Dogs are welcome in Palo Alto Open Space preserves, as long as these rules are followed:

  • All dogs must be on a leash and under physical control at all times by an able-bodied person. See Municipal Code Chapter 6.16.100.
  • Foothills Park exceptions: Dogs are permitted in Foothills Park on weekdays only. Dogs may not enter Foothills Park on weekends or city holidays. Dogs may not be left in the car or tied up outside the park. See Municipal Code Chapter 22.04.150(l). For a list of city holidays, see Municipal Code, Chapter 2.08.100.
  • Dog owners must clean up the waste left by their pets. Use a proper receptacle; do not leave by the side of the trail. See Open Space Regulation R1-30(H).

The municipal code is available at this link.

If you wish to let your dog off-leash, Mitchell Park has a dog run, as well as some parks in surrounding communities. Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve, part of Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, has a large off-leash area.

Reporting Dogs Off Leash

If you see dogs off leash, report them to the rangers. Call 650-617-3156 (Baylands Ranger Station) or 650-329-2423 for Foothills Park and Pearson Arastradero Preserve. We need this information:

  • Date
  • Time
  • Location and direction of travel
  • Description of dogs
  • Description of owners

Leaving your name and phone number would be helpful if we need clarification but is not required.

If you see the same people with their dogs off leash repeatedly, please keep reporting them to the rangers.

Last Updated: Nov 5, 2013