Located in southwestern Idaho, Horseshoe Bend is a relatively small town of only 700 residents; interestingly, though, it’s the largest city in rural Boise County! This community is just small enough to have a small-town feel but just big enough to still have access to city amenities. And with over 20 veterinarians available within a 35-minute drive, it’s a very safe spot for Fido.
Some of the most popular options near Horseshoe Bend are the parks near Boise. Winstead Park, just 26 miles south, is a massive 11-acre park complete with a walking path, a covered shelter, a playground, and much more. Even better, most of the park areas welcome off-leash pups during the late afternoon hours. A few miles west of Winstead is Settlers Park. This gorgeous park has a large grassy area that’s great for frisbee play and even a small pond for swimming. And, between its golf course and large sports complex, this park is a massive 60 acres.
If you want to stay in Horseshoe Bend, head on over to Kit’s Riverside Restaurant where they serve everything from gyros, burgers, and chicken sandwiches. A great stop for lunch on the Payette River, this restaurant welcomes pooches on its outdoor patio.
So, don’t miss out on all the pup-friendly restaurants and parks available in -- or just a short drive from -- Horseshoe Bend!
Eagle is a cute residential city that is near schools, parks, and shopping that overlooks the Boise River about 25 miles south of Horseshoe Bend. Eagle Island State Park is 545 acres and 2,524 ft. high, and provides locals the opportunity to enjoy some fun activities like boating, swimming, fishing, volleyball, disc golf, horseshoes, water sliding, picnicking, and hiking. All activities aside from swimming, fishing or going on the waterslide, are dog-friendly to on-leash dogs! Eagle Island also hosts the fun dog-friendly Run Fido Run event that is held annually to raise funds for the local animal non-profit organizations.
This cutely monikered family-friendly town is located about 20 miles south of Horseshoe Bend and offers easy access to local golf courses, schools, parks and housing. Sunset Park is situated on 10 acres of land that provides access to paved walkways and open grass areas you can walk your on-leash dog, but for some off-leash fun, there is a 4.3-acre area that is approved to house pups during designated hours (from sunrise to 10 AM). Much like Sunset Park, Castle Hills Park has a designated 2.2 acres of land that allows pups to run and play off leash from sunrise to 10 AM and again at 4 AM to sunset.