Tucked away in southern California, in a multi-city suburban region known to some as greater Los Angeles is Chino Hills State Park. The natural area serves as one of the few reminders of what Los Angeles looked like before it was radically developed into the sprawling city that it is today.
If you live nearby and want to explore one of the few remaining vestiges of Los Angeles’ natural environment, check out the park and bring your dog along! Chino Hills State Park is spread out across over 14,000 acres, featuring rich biodiversity and scenic vista points.
People bring their horses to take advantage of the horse trails that weave above and below the skyline, showcasing the areas natural topography. Hikers and bikers also enjoy the trails, although it should be noted that if you plan on bringing your dog for a hike, you will have to limit your exploration to Bane Canyon Road.
This paved road is an access road leading into the heart of the park, and your dog must be leashed while you visit. Unfortunately, the presence of dogs can disturb the natural habitats, restricting your dog’s freedom to roam and explore the park. California Department of Parks and Recreation manages Chino Hills State Park, charging only a small entrance fee for day use.
There are plenty of picnic areas, parking lots, and campgrounds where your dog is allowed to stay on a leash in addition to walking Bane Canyon Road. In all cases, you should protect your dog from poisonous plants, park wildlife, and natural hazards like steep cliffs. Plan on bringing food, water, and poop bags for your dog, and be aware that facilities are spread out throughout the park.
If you live in the suburbs surrounding the park, this can be the perfect place to step outside of the day-to-day rush and relax. The views, environment, and fresh air can restore you and give you and your dog a chance to feel free and unencumbered by the business and stress of life.