Orem is the fifth-largest city in Utah, sitting neatly between Provo Lake and the Wasatch Mountain Range. With such gorgeous scenery, it's no wonder the town was named the 5th best place to raise a family by Forbes in 2010, and provides a beautiful home for adults, children, and fur-babies! The city even has seven veterinarians and many dog-friendly parks for Fido.
One of the most popular dog-friendly activities in the city is the Powell Slough Waterfowl Management Area. The area is a large natural area lying on the shore of Lake Provo, with nature trails, scenic landscape, and a dense wetlands habitat. There is limited parking at the site, and dogs must remain on a 5-foot or shorter leash while inside.
Many of the human and dog residents of Orem love taking a walk on the Provo River Parkway. The greenway is a great place to take a short walk with Fido, or take a long hike that leads to Vivian Park along the Provo River. Dogs must remain on a leash while on the trail.
There's also a lot of dog-friendly eateries in town, including the California Pizza Kitchen, Kneaders Bakery & Cafe and the Cafe Rio Mexican Grill, all with outdoor dog-friendly seating and water for Fido. Whether eating out or going for a walk, Orem provides plenty of places to go around town!
Lakeview is a beautiful and flat region, with mountains that overlook large residential areas. The neighborhood holds Orem's oldest park, Nielsen's Grove Park, established in 1880. Today, the park is 21 acres and provides a gorgeous, dog-friendly place to walk Fido, with access to a .43-mile walking path, shaded sitting and picnic areas, and open areas of the parterre gardens. Dogs must remain on a leash, but can enjoy water fountains, clean-up stations, and trash bins. After a pleasant walk around the park, head over to the Aubergine & Company, a natural-food company with five outdoor dog-friendly tables for you and Fido to enjoy while stopping to get a snack or drink.
Sharon Park is a peaceful neighborhood in Orem, with lots of forested areas and open fields. The neighborhood is a great place for dog-lovers though, with parks like the 24.5-acre City Center Park. The park is dog-friendly for leashed dogs and provides paved walkways up to .34 miles, six baseball diamonds, and a soccer field. Additional features include water fountains and trash bins. Another option within the community is Sharon Park, a smaller 5.15-acre park that's nestled among the woods and a small hill. The park provides a paved walking path, clean-up stations, water fountains, and plenty of open space for Fido to run around and get some energy out.
The Olmstead neighborhood is pretty vacant, mostly taken up by the high elevation of Mount Timpanogos. On the foothills of the mountain is the gem of Orem, the Orem Dog Park. The park is an acre of completely fenced-in area for some puptastic off-leash play. There are two separate areas for larger and smaller dogs, both with 6-foot fences and double-gated entrances for extra safety. You and your pup can also enjoy the human and doggy water fountains, wash stations, fire hydrants, trash bins, clean-up stations, and sitting areas. Not only that, but how can anyone turn away from the gorgeous view of the mountains that surround the park?
The neighborhood of Windsor features the Windsor Park, a 8.3 acre area of dog-friendly open space to roam around. The area has a .25-mile paved walking trail, enclosed tennis courts, a children's playground, and sheltered picnic areas with grills. Dogs must remain on a leash at the park, and have access to water and clean-up stations. Bonneville Park also resides in the neighborhood, and offers 4.3 acres of land. This area is also dog-friendly, with more walking trails and water fountains for leashed dogs, but owners must bring their own clean-up bags.
The neighborhood of Canyon View provides just what the name suggests, a breathtaking view of the canyon landscape and tall ridges of the mountains. Along the foothills of the neighborhood is the Palisade Park, Orem's newest park that was converted from a golf course. The area is 22 acres and provides a .25-mile walking trail, a dog-friendly splash pad with 22 spray nozzles, and large water fountain to play in. Dogs must be on a leash at all times at the park, which is open from 10 AM to 8 PM. The park also feaures drinking water fountains, benches, trash bins, and clean-up stations.