an enjoyable time. But I guess you need to pick a good time to go, have not seen the park with a large crowd. But for me I like to go where my dog will get the most enjoyment from, thats why I go in the first place, so when Im in a rush I go here. It can be fun.

  • Shanice
    More than a year ago
    Friendly People

    Lots of room to run around. Very friendly people and dogs.

  • Diane
    More than a year ago
    Green Grass but a bit Small

    We stopped on way from Phoenix to LA 10am Friday. Lots of playful dogs; good watchful owners. If only it was bigger for retrievals, would have given 5 stars. We are used to twice the space in WI and AZ but green grass is a nice trade off.

  • Randy
    More than a year ago
    Fun Place/ Fun People

    I found the morning group to be welcoming and enjoyable!

  • Chad
    More than a year ago
    Be prepared for anything

    This park is physically a nice park and my dog loves going there, but like any place, it depends on the people who are there and their dogs. Most owners watch their dogs, but there are some who think their macho dogs should chew on other dogs' necks, sort of like a cockfight you see on 20/20. I would advise you look at the dogs interacting before entering. This is common sense, but this dog park attracts a lot of users and it is not uncommon for there to be 25-35 cars parked there.
    Secondly, the afternoon seems to have some self-appointed Poop Patrol Nazis. They single out some dog owners to harass, while ignoring other dogs' bathroom behaviors. This happened to me, even though I was following my dog around the entire time with plastic bags. They somehow decided all unattended poop was from my dog, which it wasn't. It is unfortunate, but some elderly people just think they can say whatever they want, whenever they want. Just be aware.

    So, sometime it's great and other times not.

  • Joan
    More than a year ago
    Dog Park

    This is a large park large separate areas for small and large dogs. It has a gr4at feeling of privacy, covered picnic table area to sit, as well as other benches under trees elsewhere around the perimeter of the grassy park. On site are restroom facilities and lots of parking.

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