Enjoying the Park with Your Best Friends
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area has many scenic spots and open spaces for you and your dog to enjoy together. Whether you share a tranquil creekside stroll or a jog along the beach, always be aware of your surroundings and considerate of others. It takes a cooperative effort to make the park safe and comfortable for everyone.
When you bring your dog to the park, please remember:
To take plenty of water and food, for you and for your dog
To clean up after your dog
To never leave your pet unattended
To keep your dog on a leash and under control
Why Should Your Dog Be on a Leash?
For the Safety of Your Dog
Your dog can become trapped or injured while running, digging or jumping. Your dog could get bitten by a rattlesnake or even another dog. Your dog can be exposed to ticks, poison oak or other plants that have thorns or burrs. With a leash, your pet will be less likely to encounter these dangers.
For the Safety of Wildlife
Animals may be flushed out of nesting sites or burrows by your dog. A dog’s quick dig can destroy a wild animal’s home.
For the Safety of People
Some people, particularly children, are afraid of dogs– even friendly ones.
It’s the Law
Federal, state and county laws* require dogs to be on a leash. Please be aware that leashes, even retractable ones, must be six feet or less in length.
Areas That Allow Dogs on Leash
Leashes, even retractable ones, must be 6 ft. or less in length. In order to protect natural and cultural resources, pets are required to stay on trails, roads and developed areas (campgrounds and parking lots). Dogs are not allowed in buildings (except aid dogs) and where posted.
National Park Service
Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy
City of Malibu
Charmlee Natural Area
California State Parks
Pets are not allowed on backcountry trails of Topanga, Malibu Creek, Leo Carrillo and Point Mugu State Parks.
Last updated: June 18, 2017