Head east from Redlands in California, where Interstate 10 goes up the San Gorgonio Pass, and you will find the charming community of Calimesa in Riverside County. Located in a scenic environment within the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains, Calimesa is a part of the Inland Empire, a region between San Bernardo and Riverside Counties. The town strives to preserve its natural beauty of the region and has a Wildlife Corridor. Traveling with a pup? Calimesa has its own veterinary hospital! The nearest cities, Beaumont and Yucaipa, offer a variety of public parks and nature trails, as well as a few pet-friendly eateries.
Wildwood Canyon State Park, just 8 minutes of Yucaipa’s downtown area, is a home to beautiful flora and fauna as well as 900 acres of preserved land. Wildwood Canyon Trail is a furrific trail stretching throughout the scenic woodlands for about 3 miles. Dogs on a leash are welcome here year-round! The trails are moderate and are used for horseback riding as well. Make sure your pup plays well with other four-legged walkers!
White Rabbit Coffee Co is a nice pet-friendly coffee shop just a skip and a hop away from the state park, where you can have a quick bite with Fido before exploring the town farther!
Oak Valley Greens is located at the intersection of Oak View Drive and Oak Valley Parkway. This is the northern part of central Beaumont, just 7 minutes south of Calimesa. It’s a quiet residential neighborhood with two beautiful public parks you will definitely want to check out with Fido! Noble Creek Park should be your first stop. This park offers plenty of grassy space as well as an off-leash dog park! The park is open to the public daily -- however, note that the park is closed from 7 AM to noon every Wednesday. Don’t forget to check out the local pet store and reward your buddy with a new toy or treat!
Redlands Heights is a small residential neighborhood in south Redlands, bordered by Christopher Columbus Transcontinental Highway to the south. Just a few blocks away is Plymouth Village, a small community right in the heart of Redlands. Start your adventure with Fido here and follow the lead of East Redlands Boulevard to the scenic Ford Park. This 27-acre area is perfect for bird-watching and offers an off-leash doggy spot as well. You will find no better place to hang out with the locals! Two separate sections, plenty of room to run, seating, and drinking water are always available on-site. People say it’s the best dog park in town -- we'll let you and your pooch be the judge of that!
If your Fido loves adventures and can't stay in the same place for too long, paw on over to Rancho Cucamonga! Brentwood is a community not far from the Angeles National Forest. Etiwanda Creek Community Park has a separate off-leash area where pooches can run and play; however, there's no grass here. If you don’t want to be covered in dust and dirt, leash up and explore the hidden paths and variety of trails in the main area of the park. This park isn't usually crowded, which makes it pawfect for timid pups who need plenty of space!
Rubidoux is a scenic neighborhood on the eastern bank of the Santa Ana River in Riverside, right across downtown. A bustling area home to Flabob Airport and densely populated residential quarters, Rubidoux also offers recreation opportunities with more than 3 public parks and 1 dog park! Pat Merritt Dog Park is a popular place to bring Fido for a good run, or just to play with pup peers and chat with locals. This grassy area is spacious so Fido will have plenty of room to roam! Benches, drinking water, and even water bowls are always available on-site. There's only one thing this park needs now: a visit from your pooch!
The Riverside neighborhood in Rialto stretches from the north to the south, just slightly touching a part of the downtown area. There are several recreational spots and even a golf course here. But what your buddy will rave about is the newly opened doggy spot in Anderson Park on South Lucas Avenue! This park has a separate section for small breeds and plenty of room to run. Water bowls and faucets are available in addition to benches in the comfortable shade! Since the park is relatively new, it's not the most pawpular place in town just yet, which makes it perfect for shy pups!