West Des Moines is eighteen miles east of De Soto, but the short drive is worth it, since this city has plenty of activities and places for you and your pup to experience. Raccoon River Dog Park, located at 2500 Grand Avenue, is just one of them. Dogs play hard at this dog park! The main enclosure has the bulk of the twelve acres for off-leash exploration. A smaller fenced area gives smaller pups a safer place to play. The main enclosure includes natural terrain of rocks, brush, and grass. Dogs and their people have water to drink at this dog park. Kiddie pools give pups a cool break on those hottest days. Membership is restricted to the park, and permits are available through the City of West Des Moines.
Des Moines is located twenty-three miles east of De Soto. Des Moines has three public dog parks for you and your pup to check out. You’ll need to get a permit to access each of them, though. Ewing Dog Park is the largest of the three. Ewing has 8.5 acres of fully fenced enclosure for all dogs to enjoy A separate one-acre area is set aside for the smaller dogs. Riverwalk Dog Park has four acres for all dogs to run leash-free (no separate area for smaller dogs), and the Reno Memorial Dog Park has 3.5 acres of fully fenced space for all dogs to socialize and play off-leash. All three dog parks are open from 6 a.m. until sunset. Information and permits are available through the City of Des Moines Parks Department.
Ankeny is thirty-three miles north of De Soto. Ankeny Dog Park is located at 1155 SW Ankeny Road. Ankeny Dog Park is open from dawn to dusk and sports 3 enclosures for off-leash activities. The largest, fully fenced enclosure is for all dogs. A second is set aside for smaller dogs, and a third area of a .5 acres opens up to a creek. The whole dog park encompasses a sprawling 7.5 acres of places to run, explore, and socialize. The natural terrain offers dogs the smells of nature as well as its feel. Drinking water is provided to dogs and their human companions from specially designed water fountains. Access to this dog park is restricted to pass holders. Passes are available from the City of Ankeny.
Windsor Heights is located eighteen miles east of De Soto. Windsor Heights Dog Park can be found at 6900 School Road. This is a fenced enclosure for a pup to find a pal to sniff and paw at. A small creek flows through the enclosure for a daring splash on a hot day. The ground, for most part, is covered in mulch. Some pups that decide to roll in it may need a quick once-over with the brush afterward, but the fun is worth it! This dog park has a few obstacle pieces to try out. Smaller dogs will find their own separate space for safer play. This dog park does not have water, so visitors take note to bring some for themselves (and some to share!). Picnic tables under shade trees give the human companions a place to congregate while their pups play.
Altoona is thirty-four miles east of De Soto. Altoona Dog Park is located at 851 17th Avenue SW. This dog park is a fully fenced area for off-leash exercise and socialization. A few pieces of agility equipment can be used for training or extra exercise. A small separate area is sectioned off for the smaller dogs. The ground of the dog park is a mixture of mulch and grass.This one-acre park gives dogs some running room to play and just be dogs. The dog park has drinking water for dogs and people, Waste bags are also provided by the dog park. Benches are situated so people can sit and supervise their pups at play. This dog park is free and open to the public from dawn to dusk.