Dubbed “The Hub City”, Colton has rightfully earned its title as a central location surrounded by several “mutttropolises”. Even though there are no dog parks within the city limits, there are 6 off-leash areas and several trails in 10 miles to keep the city’s pups in tip-top shape. When local pooches are feeling under the weather, they can either pay a visit to the local animal hospital or one of the 16 vets within the adjacent communities!
Just 5 miles away in the city of Riverside is Carlson Dog Park, a convenient bark park which has grown to be a neighborhood staple. The park has multiple runs to indulge dogs with a variety of needs, including small and large dog areas, an exercise run, and a puppies-only section! Vivacious doggies love showing off in the park’s agility section, where they can dash, dart, and shimmy through all the obstacles the course offers. Owners love the gorgeous setting this park provides, with beautiful Mt. Rubidoux as the park’s backdrop.
If your pup is looking to prolong his adventures, the Mt. Rubidoux trailhead can be found right beside the park for a scenic yet convenient hike. This spectacular mountain expedition will have your canine thinking he is Indiana Bones -- just be sure to bring some water and a collapsible bowl!
The Hound Town Dog Park in the Moreno Valley will have your dog jumping through hoops — quite literally! Unlike most other parks, this 3.5-acre facility has equally pawesome sections for small and large breeds, which both feature state-of-the-art obstacle courses! Whether your pooch is a Mastiff or a Maltese, they will surely love how inclusive this bark park is, with huge grassy expanses for both areas of the run! Boy dogs pawticularly enjoy the fire hydrants, which they are encouraged to mark as they please, and owners delight in the convenience of on-site poo bags and clean-up tools! This puppy playground will have your fur children jumping for joy!
Harada Heritage Park is the pawfect place for a Saturday afternoon with the whole fur family! This facility has something for everyone, including a sports complex, skate park, playground, snack stand, and, of course, a dog park! The paw park is a favorite for puppy play dates with spacious fields for chasing, fetching, or just rolling in the plush grass! There are three options of play areas for your furry children to choose from: a large breed expanse, a small breed zone, and a “quiet time” section for dogs who prefer solo time. Whether your pup is small and mighty or big and boisterous, he will surely be begging to come back in no time!
The Hidden Valley Wildlife Preserve is tucked away on the outskirts of Riverside, about 20 miles south of Colton, and is truly a gem hidden in plain sight! This lush natural habitat is a treat for all two- and four-legged visitors, with miles of beautiful, paved, wheelchair-accessible trails and natural surface paths as well! The park encompasses 1,500 acres where you and your leashed companions can explore for just a small parking fee and leashed dog charge ($5 for parking and $1 per dog). Have your picnic basket and collapsible water bowl in tow, because your pooch will want to stay a while!
The Skyline Trail in Corona is one of the best hiking paths around, with several options for you and your pups depending on your skill level! This scenic mountain paw path covers over 11 miles through the beautiful rolling California hills, complete with picturesque overlooks as well as a natural cave! The panoramic views alone keep bicyclists, horse riders, and dog walkers coming back time and time again. If your pup isn’t a seasoned hiker or if you are just short on time, you can choose to do the much shorter loop trail. Just make sure you stow plenty of water in your backpack and a towel to combat the dirt during the ride home!
Is your mutt in search of a tail-wagging good time? Look no further than Pat Merritt Park in Riverside. Ruffly 10 miles south of Colton, this doggy recreation area is an ideal location for San Bernardino County doggies to romp and scamper around with their newfound fur-iends! This park is not super ornate, but what it lacks in accessories is made up by the friendliness of the regulars and huge enclosures for guests to enjoy. In the summertime, puppy parents frequently fill up kiddie pools for the dogs to cool off in (which is especially appreciated by the long-haired visitors)! Pawrents and fur children adore the welcoming nature and friendly atmosphere this park embodies!