Dogs Off-Leash Parks and Areas
The City of Boise offers a wide variety of opportunities for dogs to run and play off-leash.
- 7 fenced-in areas within parks and a variety of designated Ridge to Rivers trails in the Boise Foothills (open every day from sunrise to sunset). All dog off-leash parks offer grass, mulch, chat or sand as surface material.
- 11 dog off-leash areas (available for off-leash use seasonally or during designated hours) located 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. Please pay attention to posted signs and notifications at park locations.
Fenced-In Off-Leash Areas Within Parks: Together Treasure Valley Dog Island at Ann Morrison Park, Bowler Park, Mariposa Park, Military Reserve Dog Park, Molenaar Park, Morris Hill Park and Pine Grove Park.
Off-Leash Areas: Ann Morrison Park (seasonal), Castle Hills Park, Cypress Park, Manitou Park, Optimist Youth Sports Complex (seasonal), Phillippi Park, Redwood Park, Simplot Sports Complex (seasonal), Sunset Park, Williams Park and Winstead Park.
No pets allowed per city code, but service animals are welcome.
Here is a list of parks within the City of Boise that have dog restrictions due to wildlife protections or other designated uses:
- Archery Range
- Bernardine Quinn Riverside Park and Quinn's Pond
- BMX Park at Willow Lane Athletic Complex
- Boise Depot/Platt Gardens
- Charles F. McDevitt Sports Complex (March 1-October 31)
- Esther Simplot Park and Ponds (with the exception of the Greenbelt Pathway)
- Fort Boise Military Cemetery
- Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve
- J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation Bike Park
- Marianne Williams Park (with the exception of the Greenbelt Pathway)
- Morris Hill Cemetery
- Optimist Youth Sports Complex (September 1 - October 31 and March 1 - May 31)
- Pioneer Cemetery
- Simplot Sports Complex (Feb. 16- Nov. 20)
- Skate Parks
- Veterans Memorial Park Pond
- Willow Lane Athletic Complex (March 1-October 31)
All trails in the Ridge to Rivers Trail System are open to dogs. However, many require that dogs be on-leash. Please get familiar with which trails allow controlled off-leash versus which trails require your dog to be on-leash.
Also, 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 to make clean-up easy.
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 in the City of Boise.
- Dogs may not harass humans or other animals including wildlife.
- 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 areas should be aware of.
- 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.
- 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. Follow leave no trace practices.
- Always carry a leash; leash your dog(s) when entering/leaving a park.
Report an Issue
You can report an animal compliance issue directly to Boise City Code Compliance by completing the form below.
Additionally, you may use the contact information below to report an issue.
If you have received an animal citation, you can pay your animal citation online through the iCourt Portal.
Send a Message to Parks and Rec
For other after hours park related emergencies (i.e. irrigation issues, restrooms), please call (208) 489-6640.