Prineville is a city in Crooked County, Oregon located along the Crooked River at the mouth of the Ochoco Creek. This area is a nature wonderland surrounded by national forests, with Ochoco National Forest in the East, Mount Hood National Forest in the South, and Willamette National Forest in the West. The city of Prineville also has four veterinary clinics in town, making it a great place to have a happy, healthy dog.
The nearby Ochoco National Forest is accessible from the east side of Prineville, and has tons of trails that get tails wagging. One of the favorites is the Twin Pillars Trail. This trail is approximately 10 miles and features beautiful wildflowers along the way. Another great option is the Lookout Mountain Trail. This trail is 15 miles long, and wanders through ponderosa pine and mountain mahogany. You might even catch a glimpse of some wild horses! Leashed dogs are welcome throughout the park, but don’t forget to bring drinking water for both of you! A Northwest Forest Pass is also required.
It’s likely you and your dog will want to stay a while in this beautiful area. For outdoor enthusiasts, there is a great campground in the Ochoco National Forest! The Ochoco Divide Campground allows leashed dogs, and at 4,700 feet, gives the feeling of a high altitude forest.
With all of this accessible nature right nearby, it’s no wonder dogs love Prineville!
If you and your dog don’t want to stray too far from home, there are some urban parks in the Downtown neighborhood that you can enjoy! The Gary A. Ward Park and the Harwood Park and Kilowatt Field are both sitting along the Ochoco Creek. They are great options to enjoy some greenery and switch up your morning walk with Fido. Both parks allow leashed dogs, and offer covered picnic areas with barbeques and restrooms. The Hardwood Park has a horseshoe pit, while the Kilowatt Field boasts a baseball diamond that your dog is free to enjoy when there are no games in play.
The Ochoco Creek Park in the Ochoco Point neighborhood of Prineville is a safe, family oriented park. It’s also a favorite among the dog owners of the area, so get ready to make some furry friends! This pretty park is beautifully landscaped with the Ochoco Creek running straight through it. There are a variety of athletic fields available to use, including horseshoe pits, basketball, volleyball and tennis courts. There are also picnics areas and fire pits, so bring some snacks and dog biscuits, because you might want to spend the day! This park welcomes doggos as long as they stay leashed and are picked up after.
If you’re in the neighborhood of Ochoco West with your traveling pooch, you’re in for a treat! This neighborhood is proud home to the Ochoco Wayside State Park. This park offers trails with panoramic views of Prineville, the surrounding valley and streams, and the Ochoco Mountain range. You and your pup may want to stay a while in this beautiful park, and you’re in luck! There are pet friendly campsites here too. The campsites include fire pits, picnic tables and there are restrooms available. Leashed puppers are welcome to explore the park with you, but don’t forget to pick up after him or her!
In the south end of Prineville, in the neighborhood of Crestview/ Rimrock, you can find some more great parks to bring your pooch to along the Crooked River. One of these is the 11 acre Rimrock Park. This park has a pretty pedestrian bridge crossing over the river, and has fishing access. Amenities also include a little league ballfield and porta potties. Just a bit further south down the river brings you to the Crooked River Park. This park has big grassy areas in the form of soccer fields and baseball diamonds, with views of the nearby river. Well behaved dogs are welcome to sniff and play in these parks as long as they stay leashed and get picked up after.
The neighborhood of Prineville Reservoir boasts the puptastic Prineville Reservoir State Park. This oasis in the High Desert gives you and your pup a chance to get back into nature and enjoy the scenic surroundings. The waters flowing from the Ochoco Mountain range meet with the Crooked River to form the Prineville Reservoir, and create 43 miles of shoreline to enjoy. There are campsites ranging from deluxe cabins to primitive campsites, and plenty of hiking and recreational water opportunities. Best of all, your dog won’t need to feel left out! The park is pet friendly, including one of the deluxe cabins.