From parks that offer every amenity possible to dog-specific parks offering specially designed off-leash areas, Las Vegas has the perfect place for every dog lover and their canine companion. All are free of cost and most specify that dogs enter one at a time to avoid any crowding that can cause anxiety. Dog owners are expected to control, watch and clean up after their pets. It’s only common courtesy. Don’t forget your leash and dogs must have collars (no spikes) with proper ID and rabies tags.
Sunset Park Dog Park
2601 E. Sunset Road
Las Vegas, NV 89120
This beautiful park has every amenity possible for humans and canines: paths along which you can cycle, jog or simply walk your leashed pet, large green areas upon which you can frolic, picnic and play and the best dog parks in the area. There are three different enclosed off-leash play areas for dogs, depending upon the size of your four-legged buddy. Here humans and canines alike can make new friends and enjoy the companionship of interesting, like-minded folks.
Dog Fancier’s Park
5800 E. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89120
The Dog Fancier’s Park offers five enclosed areas in which dogs can play and socialize. Areas one through four may be reserved between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m., while area five is kept open for public use seven days a week, from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. This is a more rustic park that also offers areas for horse owners. It is the perfect spot for folks who own both horses and canines to gather and enjoy time well spent.
Desert Breeze Dog Park
8275 Spring Mountain Road
Las Vegas, NV 89117
Desert Breeze Dog Park offers fully fenced separate areas for small dogs (35 pounds or less) and large dogs (over 35 pounds). Desert Breeze doesn’t neglect the human companions, having tables, benches and chairs upon which folks can sit while their canines socialize and run. A hose and doggie bags are available inside the park, so make sure you bring a bowl to refresh your pup after their play is done.
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Centennial Hills Dog Park
Buffalo Drive and Elkhorn Road
Las Vegas, NV 89131
Centennial Hills Dog Park is an attractive, well-designed and extremely popular park that offers two separate off-leash play areas for pups of all sizes. If you want your pet to socialize and play with other pets, you are almost certain to find a wide variety of breeds at any given time. It’s the perfect place to share pet tips and stories with other pet owners. Bring your own doggie bags and water supply.
Cactus Wren Dog Park
2900 Ivanpah Drive
Henderson, NV 89074
Whether your pet is up for an early morning romp before you go to work before the heat hits or whether you prefer the relative coolness of the late evening, Cactus Wren Dog Park is perfect for Henderson residents. Pets love to play off-leash at this fenced dog park that offers a separate area for small dogs, benches for human friends and drinking water. Just remember the leash for entering and leaving the park, and a bowl for liquid refreshment after your pup’s run.
Dos Escuelas Park Dog Park
1 Golden View St.
Henderson, NV 89012
Dos Escuelas Park Dog Park is a beautiful park that offers both on-leash play areas on the green and paths for you and your furry friend and an off-leash fenced dog run where your canine companion is free to socialize and play. There is no separation between large and small breeds, so if your pet is fearful or if you have a tiny pup, you may want to watch closely as it plays. This park is well-lit after dark.
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