Even the most travel-friendly dog needs to stretch their legs from time to time (that car gets cramped)! Lucky for you we’ve rounded up a list of top dog parks in Tucson so you’ll know where to stop. Fountains, mountain views and the best mingling – we’ve got a little of everything.
Click on the parks in the map below for more info on the parks, and scroll down for Instagram photos of each park!
Top 9 Dog Parks in Tucson
- Christopher Columbus Dog Park
- Smiling Dog Ranch at George Mehl Foothills Park
- Morris K. Udall Park Dog Park
- Brandi Fenton Memorial Dog Park
- McDonald Off-Leash Park
- Gene C. Reid Park: Miko’s Corner Playground
- Jacobs Dog Park
- Flowing Wells Dog Park
- Purple Heart Park: Ivan’s Spot
1. Christopher Columbus Dog Park
4600 N Silverbell Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85745
- Lots of space for your dog to run at this off-leash park – 14,000 square feet!
- Features a “Fido fountain” and basic dog obstacle course
- Shaded areas for extra-hot days
- Friendly and responsible park regulars
- Dusty – bring a blanket for the car ride home
- Located next to an animal shelter – the barking may stress some pups out!
2. Smiling Dog Ranch at George Mehl Foothills Park
4000 East River Road
Tucson, AZ 85718
- No separate space for small dogs
- Large, multi-level layout that four-legged friends will love
- Next to local gem, Rillito River Park Trail
- Tunnels and toys for dogs, shadey trees for you!
- Clean, clean, clean
3. Morris K. Udall Park Dog Park
7290 E. Tanque Verde Road
Tucson, AZ 85710
- Two fully-fenced doggie areas, one for the big guys and one for the small
- Word is that some of the dog owners can be a little high-strung – just something to look out for
- Can be a little poopy – watch where you step!
- Close by you’ll find a fitness area, craft rooms, swimming pools, horseshoe area, and bocce court
- Desert trails nearby for pup-friendly hikes
4. Brandi Fenton Memorial Dog Park
3482 E River Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85718
- Nestled along the Rillito River Trail
- Beautiful mountain views
- Off-leash park with separate areas for small and large dogs
- Has all the essentials – water bowls, scooping accessories and plastic bag holders
- Bring your kids! Come early, popular splash pad gets packed during summer months
- Parking is limited and a bit of a hike from the park
5. McDonald Off-Leash Park
4100 N. Harrison Road
Tucson, AZ 85749
- Smaller than the other parks, but well-maintained
- Grass, shade and trees galore!
- Dog park area is not fenced in, so if you have a wanderer this may not be ideal
- Watch out if you have a breed with long hair – pesky little burrs find their way into coats
6. Gene C. Reid Park: Miko’s Corner Playground
Country Club & 22nd Street
Tucson, AZ 85716
- Named for Miko, a police dog lost in the line of duty
- Two-acre (well-lit) park with areas for small and large dogs
- Bustling with plenty of pup playmates!
- Grass – often a rare commodity at Tucson dog parks
- Plenty of parking
- Frequently toys (Frisbees, balls) are lying around for your use
7. Jacobs Dog Park
3300 N Fairview Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85705
- On the smaller side
- Hard to find – you have to go back in the neighborhoods behind the park to find the entrance
- More chances to mingle with other owners
- Plenty of trees for shade
- Better for larger breeds because there’s no little dog area and generally many big dogs hanging around
8. Flowing Wells Dog Park
5510 N Shannon Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85705
- Near the Rillito River
- Fairly new, this hidden gem is loved by locals
- Well-lit and featuring separate small and large dog areas
- The neighborhood may seem a little rough, but the park’s very well-maintained
- Pooper scoopers available (always a sign of a quality park)
- Hard to compete with incredible mountain views and sunsets
9. Purple Heart Park: Ivan’s Spot
10050 E. Rita Road
Tucson, AZ 85747
- Named and dedicated to Ivan, local police dog lost during service
- Off-leash park with small and large dog areas
- Concrete walking path that’s perfect for leash training!
- Plenty of benches to watch the frolicking unfold
- Boulders and solar lights
- Safe park for little dogs
Is your vacation so jam-packed you won’t have time to take your buddy out for a stroll? Well, we’ve got plenty of Rover walkers in Tucson just waiting to show your dog around. Hire a dog walker and give your dog the gift of seeing the sites like a local!