Santa Paula is nestled between the beautiful orchards of the Santa Clara River Valley in Ventura County. In 1890, the town was the center of California’s petroleum industry and home to the Union Oil Company Building. Today, Santa Paula is a tourist city mostly known for being the citrus capital of the world.
Santa Paula has four veterinary hospitals that your dog can get a checkup at. With 18 pawsome parks, Santa Paula pups have their choice of outdoor adventure spots! Stop by Dennison Park which has a great walking trail and picnic area, or Toland Park which has a fun hiking trail for the two of you to explore.
Although Santa Paula is small, it does has a few dog-friendly hotels that your dog can stay at with you. Check out Glen Tavern Inn for a traditional room. For the adventurous, Ventura Ranch KOA is a campground that you can park your RV, pitch a tent, or even rent a cabin for a nice relaxing evening with your pup before you continue on your travels.
Although Santa Paula is small and not a bigger city which Fido may be used to, he will still love the hominess that Santa Paula has to bring.
The Rose Valley Falls Trail is a great spot to take your dog for an afternoon adventure. The Rose Valley Falls Trail is a simple 0.75-mile hike through the Los Padres National Forest. The hike has a small stream that your dog can splash in, but beware that the ground can be a little uneven at times. If you want to go for a longer hike, then check out the Santa Paula Canyon and Punch Bowls Trail. This trail is right under 7-miles and has an elevation of 1194 feet. The trail has a waterfall. Be sure to keep your dog leashed in this public area.
If you and your dog are foodies, you need to check out the Hillview Estates Telegraph neighborhood, which is home to two great eateries that your dog and you can visit together. Mupu Grill serves up American comfort food, including soups and sandwiches, and has a patio in front of their restaurant that welcomes your dog. Rabalais Bistro and Bakery offers Cajun and Creole cooking with a dog friendly patio that is located on the historic Main Street of Santa Paula. Rabalais Bistro and Bakery also has a full coffee bar and bakery that the two of you can enjoy together.
The Mitchell Edelson Dog Park at Soule Park is a pawesome dog park to visit for some off-leash fun. Located in the town of Ojai only ten minutes away from Santa Paula, your dog won’t mind the drive for this pawsome park. This dog park has two separate areas for small and large dogs with a double gate enclose to help ensure your dog cannot escape the park. The park also features benches for owners to relax on, big oak trees to help shade, and doggie water fountains. Mainly grass, this park is a pupperific place for your best furry friend.
The town of Ventura is just down the road from Santa Paula, and is home to the Ojai Valley Trail. This dogtastic trail is great to visit with your dog exploring and having a good time. The trail is 9.3-miles long and has an asphalt surface for the two of you to walk on. The Ojia Valley Trail runs along the Ventura River, and is popular with bike riders and horseback riders. There are awesome views along the trail, like an oak grove and a railroad tie bridge. Make sure to bring water for Fido to drink, and some clean-up bags for the hike.
Sixteen miles away from Santa Paula is the Arroyo Verde Park in Ventura, a great park to let your dog explore. While visiting the park, your dog needs to stay on leash unless you visit before 9 a.m. when the park begins to get busy. This park offers a lot of amenities for you and your dog to enjoy, such as hiking trails, playgrounds, big open spaces, picnic tables, and BBQ areas. Be cautious when you are hiking the hills since there have been sights of mountain lions and rattlesnakes. Make sure to bring plenty of water for the two of you to drink and clean-up bags.