Just north in Poway, you can drive to veterinarians and pet shops, but it requires skirting around the rugged terrain. Rancho Encantado is also referred to as Stonebridge Estates and contains several subdivisions. You can enjoy walks in the residential areas of the community and the surrounding natural areas with your dog as San Diego has pleasant walking weather most of the year.
Winters can be a bit cooler, especially at higher elevations, however, sub-freezing temperatures are rare. Rainy and overcast weather that occurs in the spring can dampen outings with your pet, but if you are prepared with rain gear, you and your pup can still venture out regularly.
Rancho Encantado is located in an isolated area surrounded by mountainous natural terrain with Scripps Ranch on the south side and Poway on the north. The surrounding topography prevents walking with your dog out of the immediate area to reach other urban locations.
The hills and canyons surrounding Rancho Encantado make great walking locations for you and your pet as long as you are both able to handle the rugged terrain and elevation changes. Natural terrain extends into and around residences, making it picturesque and providing natural greenways in and around homes. The terrain is hilly, even in residential areas, so dog walkers and their pets need to be able to hike up and downhill when walking in the neighborhood.
This is a suburban community with large homes on large well landscaped properties. There are sidewalks along residential roads, so you and your dog don't have to share local roadways with traffic.
Sycamore Canyon Park is located on the west side of Rancho Encantado and has ball diamonds and open green space. Ringed with a paved walking path, dog walkers can avoid elevation changes and rough terrain as they walk with their leashed pets. The Stonebridge neighborhood Park is more centrally located and is easier to access in the community with sports fields and a paved walking path around the borders where you can enjoy an easy walk with your leashed pet.
More adventurous canines and their owners will find plenty of rugged natural terrain and trails to explore in the area. The surrounding greenways have trails with steep elevation changes and rough terrain.
A 15-minute drive to the north is the Poway Dog Park. This 1.75-acre park has three enclosed areas for off-leash fun. Different areas for small, large, and senior or less active dogs make it fun for all pets to play. The enclosures have double-gated entries, water fountains, and seating for dog owners.