Dog Friendly Activities in San Marcos, CA

There are 6 dog friendly activities in San Marcos. Use the links below to get an overview of each one, see pictures, print directions, and even read reviews from other dog owners. Coming from out of town? Get a discounted rate on pet friendly hotels in San Marcos.

Pet Friendly Montiel Park
Montiel Park Montiel Park is a dog-friendly park in San Marcos, CA. There is a dog park inside the park for Fido to run and play. The park also has restrooms and a picnic area. See Details
Pet Friendly Hollandia Park
Hollandia Park Hollandia Park is a dog-friendly park in San Marcos, CA. There is a dog park inside the park that features separate areas for small and large dogs. The park also has a trail connection, restrooms, and picnic areas. See Details
San Elijo Hills Dog Park You and your pet are bound to make friends at San Elijo Hills Dog Park located within San Elijo Park in San Marcos, CA. This fenced, off-leash dog park features a separate small dog area and plenty of walking paths. See Details
Sunset Park Sunset Park is a dog-friendly park in San Marcos, CA. The park features a dog park that has separate grassy areas for both large and small dogs. See Details
Lakeview Park Park is out away from main highway in a newer neighborhood. Had a walking trail around a duck pond. Nice morning walk. Only negative is small parking lot. Ended up parking a few blocks away but was a nice find. See Details
Hike San Marcos Parks and Trails 'Hike San Marcos Parks and Trails' is a pet-friendly Airbnb Experience hosted by Claudia. Meet at Hollandia Park, where Fido can have a quick run around in the dog park. From there, start on the ascent up the trail. The experience lasts 1 hour and can accommodate up to 5 guests ages 6 and up. Guest should be able to walk for at least an hour. Rates start at $15 per person. See Details
Cardiff State Beach Cardiff State Beach is a dog-friendly beach on the San Diego Coast. Dogs are allowed at Cardiff Reef and Seaside, South of Tower 16. All dogs must be on a 6’ leash and under owners control at all times. People enjoy swimming, surfing, and beachcombing the beach. The sands gently slope into the warm water that laps the shore. See Details
Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve is a dog-friendly area in Escondido, CA. Your pooch is welcome to join you on the 11 miles of trails that wind around the public area. Along the way, you can stop off at one of the picturesque picnic spots for a bite to eat and enjoy a scenic mountain view. Trees in the park include oak riparian, oak woodland, coastal sage scrub, and chaparral. There are lots of other animals that call the park their home, maybe you'll spot them whilst exploring with your pooch. California leash law is enforced and dogs must remain on leash at all times on the “Way Up” Trail and Lower Trails. Monday through Friday dogs under effective voice command are permitted off leash at the top of the “Way Up” Trail (only beyond the designated marker). On Saturday, Sunday, and holidays dogs are required to remain on leash at all times throughout the Reserve. Additionally, dogs must remain on leash in parking lots, picnic areas, overlooks, or any time they become a nuisance to people, property, and wild or domestic animals. See Details
Poinsettia Dog Park Bring your pooch to play at Poinsettia Dog Park located at Poinsettia Community Park in Carlsbad, CA. The park features a 27,700-square-foot off-leash and fenced area with a natural grass surface. The park has separate areas for large dogs small dogs, and each section has agility equipment, drinking fountains, bag dispensers and picnic tables.Additional shaded picnic tables are located outside the dog park’s two sets of double-entry gates. See Details
Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve is a dog-friendly preservation area in San Diego, CA. Leashed dogs are welcome on the trails on leashes no longer than 8-feet long. Scenery in the canyon includes waterfalls, streamside forest, sycamore trees, a freshwater marsh, and wildlife like mule deer, bobcat, coyote and, raccoons. All recreational activities within the Preserve are day-use only and camping is prohibited. See Details
Mikkeller Brewing San Diego Mikkeller Brewing San Diego is a dog-friendly brewery in San Diego, CA. Fido is welcome to join you at a table inside the taproom. There are 24 beers on tap and food trucks are frequently on site. See Details
North Beach North Beach is a dog-friendly beach in Del Mar, CA. Dogs must be leashed June 16th through Labor Day. Dogs able to run under voice control of owner from the day after Labor Day through June 15th. A dog license must be affixed to the collar and leashes cannot be in excess of six feet. See Details
Mount Woodson Trail The Mt. Woodson trailhead is located on the east side of Lake Poway. Beginning from the Lake Poway Staging area, the hike to the Mt. Woodson Summit is an extremely challenging 2,000 foot climb in elevation. This 8 mile round trip hike may take 3 to 4 hours on average and is only recommended for experienced hikers looking for a strenuous workout. Please note that some popular trails are dangerous to hike in the heat. See Details
Westfield UTC Westfield UTC is a fabulous, dog-friendly, open-air shopping (120 boutiques) area in San Diego, CA. Not all shops are dog-friendly so be sure to check with staff first before entering with Fido. Fido is also welcome to visit the Bark Park located behind the Clock Tower in Palm Plaza. Take the hill going down in between Tender Greens and Express to find the lush, fully fenced in dog park for your dog to enjoy. See Details
Alga Norte Community Park Dog-friendly Alga Norte Community Park in Carlsbad, CA, features an off-leash dog park divided into areas for larger and smaller dogs, and includes obstacle course-type play equipment on a mix of turf and decomposed granite surfaces. See Details
San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve Rios (East) Trail The Rios (East) Trail is a dog-friendly, easy, 1.2-miles hike in the San Elijo Ecological Reserve in Solana Beach, CA, that will take about 2 hours to complete with Fido. This trail runs close by the lagoon and provides the opportunity to enjoy wetland plants and birds. This beautiful area is still close by the highway and parts of it can be muddy. Dogs must be leashed at all times. Find the trailhead at the end of Rios Ave, where you also find on-street parking. Look for a kiosk with information about the lagoon. See Details
Mast Park Off-Leash Dog Park Mast Park Off-Leash Dog Park is a dog-friendly park in Santee, CA, set on the banks of the San Diego river. Pets are permitted on-leash in designated areas. The park also features 2-miles of lighted trails, walk-in access from the Mission Creek Trail and Wintercreek Place, and has restrooms on site. See Details
South Buena Vista Park South Buena Vista Park in Vista, CA, is a large park that offers an off-leash hours for dogs. The park has shaded areas for wandering in and out of the trees as well as open areas 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. The park offers some off-leash hours; please check their website for current hours when dogs are welcome off-leash. See Details
Iron Mountain Trail Iron Mountain Trail is a dog-friendly, moderately easy, 5.75 mile hike in Poway, CA, that will take about 2.5 hours to complete with Fido. This is a very popular trail that is clearly marked. If your dog is used to trails it should be okay on his paws, if not you may want to work him up to it. There is a shorter trip to the Ramona overlook on the same trail. See Details
Woodglen Vista Dog Park Woodglen Vista Dog Park is a dog-friendly, fully-fenced, off-leash dog park in Santee, CA. The park has shade and water available. Woodglen Vista Park also has restrooms and an open grass field. Please ensure Fido is leashed when outside of the dog park area. See Details
San Elijo State Beach San Elijo State Beach in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA, offers dog-friendly campgrounds, paved roads, and trails. Dogs must be on a six foot leash at all times. Dogs are not permitted on the beach. See Details
Encinitas Viewpoint Park Encinitas Viewpoint Park in Encinitas, CA, is a dog-friendly park that welcomes Fido to play off-leash during designated hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Visit the website for the current specified times. See Details
Santa Margarita River Trail Santa Margarita River Trail is a dog-friendly, 5-mile trail in Fallbrook, CA. Enjoy varying terrain and beautiful views. Visitors are often surprised to see so many broad water impoundments along the river which are the work of the California golden beaver. Dogs must be leashed at all times. See Details
Brengle Terrace Park Brengle Terrace Park is a dog-friendly park in Vista, CA, where Fido is welcome on a leash. This park features basketball and volleyball courts, a BBQ, picnic tables, a botanical garden, disc golf, playgrounds for children, and more. They also have a recreation center nearby. See Details