Respect and protect wildlife and natural marine habitats

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This simple Leave Only Paw Prints guideline is one of the most significant: Please respect and protect California nature. Wildlife and habitats here are incredibly rare. In fact, many of the Golden State’s 770 native wildlife species and 6,300 plant species exist nowhere else.

With the exception of California State Parks and the National Park Service, which typically require dogs to stay on paved roads, you’ll find thousands of dog-friendly trails and beaches across California. You can help us keep them that way. Review regional expectations and rules before you roam, and check out this resource guide for more ways to travel lightly—with or without your dog.