Dogs Off-Leash Parks and Areas

The City of Boise offers a wide variety of opportunities for dogs to run and play off-leash.

  • 4 Dog Off-Leash Parks and a variety of designated foothills trails (available everyday from sunrise to sunset). Dog off-leash parks offer mulch or sand surface material.
  • 9 Dog Off-Leash Areas (available for off-leash use seasonally or during designated hours) in developed multi-use parks with green grass, restrooms and irrigation.

With all of these places for your four-legged friend to explore, it is important to remember that there are rules and regulations that need to be followed to ensure safe and clean parks for everyone to enjoy.

Off-Leash Park Locations

Restricted Areas

There are a number of parks within the City of Boise that have dog restrictions. Per Boise City Code, pets are not permitted in the following parks locations (except service animals):

  • Boise Depot/Platt Gardens
  • Esther Simplot Park (with the exception of the Greenbelt Pathway)
  • Fort Boise Military Cemetery
  • Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve
  • Marianne Williams Park (with the exception of the Greenbelt Pathway)
  • Morris Hill Cemetery
  • Pioneer Cemetery
  • Quinn's Pond
  • Veterans Pond

Off-Leash Trail Locations

All trails in the Ridge to Rivers trail system are open to dogs - however many require that dogs be on-leash. Please become familiar with which trails are controlled off-leash versus which trails require your dog to be on-leash. Also, please remember, you are responsible for cleaning up your dog's waste, whether they are on-leash or off. Mutt mitt stations are available at most trailheads.

View Off-Leash Trails

Two dogs off-leash head up a dirt trail into foothills
Dog on a dirt trail situated up hill with bright blue sky and grass along the side

Rules and Regulations for Off-Leash Dogs

As a responsible dog owner, it is up to you to follow the City of Boise's rules and regulations. The Boise Police Department, Idaho Humane Society and City of Boise Animal Compliance all have the authority to enforce the rules and regulations established by the city.

According to Boise City Code, dog owners must adhere to the following laws when visiting Boise parks with their dogs:

  • Dogs are required to be licensed
  • Dogs may not harass humans or other animals
  • Dogs must be on a leash unless in an area otherwise indicated
  • Owners are required to pick up after their pets

Additionally, there are rules and regulations that all visitors of dog off-leash parks and other areas should be aware of.

Dogs

  • You must wear a visible and current animal license. Not licensed? Your owner can get you one here.
  • If you're aggressive, you're not welcome. Period.

Owners

  • You are legally responsible for your dog's behavior and any injuries or damages he/she causes.
  • By entering the dog off-leash area, you do so at your own risk and agree to abide by all park rules.
  • Never leave the off-leash area without your dog(s), leave them unattended, or allow them out of sight. Your dog should be under voice control, meaning they are obedient and respond to your commands.
  • You are required to carry the equipment necessary to clean up after your dog. Remove and dispose of waste in bins provided.
  • Always carry a leash; leash dog(s) when entering/leaving park.

Report an Issue

You can report an animal compliance issue directly to Boise City Code Compliance by completing the form below.

Report an Issue

Additionally, you may use the contact information below to report an issue.

Animal Citation

If you have received an animal citation, you can pay your animal citation online through the iCourt Portal.

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