Dog Friendly Activities in West Des Moines, IA

There are 2 dog friendly activities in West Des Moines. 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 West Des Moines, IA, or call 877-411-FIDO to speak with one of our pet travel experts!

Pet Friendly Raccoon River Dog Park in West Des Moines, IA
This 12-acre, fenced dog park is a fabulous place for your pet to get some off-leash exercise. Includes separate areas for large and small dogs. You must acquire a permit in advance to enter the park. Check out their website for more information.
Pet Friendly Walnut Woods State Park in West Des Moines, IA
Walnut Woods State Park is pet-friendly. You are welcome to bring Fido with you to enjoy the 260 acres of woodland along the banks of Raccoon River. The two and a half miles of trails that weave through the black walnut trees, the largest surviving natural stand of these trees in the country, are a great attraction for dogs and their owners. Dogs are allowed on the trails, as long as they are on a leash under six feet and you clean up any mess they make after them. Walnut Woods State Park is open every day of the week from 6am to 9pm.
Pet Friendly High Trestle Trail (Ankeny to Woodward Recreation Trail) in Ankeny, IA
The High Trestle Trail (Ankeny to Woodward Recreation Trail) is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Ankeny! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the High Trestle Trail (Ankeny to Woodward Recreation Trail). Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com.
Pet Friendly Ankeny Dog Park in Ankeny, IA
The 7.5-acre Ankeny Dog Park has been incredibly well-received since opening in September 2010. With thousands of dogs in the metro and only a few off-leash areas, the Ankeny Dog Park will continue to be one of Ankeny?s most popular parks. Located at the intersection of Southwest Goodwin Street and Southwest Ankeny Road, the enclosed park features separate small and large dog areas, a fenced half-acre pond, water fountains and biodegradable waste station.
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