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March 30: Take a Walk in the Park Day

Mar 30, 2023 | Ask a Vet, AZPetVet, For Your Pet, Holidays


Top 10 Dog Parks in Phoenix

Every day is a good day to take a walk in the park, and for a dog, any day with a walk is the best day ever! March 30th is National Take a Walk in the Park Day, so it’s almost a crime not to get outside and take your dog for a walk in the park. Luckily, the Greater Phoenix Metro area has some of the best dog parks, and there’s no shortage of on-leash parks. Ready? Sit. WALKIES! 

  1. Cave Creek Regional Park | Cave Creek, AZ
    Situated in a picturesque desert setting, this park is a wonderful place for a walk with your furry friend. Dogs are welcome in most areas within the park, but must be leashed at all times. 
  2. Paradise Valley Dog Park – Phoenix/ Paradise Valley  
    This well-maintained dog park is perfect for dogs of all sizes, with a large, fenced-in area for running and playing and a separate area for small dogs. The park also features plenty of shady spots to keep dogs cool and comfortable, as well as benches and picnic tables for pet owners to enjoy.
  3. Surprise Dog Park | Surprise, AZ
    This dog park is a favorite among local pet owners, with a large, fenced area for dogs to run and play, as well as a separate area for small dogs. The park is well-maintained and has plenty of shady spots to keep dogs cool and comfortable. There are also plenty of benches and picnic tables for pet owners to enjoy.
  4. Cosmo Dog Park | Gilbert, AZ
    This park is a doggy wonderland, boasting more than 4 acres of fenced area for your pooch to run and play. There’s even a small lake, dog washing stations, and a host of other amenities to make your walk in the park lots of fun!
  5. Desert Breeze Park | Chandler, AZ
    Leashed dogs are welcome to join their humans on the walking trail around the lake at Desert Breeze Park. Interpretive trail markers identify plants while area wildlife can be seen throughout the park. With more than 60 parks in the area, you’re sure to find lots of pup-friendly places!
  6. Reach 11 Park | Phoenix, AZ
    Reach 11 Recreation Area is a 1,500-acre district park that’s approximately seven miles long and less than one half mile wide, and runs east and west along the north side of the Central Arizona Project (CAP) canal. There are 18 miles of multi-use trails available in this area. Fido is welcome but must remain leashed. 
  7. Paseo Vista Dog Park | Chandler, AZ
    This dog park is within the Paseo Vista Recreation Area. Located on top of a former landfill, the amenities include drinking fountains for dogs, obstacles, and other dog agility equipment. There are two sections used for dogs in regular rotation to maintain the grass surface. Both areas of this dog park are fully fenced in and have a double gated entrance. 
  8. Kiwanis Recreation Center | Tempe, AZ
    This enormous 125-acre park is a treat for humans and pets alike! Leashed dogs are welcome in all outdoor areas and fresh drinking water is available. There are plenty of shaded areas and ramadas for relaxing, plus a lake.
  9. Chapparal Dog Park | Scottsdale, AZ
    Scottsdale’s most popular dog park includes 3-acres of grass, benches, play features and water fountains. This dog park features a large, fenced area for dogs to run and play, as well as a separate area for small dogs. 
  10. Saguaro Ranch Dog Park | Glendale AZ
    This dog park is a free-roaming haven, with a large open field for dogs to explore and run around in. The park also features a few trees for shade, as well as a water fountain and a few benches for humans to sit on and take in the beautiful surroundings.


These are just a few of the Phoenix dog parks located around the valley, so we encourage you to explore them with your furry friends and enjoy everything Arizona has to offer.  Finally, before venturing out to the park, make sure your pup is up to date on all vaccinations and have been properly trained for the environment. Not sure? Don’t have a steady vet? No problem! Find an AZPetVet location near you.

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Disclaimer: Not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian with any questions you may have regarding the medical condition of your pet. If you think your pet has a medical emergency, call or visit your veterinarian or your local veterinary emergency hospital immediately.