Cold temperatures do not impede dog walkers in Austin. Snow and icy conditions are rare although occasional freezing rain episodes can make surfaces slick. Summers are hot with dangerous temperatures that can result in heat-related illness if pedestrians or pets overexert themselves, are overexposed, or become dehydrated. Take shelter from extreme temperatures, walk when it is cooler out earlier or later in the day, and make sure you and your dog get lots of water. Thunderstorms are also an issue in the warmer months and electrical storms with high winds and flash floods should also be avoided by residents and their pets.
Pleasant Valley is a large neighborhood whose borders are S. Pleasant Valley Road on the west, Grove Boulevard on the east, Roy G. Guerrero Colorado River Metro Park on the north, and E Ortolf Street on the south.
The terrain is relatively flat and, when walking the region, you and your pet should not encounter any steep sections. The region has residential homes on the southern side and a large natural area on the northern side that includes a nature preserve, parks, and a golf course. The residential areas have newer homes, apartments, and condominium complexes. Residential areas are well landscaped and large natural areas have plenty of trees and green spaces.
There is some commercial activity on the west side and light industrial activity on the east side of the neighborhood with less landscaping available. There are some busy thoroughfares in these areas and more traffic, although no freeways to hamper pedestrians.
The north side of Pleasant Valley is a large greenway with a golf course and several wildlife preserve and park areas.
The 400 acre Roy Guerrero Park takes up a significant part of neighborhood real estate and has many amenities. Sports fields, volleyball courts, a disc golf course, a BMX track, and a playground provide recreational facilities in the park. Trails and picnic sites are available for dog walkers to use and enjoy. The Colorado River Park Wildlife Sanctuary is located on the far north of this greenway and provides protected habitat for local wildlife. Access by dogs may be restricted, so check for local regulations.
The Lakeshore at Town Lake Metro Park provides green space along a lake on the west border of the neighborhood. The Lakeshore Drive Trailhead on Pleasant Valley Road provides access to trails that go west into the Lakeshore Park and the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail that travels to the south.