Dog-friendly Gilroy


Your dogs may not care much for garlic, but they'll love a getaway to Gilroy, California! The "Garlic Capital of the World" features outstanding restaurants, wineries, craft breweries, outlet shopping, and plenty of outdoor adventures for you and your four-legged friends.
With pet-friendly accommodations, mild weather, and a central location close to many of Northern California's most popular attractions, Gilroy is a great place for a getaway any time of year!

Plan your great Gilroy getaway at And when you arrive, be sure to stop by the California Welcome Center Gilroy for helpful maps, brochures, and tips to make the most out of your visit.

Go Take a Hike
Gilroy is the perfect place to explore and enjoy the outdoors. You'll find dog-friendly trails at nearby Coyote Lake Harvey Bear Ranch and Mt. Madonna and along the Uvas Creek Levee.

Fun for All Along the Wine Trail
You'll find plenty of dog-friendly tasting rooms along the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail. Be sure to stop by Kirigin Cellars, which features acres of grassy fields and often hosts AKC-sanctioned events.
Gilroy is centrally located about 30 miles south of San Jose, with easy freeway access to Silicon Valley, the San Francisco Bay Area, Central Coast, and Central Valley.
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Go take a hike: dog-friendly trails and parks in Gilroy, CA

Levee Trail. Photo by Visit Gilroy.
Levee Trail. Photo by Visit Gilroy.

Looking for some fun outdoor adventures you can share with your dog? Plan a getaway to Gilroy, California and find plenty of dog-friendly parks and hiking trails to explore. You will also find some nice camping options in the area. more »

Eat, drink and be hairy: dog-friendly restaurants and wineries in Gilroy, CA

Fernwood Cellars. Photo by Visit Gilroy.
Fernwood Cellars. Photo by Visit Gilroy.

Gilroy is fortunate to have many dog-friendly restaurants and wineries. No need to leave your dog behind to enjoy a tasty meal away from home—you can just wine and dine al fresco. Since Gilroy has a mild Mediterranean climate, you can enjoy a great Gilroy getaway with your pets any time of year. more »

Sit and stay: dog-friendly hotels and RV parks in Gilroy, CA

Best Western Plus loves dogs. Photo by Visit Gilroy.
Best Western Plus loves dogs. Photo by Visit Gilroy.

Whether you are planning to bring your dog along on a west coast road trip or a quick weekend getaway, you will find plenty of dog-friendly places to stay overnight in Gilroy, California. And you’ll also find lots of fun for your four-legged friends while you’re here! more »

Fall is prime wine time

Wine time with the pup
Wine time with the pup

Visiting dog-friendly California wineries is a favorite DogTrekker activity. Even during the second year of the pandemic, summer saw crowded tasting rooms, packed patios and sold-out tours and special events.

Find tips and insights on dog-friendly wine areas ripe for visiting:

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Hiding in plain sight: the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail

Santa Clara Valley wine trail
Santa Clara Valley wine trail

The city of Gilroy is part of the historic Santa Clara Valley, one of California’s oldest wine growing regions and home to more than 35 family-owned wineries and tasting rooms, many of them dog-friendly. Even though some of Gilroy’s wineries have been around since the turn of the century, the region is still one of California’s best-kept secrets when it comes to wine tasting! more »

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Best Dog-friendly Hiking Near Gilroy

Coyote Lake Harvey Bear Ranch 8.1 Miles

Mt. Madonna Park 11.8 Miles

Uvas Canyon County Park 18.3 Miles

Byrne-Milliron Forest 22.6 Miles

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