Lancaster has become the 31st largest city in the state of California, gaining over 100,000 people since its incorporation since 1977. The town is part of a twin city complex, paired with Palmdale, and provides an open, natural space to walk around and explore for humans and dogs. Not only that, but dog-lovers can find 12 veterinarians, multiple trails and hundreds of acres in the desert region.
The Apollo Community Regional Park provides an oasis for humans and dogs alike, with scenic lakes, vibrant fields of grass, and towering trees with plenty of shade. The large area has fishing areas, picnic shelters with grills, and a gazebo. All the areas are dog-friendly, but dogs must remain on a leash.
The Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve State Natural Reserve brings a lot of tourism to the town, offering a protected place to enjoy the large grassy areas with plenty of poppies and other flowers to view in the spring. Dogs are welcome in the park while on a leash, from sunrise to sunset. There is a parking fee, and humans must bring water and food.
With plenty of green space, you and Fido will be getting plenty of exercise, and will be telling all your fur-ends about the town of Lancaster!
This neighborhood is right in the center of town, and is pretty busy all day throughout the week. Among the urban structures is a nice plot of green land called the Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park. The tree-lined park provides privacy and shade around the 63-acre park, and has plenty of open space and paved trails for Fido. Dogs must remain on a leash while inside the park, but can go into the picnic areas, fishing stations, and grilling center. Additional features include clean-up bags, water fountains, benches, picnic tables, and nighttime lights.
Challenger is a residential neighborhood filled to the brim with homes and bustling streets. Most residents will be overjoyed that there is still plenty of places to bring their dogs, like the Deputy Pierre W. Bain Park, a 13-acre area with barbecue facilities, picnic tables, restrooms and 1.2 miles of walking trails. There are even dog-friendly open play areas that allow you and Fido to run, play, or just socialize with other dogs and humans. Dogs must remain on a leash, and can enjoy additional features including clean-up stations and water fountains. A smaller park is Mays Field, which is mostly made up of softball fields and open space. Dogs are welcome at the park on a leash and can play on the enclosed fields when games are not in session.
The Wilson Gardens neighborhood is pretty bare, with miles and miles of desert viewing. A lot of this area is taken up by the Saddleback Butte State Park, a protected area that's 3,651 feet above sea level. The mountainous region is dog-friendly and provides over 8 miles of nature trails, including a trail that leads to the peak of the park. Dogs must remain on a leash, and owners will need to bring water and clean-up bags. As a contrast to the desert region, the neighborhood also hosts the Butte Valley Wildflower Sanctuary, a dog-friendly place to go to enjoy all the different wildflowers of the region. The park is 351 acres and allows leashed pups, but owners must bring water and clean-up bags.
The city is pretty urban and has lots of concrete jungles throughout, including in the Lancaster City Center neighborhood. This central area is a place of business and small shops. Among those dog-lovers who live in the urban center, the Jane Reynolds Park is a dog-friendly option to take Fido. The park provides a spacious open area, with plenty of shade from towering trees and two large pavilions. There's also a playground, barbeque area, and outdoor kitchen. Dogs are welcome, but must remain on a leash, and can even stay after sunset thanks to the nighttime lights in the park. Additional features include clean-up bags, water fountains, and benches.
The West Ave L and 30th Street West neighborhood is on the west side of town, but still provides plenty of dog-friendly areas to its residents. The Rawley Duntley Park is an example of this, with 20 acres of open play space, walking trails, picnic shelters, and barbecue facilities. Dogs are welcome at the park while on a leash, and have access to clean-up bags, water fountains, benches, and trash bins. For a more natural option, the Prime Desert Woodland Preserve is a dog-friendly area that has over 3 miles of hiking trails that head out into the desert preserve. Dogs must remain on a leash 10 feet or shorter, and humans must bring water and clean-up bags.