The Hale Park Off-Leash Dog Area is not just a dog park in Santa Barbara, California. This Santa Barbara off-leash area is the entire Hale Park. Dogs are permitted off-leash in all areas of the park with no restrictions at all. Parking for vehicles is abundant and is located on Camino Vieja Road.
Hale Park is a stunning stretch of open countryside where owners and their dogs can enjoy some time in the great outdoors together. There's acre upon acre of rolling hills for dogs to explore as well as woodlands and meadows. Several miles of walking trails run through the park, and there's a creek where dogs are permitted to swim. The bonus for pet owners exercising their dogs here are the incredible views of ocean and mountains.
Hale Park is a massive area for dogs to run around in and one in which they could easily get lost. For their safety, all dogs should be responsive to voice commands before they're let off their leashes. It's a big area to search if a pup goes missing. There are regular coyote sightings in the park. Owners with small dogs need to be particularly vigilant when exercising their dogs as coyotes can pose a threat to them.
Before using the Hale Park for exercising their dog off-leash, owners should make sure their pup has up to date treatments for parasites. Because of the wildlife which exists in the park, it is easy for them to pick up ticks and fleas here. Completion of a full cycle of vaccinations including rabies is advisable before taking young puppies into the area.
All pet owners need to carry not just a supply of poop bags or mitts, but also water and a bowl for their dog and themselves. Leaving dog poop laying around encourages the spread of infectious diseases and can be harmful to wildlife, other canines, and humans. All used poop bags need to be taken from the park area and should be disposed of responsibly in an adequate dumpster.