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Animal Friendly Travel in Placer County

Traveling with a Pet? Ride a Horse? Placer County offers many animal Friendly Locations & Outdoor Activities!

From the flowing rivers, magnificent mountain peaks, lush green meadows filled with wild flowers, to trails with views that take your breath away you will never run out of activities to do with your four legged pals- dogs or horses. For the serious equestrians there is the annual rugged endurance mountain trail race, “Tevis Cup”, exciting for both participants and spectators and there are quiet equestrian trails through out the National Forests.

As you wind your way up Highway 80 from Roseville to Tahoe City, there are many pet friendly parks offering manicured lawns, playgrounds (for the two legged kids) picnic tables, a cool sip of water and lots of room to stretch your legs and exercise your pet. Several of the parks even allow dogs off the leash.

The diversity of Placer County is what sets this area apart from most of California. In Tahoe National Forest with 600 miles of hiking trails you can even take in a few miles of cross-country skiing on groomed roads and Nordic trails together. The 30,000-acre Auburn State Recreation Area is located along 30 miles of the North and Middle Forks of the American River offers activities abound for the two and four legged hikers. For information regarding the horse trails check the Auburn State Recreation Area website. 

Listed here are a few sources where you can find information about animal issues. Additionally check the websites of our national, state and local parks where you might plan to take your animals. Almost all trails are marked at the trailhead as to whether or not animals are allowed. Almost all of them, except Dog Parks, require that dogs be on a leash and under the owner's control. Many trails are multiple use---hikers, dogs and horses. It is imperative that owners of all animals be respectful of each other when on these trails.

For those desiring to go camping with horses in the High Sierras along the Western States Trail there are several developed equestrian campsites at Robinson Flat near Duncan Peak. For more information contact Tahoe National Forest - American River Ranger District, Foresthill Ranger Station, 22830 Foresthill Road, Foresthill. 530 367-2224.

Whether you are coming for the day, a weekend or a week, you will never run out of things to do with your animals in Placer County and there are plenty of pet friendly places to stay - from campgrounds to cozy cottages or motels.

Dog Parks


Ashley Dog Park
Ashford Park
1601 Auburn Ravine Road
Auburn, CA
530 885-8461


Auburn Ravine Dog Park
1300 Green Ravine Drive
Lincoln, CA
916 434-2450


Rruff Dog Park
Johnson-Springview Park
5480 Fifth Street
Rocklin, CA
916 435-0196


Bear Dog Park
1575 Pleasant Grove Road
Roseville, CA
916 774-5748

Hughes Dog Park
1600 Parkside Way
Roseville, CA
916 774-5748

Marco Dog Park
1800 Sierra Gardens Drive
Roseville, CA
916 774-5748

Saugstad Dog Run
100 Buljan Drive
Roseville, CA
916 774-5748

Tahoe City:

Tahoe City Dog Park
211 Grove Street at Highway 28
Tahoe City, CA
530 583-3440

Horse Information:

If you are traveling through Placer County with horses you may contact either Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn or the Placer County Fairgrounds in Roseville to make arrangements to stable your horse overnight.

Riding Stables

Boarding on the Lake
9095 Auburn Folsom Road
Granite Bay, CA
916 397-0510
Offers trail rides, lessons, boarding and horse camps.

Knicker Knob Stables
9069 Pioneer Lane
Loomis, CA
916 778-8651
Offers trail rides and lessons.

Tammy McDonald Training at Willow Lake Ranch
1255 Monument Place
Newcastle, CA
916 645-2228
Offers trail rides, English and Western Style riding lessons, horse camps and birthday parties.

Tahoe-Donner Equestrian Center
15275 Alder Creek Road
Truckee, CA
530 587-0470
Offers trail rides, pony rides, horse boarding, riding lessons, tack shop, Horsemanship Camps and BBQ Rides.

Alpine Meadows Stables
355 Alpine Meadows Road
Tahoe City, CA
530 583-3905
Offers pony rides, guided trail rides and pack charters.