Dog Parks & Off-Leash Areas

Rancho San Rafael Regional Park - Multi Use Pasture

Located on the west side of Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, this large multi-use pasture is the only area of the park where dogs are permitted to run off-leash. Please be aware, however, that the off-leash area at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park is a multi-use pasture. The pasture is part of Rancho San Rafael's history and is still managed as a working pasture. It is flood irrigated April through October and has the potential for mud and uneven footing. The combination of fencing surrounding the pasture was appropriate for providing boundaries for livestock, but will not prevent pets from leaving the area. Due to the busy nature of the park and the surrounding roadways, it is the responsibility of the pet owner to stay within the boundaries of the off-leash area and to keep their pets under control at all times. 

Link Piazzo Dog Park

The Link Piazzo Dog Park at Hidden Valley Regional Park will close Monday, April 29, 2024 while parks staff perform annual turf maintenance. The small dog park will reopen Saturday, May 4th and the large dog park will reopen on Saturday, May 25, 2024. 

Located within Hidden Valley Regional Park (4740 Parkway Drive, off Pembroke Drive), the Link Piazzo Dog Park offers two separately fenced areas: one for large dogs, and one just for small dogs 30 pounds and under. There is also a double gated entrance so dogs cannot easily escape, water fountains, park benches, shade structures, waste receptacles, and a restroom facility nearby.


Off-Leash Dog Areas

After a one-year pilot program (Nov. 2021 - Nov. 2022), the Washoe County Open Space and Regional Parks Commission voted to continue to utilize certain athletic fields for off-leash dog use during certain non-team times. 



November thru February
8:00am - Sunset, everyday

March thru October
8:00am - 1:00pm, Monday thru Friday ONLY



  • Pet handlers are legally responsible for the behavior of their dogs and any injuries or damages caused by any action of their dogs.
  • All dogs must be physically leashed upon entering and exiting the dog park.
  • Electronic collars and voice control are not considered leashes.
  • Pet handlers are required by law (WC Chapter 55) to clean up after their dogs, waste receptacles are provided.
  • All dogs must have current licenses and vaccination tags.
  • Aggressive dogs are not permitted - handlers must remove their dog upon the first sign of aggression.
  • Professional dog trainers may not use the facility to conduct their business.
  • Dogs shall not dig or disturb park resources. Handlers must repair the damage and should not return if this is a common practice for their dog.
  • Limit of three dogs per handler.
  • Dogs younger than 4 months are not permitted.
  • Dogs that are ill, injured, or in heat are not permitted.
  • Be cautious of dog toys; some dogs don't like to share.
  • Children age 12 and under need to be supervised at all times.

For any animal related issues or concerns, please contact Animal Control Dispatch at (775) 322-3647.


Other off-leash options (not managed by Washoe County) include:

  • Virginia Lake Park Dog Park, 1980 Lakeside Dr., Reno, NV 89503

  • Whitaker Park Dog Park, 550 University Terrace, Reno, NV 89503

  • Biggest Little Dog Park, 151 West Commercial Row, Reno, NV 89501

  • Sparks Marina Park Dog Park, 300 Howard Dr., Sparks, NV 89436

  • Cyan Park Dog Park, 2121 Long Meadow Dr, Reno, NV 89521 (Newly Opened!)