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Located on the border between the United States and Mexico in a valley of the Jacumba Mountains, the charming town of Jacumba Hot Springs, California is the pawfect place for your next getaway with your furry friend! Take advantage of the unique mountainous setting and explore the surrounding natural areas, or venture an hour west to the famous urban hub of San Diego for even more pawesome fun. While there are no veterinarians in the immediate area, there are more than 20 located throughout the surrounding communities should anything happen during your visit to Jacumba Hot Springs.
While the town's main attraction (the hot springs) aren't exactly dog-friendly, there are a number of other nature-oriented activities that are sure to occupy you and your pup all day long. For your first stop, head just over an hour north to the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. This incredible expanse of perfectly preserved nature gives visitors a chance to get a glimpse into the vast California desert. You and your pup can enjoy hours upon hours of fun observing the unique wildlife native to the area, including bighorn sheep, kit foxes, roadrunners, mule deer and even an iguana or chuckwalla if you're lucky.
The Jacumba Hot Springs area certainly will not disappoint!
Ruffly 40 minutes northwest of Jacumba Hot Springs, you will find Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, the pawfect place to continue your dog-friendly vacation. Located in the heart of the Cayumaca and Laguna Mountains, this incredibly scenic state park offers its visitors more than 26,000 acres of land plus more than 100 miles of hiking trails throughout a variety of terrains and landscapes, including fir, pine and oak forests, as well as several meadows and bodies of water. There are also numerous species of animals found within the park, including the infamous mountain lion. Be sure to keep your pup on a leash at all times so as to not disturb the local flora and fauna!
Head just over an hour west of downtown Jacumba Hot Springs and you'll find the charming neighborhood of Villas del Parque. In the heart of this eclectic neighborhood is the Otay Valley Regional Park, which provides visitors with more than 200 acres of open space to run and play the whole day away. Additionally, the park contains more than eight miles of trails if you and your pup enjoy a more structured hike. This park is also a great place for bird-watching, a favorite pastime for everyone, human and dog alike!
Located just a few minutes west of the Villas del Parque neighborhood lies the Pacific Beach community, home of one of the area's largest and most well-kept dog parks: Fiesta Island. The vast majority of this little slice of tropical-meets-desert paradise is dedicated solely to dogs. Your pup is allowed off-leash here, provided they remain under your voice control. You and your pup can enjoy a good ol' romp in the sand dunes, or check out the small bay, which is dog-friendly, too, of course! The waves in this bay are calm enough for your pup to enjoy a quick dip in the ocean and for you to maintain your peace of mind.
Driving less than an hour west of Jacumba Hot Springs will bring you to El Cajon, a bustling city located in a valley surrounded by mountains. The unique setting of El Cajon makes the climate take on both semi-arid and Mediterranean weather patterns -- an unusual combination. Located within the El Cajon area is 18-acre Wells Park, a park with more than one acre of space dedicated to off-leash doggy fun. You and your pup can enjoy hours of fetch and roll in the lush grass all day long here in El Cajon!
Arguably one of the area's most dog-friendly neighborhoods, the neighborhood of East Village pawsitively will not disappoint. Plus, it's less than an hour west of downtown Jacumba Hot Springs! One of East Village's premier attractions is the Quartyard, an urban park constructed of re-purposed shipping containers. The whole park is dog-friendly and contains a full-service restaurant, beer garden and coffee shop, plus a 5,000-square-foot dog run which is the pawfect place for your pup to release some pent-up energy! There's also an art space in the Quartyard with rotating exhibitions and semi-frequent events as well.
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