Although city code requires all dogs be on a leash at all city parks and facilities, the City of Boise offers a plethora of outdoor activities for dogs and their owners and there are some exceptions to the code. Within the city are 4 off-leash dog parks that are open everyday from sunrise to sunset. These special parks feature sand or mulch materials instead of grass so that the animals can have fun in a unique environment. Additionally, there are 7 off-leash pet areas in developed multi-use parks with grass. Click here for a detailed list and maps.
A fun place you might want to consider bringing Fido to is Redwood Park, located at 2675 N. Shamrock Avenue, Boise, 83713. This park allows dogs to be off-leash from sunrise to 10 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to sunset. With tons of green grass and a great pond, your pup will be in canine bliss. You should also consider visiting Manitou Park located at 2029 S. Manitou Avenue, Boise, 83706. Of its 11 acres, 5.1 acres are available for pups to run off-leash during designated hours. The open field is located on the north end of the park and is easily identifiable by signs throughout the property.
The Boise Greenbelt is always a fantastic place to take your dog, but if you are adventurous you’ll want to explore the expanse of the Boise foothills. There are a multitude of foothills trails that are designated as controlled off-leash. This simply means that your dog must be under voice command and within thirty feet of you at all times to prevent harassment of wildlife, plant species and other people on the trails. Trails include: the Military Reserve, Hulls Gulch/Camelsback Reserve, the Oregon Trail Reserve, Lucky Peak Road and many more. Click here for maps and many more details.
Barktoberfest (Saturday, October 20th, 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM) is fun for a great cause starting with a silent auction during which Powderhaus Brewing Company will donate part of the beer sales proceeds to West Valley Humane Society. There will be live music from Fall Creek String Band, delicious food from the Meshico food truck from 4-8 PM, and wonderful dogs for adoption. Admission is free and this is a dog-friendly event at Powderhaus located at 9719 W. Chinden Blvd. Garden City, ID 83714.
Don’t forget about the annual See Spot Walk event that takes place on the first Saturday of October. Thousands of dogs and people come together to walk one mile beginning at the entrance of Julia Davis Park and proceed east throughout the park. The festivities include contests, demonstrations, food and lots of vendors. All proceeds are used to help homeless animals through the Idaho Humane Society.
If you’re looking to connect with other dog lovers, you’ll find plenty of organized groups by simply searching MeetUp.com and typing in your city and keyword. There’s the Boise Hiking with Dogs Group, a Small Dog Owners Group, and groups for specific breed owners. You can even start your own MeetUp pet lovers group if you’d like to!
Consider putting some of these destinations and activities on your to-do list. Not only will you have a great time, your pet will too! If you're looking for some more suggestions for fun things to do around Boise, give us a call! One of our knowledgeable agents will be happy to give you some great tips and ideas to help you enjoy the Treasure Valley!