Dogs in the Parks
The South Coast Wilderness is your open space, and we encourage you to explore it, to enjoy it, and to make it your own. As you visit the parks and hike or ride the trails, remember that the open space is the home to many creatures: deer, bobcat, coyotes, foxes, snakes, hawks, rabbits, woodrats, insects and native plants. When we venture off trail or allow our dogs in areas preserved for wildlife, we upset a delicate balance of plant and animal life. In addition, it’s dangerous for us and our dogs.
About Dogs in the ParksJust as we humans are required to stay on the trails, our furry friends must do the same. Here’s why:
• Dogs are predators. Wild animals will avoid places that a dog has marked. This reduces the wildlife’s habitat and makes it more difficult to find food.
• Domestic dog scent disrupts the lives of gray foxes and coyotes, who also mark their territories.
• Dogs scare native birds, like quail, from their nests. This can cause the death of their young.
• It’s dangerous for our dogs to be off leash, off trail and where they aren’t allowed.
- Dogs can pick up poison oak.
- Dogs can be bitten by rattlesnakes.
- Dogs get ticks which carry Lyme and other diseases.
Dog Friendly Trails and Parks
20612 Laguna Canyon Road
A Place for Paws
Ridge Route Drive and Peralta Drive
Costa Mesa Bark Park
890 Arlington Drive
31461 Golden Lantern
San Clemente Dog Park
301 Avenida La Pata