Thousand Oaks is part of the Greater Los Angeles Area and its name was derived from numerous oak trees in the city. Thousand Oaks was named the 4th safest city with a population of more than 100,000 in America by the FBI Crime Reports in 2013. It should also be known for its love of dogs because there are almost 30,000 living there.
It's estimated that there is an approximate 140 miles of trails in Thousand Oaks, so if you like hiking you are in the right spot. One of the best is the trail to Sandstone Peak, which is the highest point in the Santa Monica Mountains and takes you on a seven-mile loop to Tri-Peaks and Inspiration Point with the most amazing views of the Channel Islands and the Pacific Coast.
Another great one is Wendy Trails to the Waterfalls, which is just over three miles and is a moderate hike with excellent views. First, you will walk with the creek and up some pretty steep inclines where you see a beautiful old windmill that makes a great background for photos. After going around the canyon, you will see the Hidden Valley Overlook Trail and that will take you to the falls, which is a gorgeous sight to see.
If Fido is begging to get out, both of the previous mentioned trails make a great out for pent up energy. If you're looking to socialize with other pups, check out Conejo Creek Dog Park. Conejo Creek Dog Park has plenty of room for Rover to run, especially if you plan on throwing the ball a long ways. The park, and other owners, even leave tennis balls behind to ensure there's plenty of fetch to be played. The locals in Thousand Oaks are proud of the cleanliness and convenient poop bags, that way the park can be enjoyed by all pet owners without concern of making, or stepping in, a mess.
Whenever you’re in Thousand Oaks, make your way to the center. You will find one of the most secluded dog parks you will ever find-- Estella Park. This secluded park is perfect for a low-key day for quality time with your dog. Although the park is very small, it has a lot of benefits. Since it is a small park, it is very beneficial for small, scared dogs. However, since this park does not have a lot of amenities, be sure to take your own snacks, water and toys. You are guaranteed to have a great time at this lush green park!
Right off of the freeway, you will find a cute little dog park, Walnut Grove Park. This small park is enclosed and welcomes all sorts of dogs and their sizes. The park also has a playground so you can bring your children and have a fun family day! Furthermore, because the dog park is an off-leash park, you can leave the leash at home. You are also likely to meet many new dog owners and dogs so your pet can learn to socialize. Consider packing a picnic, bringing a good book and bringing a few dog toys. You are guaranteed to have a pawsome day!
Northeast Thousand Oaks is full of shops, restaurants and other attractions. If you're in the mood to spend some time in a park after running errands, head to Rancho Conejo Playfield. This park is basically one large green field. Your dog will love you forever! However, since this is dog-friendly and not a dog park, take a leash in case there are other people at the park. There also aren't a lot of amenities at the park. This is why you need to pack your own water, lunch and toys. Even so, you'll have a pawesome time!
If you head to the eastern part of Thousand Oaks, you'll end up in Triunfo Community Park. This park is a completely no-frills park that has no shortage of lush green grass and hills. It is not a dog park so you will have to take a leash with you. However, if you are an active person, be sure to take your running shoes. The hills in the park are often challenging and provide a great workout. Similarly, you can even take your own toys to the park and play with your dog on the hills! This is a great spot for an intense workout with your furry friend!
If you are willing to drive a short 8 miles to Oak Park, you can take your most loyal companion to the Indian Springs Park. This park is one of the most well-maintained parks in the area. It has a large grass field surrounded by sports fields and playgrounds. As it is not an off-leash park, you will have to keep your dog on a leash. However, the lush green grass and amenities make up for it. You will often see other dog owners relaxing on the grass with their dogs or walking them around the neighborhood having a pawsome time!