Located in San Diego County, Alpine is a gorgeous census-designated place in the mountains. This little town is bordered by the Cleveland National Forest, Kumeyaay Nation reservation, Viejas and Sycuan, and El Cajon. The environment is described as a Switzerland-like wonderland under forty miles from San Diego.
There are two dog-friendly lodging options in Alpine: Ayres Lodge Alpine and a range of Alpine Airbnb Rentals. Both accommodations welcome dogs of all sizes and do not limit the number of dogs that are allowed to stay. The Airbnb Rentals do not charge a pet fee; however, Ayres Lodge Alpine charges a small fee.
The local casino is near the hotel, just three miles outside of town, and only thirty miles from metropolitan San Diego. At Ayres Lodge, you’ll also receive free breakfast and WiFi amongst other amenities. In the Airbnb rentals, individual houses determine specific “house rules” for dogs, but overall, the local Airbnb’s receive high ratings and are very affordable.
Three restaurants in Alpine are dog-friendly. From breakfast at Franco’s Flapjack Breakfast House to dinner at Rubio’s Coastal Grill, Alpine is sure to have something for everyone to enjoy. Outside seating areas at these restaurants are dog-friendly.
Sunset Trail is perfectly intertwined in Alpine’s city life. With beautiful mountain scenery, Sunset Trail is a nature lover’s dream. Your dog will have plenty of spots to sniff on this 3-mile trail. The trail is wedged between grassy meadows and beautiful trees, and is the best getaway from everyday life. If you are looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle with your Fido, Sunset Trail has the perfect remedy for you! Whether you are an experienced hiker looking for your next big adventure or are a nature lover looking to meditate, Sunset Trail is here for everyone. So lace up your walking shoes, pack some water, and get out there!
Deland Drive is another dog friendly area in Alpine. Wright’s Field is a highly-rated 230-acre piece of grassland. The local trails are fun to venture through with your leashed Fido. This area is a perfect place to let your dog get some much-needed exercise while sniffing around new scents and frolicking with other dogs. Your dog does not need to remain leashed, but the area is not fenced in, so practice caution. With beautiful wildlife throughout the acres, this trail is a beautiful destination for all nature lovers. Your dog will definitely enjoy themselves while running and romping across the grassy areas of Wright’s Field.
San Diego is a huge city full of numerous dog-friendly activities. With 18 dog parks, 3 dog beaches, 9 hiking trails, 2 tours, and 8 pet-friendly stores to choose from, San Diego is a dog’s paradise! Dogs are even allowed to hike with you, on leash, at the famous Cowles Mountain. Another local favorite is the Seaport Village where shopping, dining, and entertainment reside over a 14-acre area. With over 50 unique shops, this cool village is perfect for dog lovers. After a long day of shopping, and eating, treat Fido to the spacious dog park at Seaport Village for being a good boy! San Diego is about 30 minutes from Alpine, making it the pawfect destination for a day trip with your best fur-iend.
Chula Vista is an estimated 30 minutes from Alpine, and is a perfect spot for a variety of dog parks and a pet friendly store. All three dog parks are highly rated, but the crowd favorite is Otay Ranch Town Center Dog Park. This park is 10,000 square feet of doggy joy! The park is gated and safe for dogs of all sizes and ages to play freely. With plenty of parking, benches, and shaded area, this local dog park runs smoothly in the city of Chula Vista. Separated areas are available for big and small dogs to ensure safe play, and the park prides itself on being clean. Leave nothing behind but your foot (and paw!) prints.
Julian is about 40 minutes from Alpine. This city is home to a dog park and two hiking trails. Cuyamaca Peak Loop is one of the hikers’ favorite trails. With a beautiful scenic view and 6 miles of trail, this local area is gold for outdoorsy dogs. This trail can be completed in two hours, so pack some snacks, water, and waste bags and come hike the trails of Julian. If you do not wish to go hiking the local dog park, Jess Martin Park is also available for play. Your dog can feel free to romp and play in the fenced, grassy area. Just don't forget to bring along some water!