Park Entrance Address
4730 Crystal Springs Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Dog Park found at the end of North Zoo Dr next to the John Ferraro Athletic Fields
7 days a week from sunrise to sunset
Closed Tuesdays from 6am – 10am for cleaning
- Separate Fenced Off Areas for Small & Large Dogs
- Shaded Sitting Areas & Picnic Tables
- Doggy Water Fountains
- Many Nearby Attractions – L.A. Zoo, Museums, Walking / Biking / Horseback Riding Trails, Athletic Fields & More
- Quiet Park With Nice Scenery & Facilities
Griffith Park is a huge, sprawling, 4000 acre oasis of greenery with miles of walking, biking, hiking and horseback riding trails. It is also home to the Greek Theatre, Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles Zoo and the Autry National Center. There are tennis courts, soccer, baseball and rugby fields, four golf courses, a miniature train ride, and many secluded areas for picnicking and barbecuing.
What many people don’t know about, is the Griffith Park Dog Park, next to the 5 and 134 freeways, tucked in next to the Ferraro Soccer field, at the very north end of Zoo Drive. This 1.6 acre dog park, because of it’s relative obscurity, does not get a lot of outside-the-neighborhood traffic and because of the ample amount of parking, restroom facilities (there are bathrooms at the nearby soccer field as well as an on-site porta-potty), it’s a great choice to begin or end a day wandering around Griffith Park.
The dog park is divided into a large and small dog run, each of which has their requisite dog fountains and tree-shaded benches and chairs. It’s not a ‘pretty’ dog park per se, but it’s proximity to all the amenities that Griffith Park has to offer, more than makes up for it’s lack of natural beauty.Note that you may find a few professional dog-walkers with their pack, during the afternoon hours. To get into the dog park from Griffith Park, you’ll want to head to the Northeast corner of the park to the end of North Zoo Dr. You’ll see some park hours posted here that says it is closed from 10:30pm until 5:30am.
Off-Leash Runs For Large & Small Dogs
There are two separate, fenced dog runs at this park. One is for smaller dogs but can also be used for timid dogs, especially first-time visitors. Both runs offer dual gated entrances to ensure that animals already present do not escape.
The smaller run offers considerably less shade trees compared with the large run, but there are still a few in this area to provide some cover. Owners will be able to take advantage of benches or the picnic table here, although they are not shade covered.
The large dog run has much better shade cover from a very large tree at the back of the run that also has a bench under it making it a nice place to relax while your pooch grabs some exercise or interacts with others.
The picnic tables that you’ll find here are nice don’t let them deceive you into thinking that it is OK to actually have a picnic inside of the run. Food and even dog treats are strictly prohibited, but there are plenty of other picnic tables and barbeque spots throughout Griffith Park.
Just like at many other dog parks in Los Angeles, your pooch can cool down or enjoy a drink in the dog fountains in the runs. These are popular gathering spots for pets during the hot summer days in California, and you can sometimes see numerous dogs shoving their heads into the water bowl below the fountain.
Park Rules, Hours & Special Notices
There is a bulletin board at Griffith Dog Park for posting notices about lost pets and dog related services being offered like grooming, pet sitting or walking. It is fairly common to see a large group of missing animals posted here, which could easily be avoided with GPS tracking collars for pets.
You will also find the standard L.A. Department of Animal Services Rules and Regulations sign for dog parks posted here. Many pet owners may not realize that they need to have their dog legally registered with the city to be able to bring them to one of these public parks. You’ll also want to be sure to clean up after any messes they may leave behind to ensure the continued availability and enjoyment of these wonderful places.
While the general hours of Griffith Dog Park are Sunrise to Sunset, you should note that the park does shut down for maintenance during those normal hours every Tuesday from 6am until 10am, so you will not be able to visit at those times.
Other Griffith Park Attractions
If you visit here, don’t limit yourself to just visiting the dog area because there are tons of other great attractions to visit in this huge park. Next to the dog area, you’ll find the John Ferraro Athletic Fields that has a really nice playground set with a rock climbing wall and swings with nice restroom facilities.
To the south, you’ll also find the L.A. Zoo, making Griffith Park the place to be for animals! There are also museums at the Autry National Center for the American West and American Indians. Dad can even enjoy himself at Wilson Golf Course.
Biking, hiking and even horseback riding trails in the area are beautiful. You can even ride a bike trail next to the Los Angeles River right across from Dreamworks Animation Studios.
One last thing to note about Griffith Park: While there are a ton of popular attractions and other places to visit here, this park should be considered wilderness! In fact, a mountain lion was recently spotted there. It has been witnessed by a few people and is not presenting any danger, but you should still keep this in mind (there are also other wild predators in this area). For this reason, it is highly recommended that you keep your dogs on a leash if you decide to go trail walking in this park.
Dog leashes with a collar or harness is required while entering and leaving Griffith dog park. Since your pet will likely be in close proximity to other animals, you should also be sure that they are up-to-date with their prevention medication for fleas and ticks.