Named for the type of legume that flourishes in area farmers’ plethora of crops, Alfalfa is a small rural community about 16 miles east of Bend. Alfalfa has beautiful surroundings, with lush, irrigated fields making up most of the area, and dramatic views of the Cascade Mountains on the horizon.
While Alfalfa is without any fur-iendly parks, some of Central Oregon’s most pristine and pawsome green spaces, along with 20 veterinary clinics, can be found just a short drive away in Bend! On Bend’s east side, you and Fido will have a blast visiting Big Sky Park. This beautiful 97-acre park has a puptacular fully fenced-in off-leash area that features walking trails that wind around mature trees, picnic tables, a water spigot and portable restrooms. There are cleanup bags at the entrance to the off-leash area as well as throughout the rest of this woofderful park. It’s understandably a pawpular area for pup playtime!
Worthy Brewing is another must-visit pet-friendly hangout on Bend’s east side! Leashed dogs are welcome to join you on the spacious patio area while you enjoy wood-fired pizza, steelhead tacos, and of course, some of Bend’s most delicious craft beer.
With puptastic views and so many pawsome amenities just a few miles away, Alfalfa is grrrreat!
Grab your pup, lace up your sneakers and head to Bend’s Mountain View neighborhood, about 16 miles from Alfalfa! This area’s namesake park is a puptacular place to visit with your leashed pooch! This four-acre green space has views of the Cascade Mountains and Pilot Butte that make playtime with Fido even more appealing! There’s plenty of grassy lawn, mature trees, picnic tables, a playground and a basketball court. Be sure to check out the other pawsome neighborhood parks, Al Moody Park and Providence Park! After your outdoor excursion, grab a bowl of soup, salad, a sandwich or wrap at the nearby fur-iendly Café Yumm!
Check out one of the area’s largest and most puptacular off-leash dog areas in Bend’s Pine Nursery neighborhood, about 16 miles from Alfalfa! The 159-acre Pine Nursery Park is home to the Bob Wenger Off-Leash Area, a fully enclosed 14-acre park where you and Fido can enjoy a hike together on the nature trail, play fetch in the grass, sniff around tons of trees, or cool off in the mist that emits from the fire hydrants on hot days! All this fun, and beautiful views of the snowcapped Cascade Mountains on the horizon! The rest of Pine Nursery Park is pretty pawsome, too, with a huge playground, playfields, a fishing pond, a disc golf course, walking trails and more! This neighborhood is also where you’ll find Big Sky Park.
Looking for a hike with puptacular views? Check out Bend’s Orchard neighborhood, about 16 miles from Alfalfa! There, you and your pooch will find Pilot Butte Neighborhood Park. This is a furrific place to start your adventure as it’s located at the base of Pilot Butte and has a picnic area and restrooms. From there, hop on the 1.8-mile Pilot Butte Trail that winds up and around Bend’s iconic geological highpoint. The dirt trail offers unique views of the beautiful city, as well as the stunning Cascade Mountains on the horizon as you make your way through juniper stands. You and your pup will feel quite accomplished at the top as you take in the views and check out the interpretive signs! For other furrific parks in this neighborhood, visit the Laurel Pocket Park, Hollinshead Park, Orchard Park, Stover Park and Juniper Park.
Another pawsome dog park awaits you and your furry friend in Bend’s Larkspur neighborhood, about 16 miles from Alfalfa! Ponderosa Park has a four-acre enclosed off-leash area where your pup can play off some energy and socialize with new whiskery faces! This park is a woofderful place to visit on warm days as there’s tons of huge shady trees to keep things cool during Fido’s playtime. There’s a walking path within the off-leash area, plus a longer, paved trail outside where you and your leashed dog can wander together. The park also has doggie waste cleanup stations and a water spigot. The rest of Ponderosa Park is neat, too! There’s tons of grass, a huge picnic pavilion, restrooms and a playground. This neighborhood is also home to Kiwanis Park, Larkspur Park, Gardenside Park and Woodland Pond Park.
Visit a spectacularly scenic park in the heart of Bend with your leashed pup in the Empire neighborhood! This area is home to Sawyer Park, a woofderful 45-acre natural space nestled on the banks of the Deschutes River. This beautiful park has lots of lush grass where you and your pup can play or relax, tons of picnic tables beneath shady trees, and a pawsome walking path. You and your pup can even walk down to the riverbank and get your toes wet as you gaze up at the cliffs that were carved out by the clear waters! Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife and more than 140 species of birds in the area! Harvest Park is another furrific park to visit with your leashed pooch in the neighborhood.