Located within the Mojave Desert, Searles Valley is a populated community in northwest San Bernardo County, California. It’s home to geological wonders and unique natural features, such as Searles Lake, an endorheic dry lake. Just east of the lake is the mining community of Trona. There’s not much to do with a pooch here, but you can always pay a visit to Searles Valley Historical Society for a history lesson with your pup! All the amenities you need, including vet hospitals and eateries, are available in Ridgecrest, 25 miles from downtown Searles Valley.
If you want a challenging adventure, make sure to visit Death Valley National Park, the hottest and driest national park in the US! You have to be well-prepared and very careful while hiking and camping in the area, and always keep Fido on-leash. Sidewinder Canyon is a tough hiking route for advanced hikers and mutts. It’s about 5 miles round-trip and will take ruffly 6 hours to complete.
Another challenging place is Surprise Canyon Wilderness, a vast nature park with hiking trails. Pooches cannot accompany you on the trails in the Wilderness, but are welcome to explore the Furnace Creek bike path and other dirt roads. Pay attention to signage, and bring a lot of water with you!
Ridgecrest’s downtown is a thriving area in Central California that's perfect for shopping and outdoor sports. You will find Leroy Jackson Park, a vast park with a sports complex and multiple fields, here! It’s an accessible, popular facility where locals play tennis, volleyball, or just hang out with the family. Pooches have a special place in the park, too. Off-leash Dog Park, set within the park, has two fenced areas for small and large pups. Drinking water is available for each side. To reward your buddy for being a good boy, visit Desert Dog Pet Store, a local shop with tons of treats for pets!
Red Rock State Canyon State Park, a gorgeous green area with spectacular rock formations, is a cool place to sniff out with Fido! It's located just a little over an hour from Searles Valley, west of Ricardo in California. Get your leash ready! Here, you will find 3 easy hiking trails, plenty of open space, and rocks to climb on and sniff! Camping is also an option. But there are no amenities here, so make sure you are packed with water, supplies, and food! The picturesque surroundings are wonderful for strolls with sporty mutts, and don't forget a camera! You will surely want to snap a shot or two!
Located in the northern part of Apple Valley, Civic Center Park is a neighborhood near Dale Evans Parkway. Primarily commercial, it has shopping venues, cafes, local businesses, and real estate agencies. Civic Center Park is a beautiful outdoor facility right behind the Apple Valley Parks & Recreation office. Vast, at about 22 acres, the park is green and well-shaded, perfect for on-leash walks with puppies! The main park is also home to a small doggy spot. The off-leash dog park is a pawpular place for the local dog owners to have fun and play together, enjoying two fenced enclosures on the eastern edge of Civic Park.
Mountain Meadows is a neighborhood in Bakersfield, located at the extreme eastern edge of the city. It’s a well-kept neighborhood with primarily small-sized and medium-sized single-family homes. This neighborhood is also one of the most affordable in Bakersfield! If you're traveling via California State Route 178, make sure to stop in this neighborhood and stretch the legs with Fido in Mess Marin Dog Park. It’s right next to Tarina Homes Sports Complex, just a few steps from the neighborhood's border. This fenced park is small, but it has plenty of grass and space to sniff around and play together with local pups.
A northern neighborhood of Bakersfield, Eagle Ranch is a populated community with a well-developed infrastructure. Home to about 3,800 residents, the place can efficiently function as a small town! The residential quarters are organized around green areas and water reservoirs. You will also find a shopping area near Coffee Road featuring large supermarkets and small shops, and eateries. Just a bit north is the stuff of doggie dreams: City of Bakersfield Dog Park. It’s an accessible facility that's busy in the morning (until 10 a.m.) but never crowded! A nice bonus: the place is open 24 hours, each day of the week. What about a late night walk with your pooch?