The 9 Best Dog Parks, Off-Leash Areas, and Dog-Friendly Public Parks in Tucson, AZ

Ready to get outside with your fur baby? Check out the top dog parks in Tucson, AZ, for some fun in the sun with your furry best friend!


Is everyone ready for a little sunshine and fresh air? I know I am! Tucson is known for its amazing sunny, warm weather and plentiful outdoor spaces. But do you know just how many dog-friendly outdoor spaces there are in this city? Whether it's sandy, rocky, or grassy… There are more than enough dog parks, off-leash areas, and dog-friendly public parks to keep you and your favorite furball entertained all year round.

Some dog parks just offer your typical fenced-in space. But others will have canine agility equipment, water features for your dog to splash and play in, or even separate fenced-in sections for small and large dogs to run around in their own safe spaces. You can also find water stations, waste stations, picnic tables, benches, and so much more! Check out all of the parks below for this season's best tour of Tucson.

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But if you're ready for a little fun in the sun with your best friend, let's check out all of the best dog parks in town.

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The 9 Best Dog Parks, Off-Leash Areas, and Dog-Friendly Public Parks in Tucson, AZ:


  1. Brandi Fenton Memorial Dog Park
  2. Christopher Columbus Dog Park
  3. Flowing Wells Dog Park
  4. Gene C. Reid Park: Miko's Corner Playground Dog Park
  5. Jacobs Dog Park
  6. McDonald Off-Leash Park
  7. Palo Verde Dog Park
  8. Purple Heart Park: Ivan's Spot
  9. Smiling Dog Ranch at George Mehl Foothills Park

Brandi Fenton Memorial Dog Park — 3482 E River Rd., Tucson, AZ 85718

Brandi Fenton Memorial Dog Park is located right next to the Rillito River Trail and offers your pup a large, fully fenced-in space to run around off-leash. There are plenty of walking trails at Brandi Fenton Memorial Park that you can also walk your pup on-leash. When visiting this park, you'll get some amazing mountain views, plus separate sections for small and large dogs. There are also water stations and waste stations.

And the park at large provides picnic tables, playgrounds, basketball courts, restrooms, drinking fountains, soccer fields, and so much more! There's even an equestrian area, exercise stations, and horseshoe pits.

Christopher Columbus Dog Park — 4600 N Silverbell Rd., Tucson, AZ 85745

Christopher Columbus Dog Park is a fully fenced-in, off-leash dog park with plenty of room for your pup to run around with all of the other crazy canines. In fact, this dog park has 1 acre of open space for dogs.

There is plenty of shade for hot, sunny days. And there's even a "fido fountain" where pups can splash, swim, and play to stay cool. Christopher Columbus Dog Park also provides canine agility equipment, separate sections for small and large dogs, a water station, and a waste station.

And the park at large offers the rest of your family a playground, picnic tables, restrooms, grills, drinking fountains for the humans, sports fields, benches, bike racks, and even access to the Silverbell Lake for boating and fishing.

Flowing Wells Dog Park — 5510 N Shannon Rd., Tucson, AZ 85705

Flowing Wells Dog Park is also near the Rillito River with fully fenced-in sections for small and large dogs to play off-leash separately. This park is always well-lit, and it provides water stations and waste stations. You'll also see the gorgeous mountain views here. And the larger Flowing Wells Park offers basketball courts, sports fields, playgrounds, picnic areas with grills, volleyball courts, walking paths, horseshoe pits, and water fountains for the humans.

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Gene C. Reid Park: Miko's Corner Playground Dog Park — Country Club & 22nd Street, Tucson, AZ 85716

Gene C. Reid Park: Miko's Corner Playground Dog Park is "named after Miko, a TPD police dog that lost its life in the line of duty." This dog park is 2-acres of green spaces with two separate sections for small and large dogs. It also provides water stations, picnic tables, and benches. And the park at large has walking paths and a peaceful pond in the middle.

Jacobs Dog Park — 3300 N Fairview Ave., Tucson, AZ 85705

Jacobs Dog Park is a small off-leash space for dogs to run and play at Jacobs Park. This dog park is open from dawn to dusk, but it's closed on Thursdays from 9 am-1 pm for maintenance. Although that can be frustrating, it means that someone is maintaining it on a regular basis!

"Jacobs Park is named for Robert Jacobs, a junior high teacher in the Amphitheater School District, who died in a tragic airplane accident near Coolidge, Arizona, on May 6, 1971." And the rest of the park provides multiple sports fields, a swimming pool, and a YMCA.

McDonald Off-Leash Park — 4100 N. Harrison Road, Tucson, AZ 85749

McDonald Off-Leash Park is a small park, but it's always well-maintained. There are tons of shade trees, and plenty of green grass that your dog will love. Keep in mind that the off-leash area at this park is not fenced-in. So even though your dog is allowed to run free, make sure your dog is a good listener and always comes when called. The rest of the park also offers sports fields, basketball courts, restrooms, picnic pavilions, playgrounds, a volleyball court, and walking paths.

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Palo Verde Dog Park — 425 S Mann Ave, Tucson, AZ 85710

Palo Verde Dog Park is open daily from 6:00 am to 10:30 pm. This fully fenced-in dog park is 38,000 square feet in size, with decomposed granite as the ground covering. There are separate sections for small and large dogs, a double-entry gate, water stations, waste stations, and picnic tables The area is always well-lit.

Purple Heart Park: Ivan's Spot — 10050 E. Rita Road, Tucson, AZ 85747

Purple Heart Park: Ivan's Spot is "named after Ivan, a TPD police dog lost in the line of duty." This dog park is 1-acre, has two separate sections for small and large dogs, and even has a paved walking path. You will also find water stations, waste stations, trees, bushes, benches, boulders, solar lighting, and decomposed granite for the ground covering.

Smiling Dog Ranch at George Mehl Foothills Park — 4000 East River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718

Smiling Dog Ranch at George Mehl Foothills Park is a fully fenced-in dog park with one open space for dogs of all sizes to play off-leash together. This park offers plenty of sandy space for dogs to run out all of their extra energy. And it provides a double gate entry, water stations, waste stations, benches for the humans, and shade trees for all to enjoy on those hot, sunny Arizona days.

Tucson Dog Parks and Off-Leash Areas

With this many beautiful dog parks, it's no wonder Tucson loves its doggy citizens. Every park has so much to offer. And you'll never get bored if you spend your time visiting each one with your favorite furry best friend. And don't forget… This list is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to dog parks and off-leash areas in Tucson, AZ.

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