The Dog Lover's Guide To Julian, CA

Updated: Feb 2

A large percentage of visitors to Julian bring their dogs with them. There aren't many places that allow dogs up here. Many dog lovers have to resort to leaving their dogs in the car for a given period of time. In the spring and summer, it is especially dangerous to walk your dog around on the hot side walks/asphalt roads and leave them in hot cars. I recommend leaving them at home. For those who have to bring their furry friends with them, it's important to plan ahead. I've put together this guide to help you plan ahead. Enjoy!

Service Animals

First off, for anyone who needs a refresher, according to the American With Disabilities Act (ADA) "Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities." It is important to keep in mind that "The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA." For more information on service dogs please refer to the ADA Requirements: Service Dogs.

Places to Play and Walk

Jess Martin Park

Jess Martin Park located on the edge of the Julian Historical District on your way to Lake Cuyamaca, is a great place to walk your dog. Dogs are allowed to run off their lease in the designated no leash area from August 1st to January 1st.

The San Diego County Open Space Preserve East & West and the Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve allow you to walk your dog on a leash.


The Julian Station

Julian Station in Wynola is super dog friendly! Pop into Julian Hard Cider to grab yourself a nice glass of one of their famous hard cider flavors and they will give your furry friend a treat too. Dogs are allowed everywhere except in the dining area. No need to worry, if you’d like to enjoy Mr. Manitas Fruteria has wonderful food, you can enjoy it on their large, dog-friendly patio. There’s water out there too.

P.S. You can find Mountain Made candles here.

The Barn Vintage Market Place

The Barn Vintage Market Place is dog-friendly inside and out.

Wynola Junction Antiques

Tracy at Wynola Junction Antiques welcomes your furry friends...just as long as they don't eat the cat food.

Oakwood Creek

Oakwood Creek was once an old dairy house for the local dairy farmer. Today, Miss Emma, the cat, runs the house. She is often spotted relaxing on her chair as she is bathed in customer affection. Sometimes you can also find Rose Bud, Fisher, and Fanny hanging around. If they're not there don't worry, they have left dog treats with Sherry at the counter.


Wynola Pizza

Wynola Pizza has a large, dog-friendly outdoor patio. They even provide water bowls for dogs.

Jeremy's On The Hill

Jeremy's On The Hill loves seeing you and your dogs. They have a large covered patio for you to enjoy their outstanding cuisines. Jeremy and his family love dogs so much they even provide fresh dog treats made on the farm.