From the scenic shores of Lake Tahoe to the desert beauty of Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada boasts a variety of great vacation spots perfect for you and your canine best friend. Choose from Nevada vacation rentals situated near the shore to enjoy easy access to the beach. Many of these canine-friendly beaches and water parks are in proximity to dog-friendly eateries and hiking trails, so you can always look forward to something exciting every morning.

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1. Nevada Beach

This sandy, dog-friendly beach offers plenty of space for your dog to run free and enjoy some time in the water. Located on Lake Tahoe in the Toiyabe National Forest, the beach is accessible from the forest’s Lam Watah Trail. Please keep your dog on-leash until you reach the beach, and be sure to keep your pet outside of the swimming area set off by buoys. Owners are responsible for making sure dogs don’t upset wildlife or wildlife habitats during their time at the beach, as well as for cleaning up after pets. Wading is allowed, but swimming by humans is only permitted in the pet-free area. Your dog can enjoy this beach year round, but some parking areas and amenities are closed during the off-season from November to April. Book a vacation rental in nearby Zephyr Cove for a week or a weekend for a pet-friendly vacation at the lake. During your stay, be sure to take a hike to Vikingsholm Castle to see a replica of an ancient Norse fortress, and grab some grub at On The Rocks or Casey’s American Cantina, both with the pet-friendly patio seating.

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2. Sparks Marina Dog Park

If your best buddy loves to fetch in the water, Sparks Marina Dog Park on Sparks Marina Park Lake offers a wide swath of calm water for retrieving. Benches are available for tired owners, and a fence helps keep your dog contained while he plays. After your play session, take the path around the lake to enjoy the scenery, but be sure to keep your dog’s leash on when he is outside of the fenced-in area. Book a vacation rental in Sparks, and spend more time exploring. Hike the trails of Humboldt National Forest together to explore the vastness of the desert landscape. Some trails are labeled for off-leash hiking, giving your dog the freedom he craves. Both Sparks Marina Dog Park and Humboldt National Forest are open to you and your dog year round, and the park area is lit at night, making it a great choice for winter evenings. Be sure to carry plenty of water when hiking in the desert for both you and your best buddy.

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3. Carson River Park

Carson River Park offers 40 acres where well-behaved dogs are allowed off-leash at all times. Swimming is not allowed, but your pooch may play in the river to his heart’s content, year round. Enjoy side-by-side hikes on the rustic trails, and stop for refreshments at one of the provided picnic areas. Carson River Park also has grills and restrooms for your convenience. Book a vacation rental in Carson City to maximize your time exploring the park together. While in town, be sure to take a stroll along the Carson City Trail, a repurposed railway line with open desert views. The Fuji Dog Park at Carson City Fairgrounds is another fun place to exercise your dog, with agility equipment and water on site.

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4. Bark Park

If your pooch just can’t get enough of the water, consider a vacation in Henderson. Bark Park has five full acres for your pet to explore off leash, including a water recreation area with pool, splash pad, fountains, and more. Test your dog on the agility course, and stroll together along the winding walking trail. With fun dog-bone themed benches and a large dog-shaped playground for your kids plus large grassy fields and big shade trees, this park is a great place for the whole family. There are also bathrooms, water fountains, and pet waste stations for your convenience. The park is open year-round with bright lights for evening use.

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5. Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Explore the beautiful Southwest, and give your dog plenty of time to play in the water with a visit to Lake Mead National Recreation Area. This national treasure allows dogs on all park trails and in the lakefront area. When walking your pet on park trails, a 6-foot or shorter leash is required to protect you pet from snakes and other wildlife. Be sure to keep plenty of water on hand to keep yourself and your pet hydrated in the dry desert climate, and never leave your dog alone where he might be vulnerable to mountain lions or coyotes. Most trails in the park are rocky, but sandy beaches are available for water play. The Historic Railroad Trail has plenty of shade to make it a perfect choice for hot, sunny days, and the River Mountains Loop Trail features 31 miles of paved trail, perfect if your dog has sensitive paws. For a longer vacation, consider a vacation home in Boulder City to put you close to everything Lake Mead has to offer.

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