At the Crystal Cove Dog Park dogs are restricted from walking on any of the unpaved surfaces, which means any hiking in the backcountry has to be without your canine companion. All beachside activities are restricted to "humans-only" as well, which includes the beachside cafe. The three volleyball courts are all available for rental through the park offices located at the front entrances to the beach.
Close to these off-limit beaches are the tide pool areas. Classes on these unique geological formations run throughout the months of April, May, and July. There are 3 miles of paved trails running throughout this park, all of which run parallel to the coastal region of the Pacific Coast highway, providing amazing views of the water. Since recent renovations in 2016, these paved trails have become a hot spot for dog owners and joggers alike.
The campgrounds are fine for canines provided they stay on their leashes. Obviously, make sure to follow the same guidelines as you normally would at most other parks and clean up after your animal. Dogs are prohibited from the fenced off pool area, which is restricted to campground guests. The dog park itself is a 1 1/2-acre, fenced off area much more inland than the rest of the park. There are 2 benches for guests and a water station for bowls or bottles. Major renovations are planned for 2020, including water features for the canines.
Because Crystal Cove is home to a vast array of wildlife, anyone seen violating park rules with their pets will be fined and ejected from the grounds. If you're thinking about breaking the rules, consider the various predators that hang out in these woods. Animals like rattlesnakes can cause major harm or even kill your dog. Canines can also pick up oils from plants like poison oak when roaming unsupervised, which can mean harm to you.