Arroyo Grande, California, is a resort town located on Central Beach and part of San Luis Obispo County. The little city is a well-liked travel destination as it offers a wide variety of different landscapes: woodlands, foothills, dunes, lakes, meadows and of course, Central Beach itself. The easy access to nature and recreational areas also make Arroyo Grande a perfect place to live for dog owners.
There are plenty of dogs in Arroyo Grande and the Five Cities Area. That is why over ten years ago an organization was founded to construct multiple dog parks for the people with dogs in this region. This society, the Five Cities Dog Park Association, raised enough funds to grant Arroyo Grande its own off-leash dog park: Elm Street Dog Park. The dog park is so popular that the city council is looking at renovations to accommodate a larger number of dogs.
One of the treasures in the Arroyo Grande area is Lopez Lake. This lake was formed after the construction of the Lopez Dam on the Arroyo Grande Creek. There is a large recreational area centered around Lopez Lake. There is a large network of bicycle, hiking and equestrian trails that run through this 4,200 area of oak woodland and sage scrub.
There are multiple ways to enjoy a visit to Arroyo Grande, California, with pets. The Best Western Arroyo Grande Inn is located in the city itself while it is also possible to rent a Lopez Lakefront Home in the woodland area outside Arroyo Grande.
Who wouldn’t want to take their dog to the museum? Unfortunately that is not a reality for almost every museum in the world. This is why the city of Arroyo Grande created a dog park that doubles as a museum, Hoosegow Park. Unfortunately you will have to make sure your dog is on a leash while you trek through the park and take a look at at historically preserved buildings such as the old jail house. This outing would be perfect for you, your dog, and your furr-ends. Make a day out of it by grabbing some brunch first at a dog-friendly restaurant!
If you have ever been to Arroyo Grande, you know the city is full of vibrant food and culture. If you want your dog to be able to experience some of the beauty of the city in their own way, make your way to the Elm Street Dog Park. The park welcomes dogs of all breeds and sizes. It is constantly cleaned and stocked with cleanup supplies. Plus, because of its size and popularity, it is a great place to take your dog for socializing. Take a book or some music and just relax while your dog has the time of their life!
Need to get away from your city for a bit? Want to take a little drive? The Grover Heights Dog Park is a mere six minute car ride from Arroyo Grande and well worth the trip. The park has many playgrounds, restrooms and amenities to make your trip as smooth as possible. Many people come to this park not just with their dogs but to exercise and relax in its soothing environment. If you feel like you’re long overdue for a run, don’t hesitate and make your way to Grover Heights Dog Park so you and your dog can get a workout!
If you drive only 3.5 miles from your home in Arroyo Grande, you will arrive at the beautiful city of Pismo Beach. It is home to one of the most interesting parks in the state, the Dinosaur Caves Park, which appears to have jumped out of the pages of a beautiful story book. The park overlooks the gorgeous Pacific Ocean with many interesting rock formations on its coast. Take your pup, a good book and perch yourself on one of those beautiful rocks. You’ll see a vast number of joggers with dogs, surfers and people on foot enjoying the park.
All you have to do is drive seven minutes and you will arrive at one of the most beautiful parks in the country. Pismo Lake is home to Monarch Butterfly Grove, a dog-friendly park. The park attracts visitors from all over the state due to the large amount of Monarch butterflies. You will truly feel like a character from a children’s book as some butterflies are bound to perch themselves on your shoulder and your dog’s adorable wet nose! You will be amazed at their willingness to interact with humans and animals. Just make sure you have a camera handy to take some iconic photos!