“Dahce Palace”, as it was called for many years by one of the German-speaking founders, is a wonderful small town in Merced County, Central California. This pastoral agricultural community is home to A Cotton Festival in August, and it's one of the easiest places to start a new business! But if you just want to visit Dos Palos, go for it! There’s only one public park in the city if you travel with Fido, but just a skip and a hop from Dos Palos, there are dozens of parks in Los Banos! This city is also home to the closest veterinary facilities.
Los Banos Wildlife Area is a place you'd be barking mad to miss! These expansive wetlands lie in the northern part of Los Banos, which is about 20 minutes from Dos Palos. This spacious area is perfect for hunting (with a permit, of course), fishing, and bird watching with Fido on-leash!
And if you want a spooky adventure, why not check out a few haunted places around Dos Palos? The closest one is a cemetery in Chowchilla, about 20 miles from the city. Chowchilla also proudly boasts "the most haunted grocery store in America." Feel the chills down your spine already? No worries -- your brave Scooby is with you!
Skylark is one of the expansive neighborhoods in central Los Banos, stretching from north to south along Mercey Springs Road. East Pacheco Boulevard divides the neighborhood into two parts, offering you a choice when you travel with Fido. Head to Skylark Park, which is basically just a small green field for sports, or Elena Talbott Park in the northern part of the neighborhood. Or, enjoy College Greens Park nestled in the southern part. This public park has a nice playground for kids and sports fields. Your pup is welcome to explore and sniff around! You have to keep them on their leash, though, and pick up after them.
Tucked in the eastern corner of Los Banos, The Birds is a residential neighborhood. The area is slightly animated by Highway 33 and East Pacheco Boulevard, offering motels and pit-stops for travelers. The central part is nice and quiet. Here, you will find Meadowlands Park. This public park is a local attraction with grills, simple playground equipment, and plenty of space to explore with Fido. Like any other public park, Meadowlands requires pooches to stay on their leashes at all times, and you're not allowed to tie up your buddy anywhere. You'll also need to bring water and doggie waste bags -- none are provided on-site.
Fairgrounds is a central neighborhood of Los Banos, on the western side of Mercey Springs Road. Mostly mixed-use, the area has several residential quarters, two banks, schools, and a lot of fast food and chain eateries along East and West Pacheco Boulevard. If you don’t want to explore banks and schools with Fido (which is understandable!), there are two options for you. The first is 7th Street Park, a rarely crowded recreation area with welcoming green grass to wallow in! The other is Big Page Park at West I Street. This shaded recreation spot is loved by the local dog owners and their furry babies!
Woodward Park is a highly-rated neighborhood in Fresno, a city located approximately 60 miles east of Dos Palos. This is a nicely organized residential neighborhood with a favorite local attraction – Woodward Regional Park. This area is a natural oasis in an urban environment where you and Fido can escape into nature. The main recreation area is perfect for family gatherings, reunions, picnicking, and exercising. Pooches are also welcome, but super active mutts will feel more at home in the off-leash dog park! This no-frills dog park features a fence, drinking water, and paw-lenty of space to run and play together!
You will find Tower District just a skip and hop away from downtown. This is a densely populated and busy residential neighborhood. East Olive Avenue is where you'll find all the modern amenities like shops and eateries. To find some canine-friendly fun, you'll have to take a quick jaunt out of the neighborhood. Fido will pawsitively love the 5-minute walk to Roeding Park, located off of North Golden State Boulevard. This is a wonderful family- and pet-friendly facility with a petting zoo and a lake! There's also a dog park here – time to take the leash off and run! Don't forget the water and waste baggies.