The very rural city of Idaho City, with only about 500 people in its population, makes its name sound like somewhat of an oxymoron. Though a gorgeous area, you’ll need to drive a bit to get to some paw-friendly places. Boise, Idaho is one of them – especially Southeast Boise, which is about 36 miles from Idaho City. This neighborhood’s Cypress Park and Manitou Park allow dogs off their leashes during the quiet times in the mornings and evenings. Both parks have plenty of space for your pup to explore! You and your pooch can also visit the local PETCO and Pets Best stores here.
Another area in Boise that has two parks for your dog is West Valley, which is around 46 miles from Idaho City. Pine Grove Park is a full dog park with doggie cleanup essentials, benches, and shaded areas for a dog owner’s convenience. Redwood Park is a large park with grass areas, a pond, picnic areas, and more – and you and your dog can enjoy every piece of it unleashed during designated times. You’ll also have another PETCO store in Boise nearby and a PetSmart Grooming center for paw-fect pet care! All Valley Animal Care Center is also in the neighborhood, ready to give your dog professional health care services.
A little over 46 miles from Idaho City is another Boise neighborhood known as Veterans Park. Here, Sunset Park is a must-see for any dog owner and their furry friend. The park has over four acres available for your dog to roam off his leash during designated times in the morning and evening, and then he’s welcome to join you on his leash to explore the rest of the park. Veterans Park also has several dog-friendly restaurants with a variety of cuisines to suit your (and your pup’s!) tastes. The Dutch Goose is a pup-ular option, offering everything from seafood to sandwiches.
If you drive 48.7 miles west of Idaho City, just past Boise, you’ll reach the East Central neighborhood of Meridian, ID. This neighborhood offers Storey Bark Park, with over two acres of fenced land to keep dogs safe. Small and large dogs have separate areas, and all dogs can enjoy agility toys and obstacles, a doggie water fountain, a variety of terrain, and more. East Central also offers A Loving Touch Puppy Parlor, a professional grooming service for any breed of dog. And, at All Valley Animal Resort, your dog can get a grooming, have a place to stay while you’re away, and can even get a checkup!
It’ll take you about two and a half hours to get to McCall, ID from Idaho City, but if you have a day to spare for an amazing outdoor adventure with your dog, this one is for you. McCall is the home of Ponderosa State Park, which sits on the Payette Lake and offers plenty of activities for dogs and their owners. Dogs are welcome to join their owners on their leash in any park area except swimming areas, so you can hike, camp, fish, eat a picnic lunch together, and more. The park also offers seasonal activities, like skiing, for true doggie adventurists.