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Dogs at Santa Cruz County Parks

County Parks can be a great place for you and your dog to enjoy, but there are rules to follow and etiquette to respect. Learn about it all and where to take your dog!
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Caring for Dogs & Parks in Santa Cruz County

County Dog Parks


All county dog parks have separate small and large dog sections.

What about other County Parks?

Leashed dogs are allowed in all county parks and beaches, except for Quail Hollow Ranch County Park and Scott Creek County Beach. These areas have sensitive habitats and dogs are prohibited. To prevent children from coming into contact with feces and urine, dogs are not allowed in playground areas or athletic fields. Thank you for keeping our parks healthy & safe for all!

The Three Simple Rules

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Looking for a dog park or a dog-friendly trail? Do a quick search before you head out so you know what to expect and are prepared to follow the rules.

OBEY THE LEASH LAW

Dogs must be on leash at all County Parks until they are inside the dog park. This is for everyone's safety, including your dog.

DISPOSE OF WASTE

Always carry a dog bag and remember to pick up and dispose of waste. When you fail to clean up after your dog, it affects the experience of others and is hazardous.

For information about the many animal services provided in Santa Cruz County,
please contact the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter.

Contact Us

Phone:

(831) 454-7901

Monday – Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, except holidays

Our physical office is open, but staff availability is limited.