A trail for the Dogs

“Dogs are our link to paradise.
They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent.
To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon
is to be back in Eden,

where doing nothing was not boring–it was peace.”
― Milan Kundera


Everything I do from exploring new trails or my weekly mountain adventures all has a purpose; spending time with my best friend Mason – yes, a golden retriever.

I’m sure by now it is obvious that I am obsessed with my furry friend and try to include him into every blog I write. Mason and I always try to go anywhere we can together and nothing makes either of us happier than being on a wide open trail with the sun shining and a breeze blowing through our hair.

This weekend the weather was perfect, so I thought it would be a good day to get out on a trail but also include some puppy socialization and what better place to do this than the Rancho San Rafael Dog Park! To get here you take I-80 west to the Virginia St. exit, then go through a few lights and turn right on Sierra St. Follow Sierra St. and you will turn left onto San Rafael Dr. Follow this road up almost all the way to its end and you will see a big dirt field with a dirt road going through it. Take this road about 1/8th of a mile and you will see all the cars and be at the entrance to the dog park.

This dog park is by far the busiest in Reno but the more dogs only means the more fun you will have. It is very friendly, you can have your dogs off leash, there is a watering hole they can swim in southwest corner (be careful-the water is smelly!) and there is also a trail about a mile long that encircles the entire dog park.

Look at how huge this dog park is!

You can spend hours playing here with your pup! If want to explore out a little more and see the other beautiful sights of Rancho San Rafael, you can put your dog on a leash and walk them around another trail that leads to the arboretum and through the wildlife habitats and to duck ponds. (On a side note: Do not let your dog swim in these ponds…you will get in trouble!)

I have seen coyotes, red tail hawks, rabbits, squirrels and many curious animals such as the Chihuahua. (Haha!) A little over a year ago I was living in north Reno and I came to the dog park everyday with Mason. While we were jogging around the mile trail, he saw a squirrel and went after it. And although the park is enclosed with a metal chain link fence to protect the dogs from the extremely busy and fast Mccarran Loop road, Mason found a hole in the fence. Before I knew it Mason was on the road with cars going 60 MPH and I was stuck down behind the fence, totally helpless. I think Mason could sense the fear in my voice when I yelled at him because he came and stayed by the fence until I was able to dig under it and get him through to safety. Needless to say, I have only gone to the dog park twice since then, but I relax more and more each time I go.

So get out and enjoy that unspoken friendship. You will have a great time and your dog will love you for it!

Have you ever been to this dog park? What is your favorite place to explore with your pet? Leave comments below and follow me on Twitter @RachelRoen or friend me on Facebook!!

Until next time,
Happy Trails!


3 Responses to “A trail for the Dogs”

  1. 1 drew February 24, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    The dog park looks hugeeee!!! Do people usually clean up after their dogs?

    • 2 roenrachel February 24, 2013 at 4:13 PM


      There are doggie bags that people can donate located in two places in the park, and it is much appreciated when you do clean up after your dog, but a lot of people still do not.

  2. 3 TravisChristiansen February 25, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    He [dogs] don’t ever sweat to small stuff
    Cause he’s just glad to be alive

    -JB and Moonshine Band

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