After a long day or week of work, it’s great to blow off some steam. Even better when you can get out and take your furry friend with you too! Boise is known for being pet friendly, no matter what part of town you’re in. When it comes to getting out there- bring Fido along for the ride and visit one of Boise’s dog-friendly parks and designated areas. All Boise Parks are open from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week. In no particular order:
1) Military Reserve Flood Basin Dog Park
Boise North End – 750 N. Mountain Cove Rd.
Located in the heart of the North End, the Military Reserve is known as some of the best recreation for two legged and four legged friends alike. This is a 10 acre off leash park open daily from sunrise to sunset. In addition to the off leash park, there are also several off leash trails located within the military reserve. There is no water, so plan to bring your own.
2) Morris Hill Dog Park
Boise Bench – 10 N. Roosevelt St.
A Central Boise Bench location that features the neighborhoods’ most popular dog park. With a one-acre fenced-in area, there’s plenty of room for a little fetch. Park goers can enjoy the picnic shelter and doggie drinking fountain (water is available from mid-April through mid-October). For a little fun, the park is host to dog agility toys and fire hydrants.
3) Pine Grove Park
West Boise – 8995 Shoup Dr.
Time to enjoy some open space. This centrally located park definitely has the space for some playtime. With over an acre of dedicated space- a frisbee can certainly go far here. During the warmer months, you can take refuge from the sun in two of the provided awnings. Don’t get caught being thirsty. Water is not provided at this location, so be sure to bring your own.
4) Sterling Dog Park
West Boise – 9851 Irving St.
Right now, this park is a blank slate and in the development stages. Sterling Park has a ¾ acre fenced off leash area. Sure beats a small back yard though! Plans to expand the full 8-acre park are developing. No services are currently being offered at this location, so please be sure to pack accordingly.
5) Storey Bark Park
Meridian – 430 E Watertower Ln.
The Storey Bark Park opened in Meridian last August 12th. This fully-fenced dog park spans 2.25 acres and offers a safe leashing/unleashing area and separate real estate for large dogs and small dogs. Each area has covered picnic tables for two-legged visitors. Benches can be found along the walkways. Plenty of drinking fountains for both dogs and their people friends. A neat feature is the variety of ground surfaces, gravel, artificial turf and the real stuff.
Boise Dog Parks With Designated Off Leash Areas
6) Sunset Park
North End Boise – 2625 32nd St.
This park has it all. Over 4.3 acres are available for off leash activity. This is a full service park offering dog-friendly open space during designated times. Dogs are allowed off leash from sunrise to 10:00 a.m. Equipped with awnings, restrooms, and water, you can make your visit comfortable.
7) Castle Hills Park
Northwest Boise – 5350 Eugene St.
Smaller in comparison to some of the other parks on our list. Castle Hills has 2.2 acres that are available for off leash activity during designated hours. Dogs are allowed off leash from sunrise to 10:00 a.m., and evenings, 4:00 p.m. to sunset. This too is a full service park including, playgrounds, restrooms, tennis courts and practice fields.
8) Cypress Park
Southeast Boise – 4382 Tableridge Way.
Located north of Columbia Village, Cypress Park has 1.4 acres that are available for off leash activity. Dogs are allowed off leash from sunrise to 10:00 a.m., and evenings, 4:00 p.m. to sunset. Indicator signs are present to mark the designated areas.
9) Manitou Park
Southeast Boise – 2001 Manitou Ave.
In the heart of Southeast Boise, Manitou Park is one of Boise’s most notable parks. During off leash times (sunrise to 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to sunset), the park becomes a popular pet-friendly park. Manitou Park is a full service park that offers 5.1 acres of space for plenty of fun off leash activity.
10) Redwood Park
West Boise – 2675 Shamrock St.
Redwood Park was once a part of the well known Cloverdale Nursery. This park features a full setup including a playground, walking paths and a pond. From sunrise to 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to sunset, a majority (all areas except the playground and parking lot) of this 7-acre park is available for off leash activity.
Dogs Off-Leash Parks/Areas Map
*Note: This map was created and provided by Boise Parks & Recreation and updated regularly by Park Staff. With the exception of Story Bark Park, which is in the City of Meridian, all locations in Boise are noted on the map. For more information on Boise City's four-legged recreation areas, you can visit Boise City Parks & Rec here.
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