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COSTA MESA, California – A favorite place for my dog, Chloe, and I to walk is in Costa Mesa, California. Canyon Park is nestled between a residential area and Talbert Nature Preserve. Canyon Park, Costa Mesa, creek, trail, hike, orange countyThe park has a playground, green lawns and a few scattered picnic tables throughout, but it is the concrete and dirt paths through the trees and across a bridge which we enjoy the most as we explore the trails.Canyon Park, Costa Mesa, creek, trail, hike, orange county, dog

Many ground squirrels scurry near parts of the dirt trails. Near the bridge is a hidden creek. Crossing the bridge and continuing on the path leads to the Talbert Nature Preserve.Canyon Park, Costa Mesa, creek, trail, hike, orange county

We walk the loop from one end of the park to the other, which comes close to 1.5 miles. More steps can be taken through the various trails especially where the park merges

Where Canyon Park merges with Talbert Nature Preserve.into Talbert Nature Preserve.

Spring is the best time to walk through this park with the flowers blooming, baby squirrels scampering and the birds chirping. Pack a picnic and enjoy the day in the park with the pup.Canyon Park, Costa Mesa, creek, trail, hike, orange county, dog

Make sure to bring water and poop bags for your dog, since there is only one poop bag dispenser at the entrance to the park and no water fountains nor does the park have public restrooms.Canyon Park, Costa Mesa, creek, trail, hike, orange county, dogs

Canyon Park is located at 970 Arbor Street in Costa Mesa. A small parking lot is located at the entrance next to the playground. Another parking lot with more spaces can be found further into the park adjacent to another big green lawn.

Canyon Park, Costa Mesa, creek, trail, hike, orange county

Where Canyon Park merges with Talbert Nature Preserve