If you’re looking for sunshine and beautiful views, the capital of Arizona should be next on your vacation list. Discover Greater Phoenix, one of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States. Or adventure into the desert landscape to explore the city’s beautiful parks and lakes. Check out these pet-friendly hot spots if you don’t want to leave your four-legged best friend behind!
10. PetSmart Dog Park at Washington Park
Finding a nice off-leash dog park is a must when traveling with your pup. There’s nothing better than being able to stretch your legs after a day of traveling, and the same goes for your dog! The PetSmart Dog Park is in the east section of Washington Park and is a favorite among locals. It spreads out over 2.5 acres and offers separate areas for small and large dogs.
Occasionally the park closes after heavy rainfall to protect the turf. They may also close the park for flood irrigation, so always call or check their website before visiting.
9. Dutch Bros Coffee
Spoil your dog with a Puppucinno from Dutch Bros Coffee when you need your caffeine fix. The staff at Dutch Bros love catering to their four-legged patrons and top off the famous Puppuccino with a biscuit. Don’t worry; from the classics to cold brews, there’s plenty for the two-legged patrons to choose from too!
8. North Mountain National Trail
If beautiful views are on your agenda, along with a decent cardiovascular workout, head to the North Mountain National Trail. This 1.6-mile loop trail offers an elevation gain of 614 feet and is considered a moderate/difficult hike. This is a popular dog-friendly trail, but dogs must remain on a leash for the safety of others.
North Mountain has several other dog-friendly trails, each with spectacular views and littered with unique desert flowers.
7. North Mountain Brewing Company
Conveniently located at the base of North Mountain, this family-style restaurant and brewery make for the perfect spot to refuel after exploring the North Mountain trails. The expansive menu offers delicious meals ranging from cottage pie to sausage and pesto gnocchi. Their patio is dog friendly, so there is no need to leave your best friend behind!
6. Arizona Biltmore Waldorf Astoria
Also called The Jewel of the Desert, the Arizona Biltmore Resort offers luxury and tranquility. The resort is located at the base of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, surrounded by palm trees and picturesque mountain ranges. It’s nestled in the heart of the city while giving the allure of a desert oasis.
Dogs are welcome to relax in luxury with you. There are no pet weight limits, but there is a limit of two dogs per room. There is a pet fee, so include your dog when making your reservation.
5. Cosmo Dog Park
With temperatures reaching over 100 degrees in Phoenix, your dog will appreciate Cosmo Dog Park’s swimming pond. This park is technically located in Gilbert, AR, but it is a quick thirty-minute drive from the center of Phoenix and worth the drive. The park offers fully fenced four aces, separate areas for active and more timid dogs, and a large swimming pond with a beach. This park is a dog’s dream!
4. Desert Ridge Marketplace
It’s always fun to check out a new city’s shopping district, and the Desert Ridge Marketplace does not disappoint. This outdoor mall has over 100 stores, a splash pad, and a playground for kids. Dogs are welcome in all outdoor areas (except for the splash pad), and many stores and restaurants with outdoor dining. There are doggy potty stations located throughout the marketplace and a PetSmart so your pup can do some shopping too!
3. Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market
Support the locals by visiting the Downtown Phoenix Famers Market located at 720 N 5th Street in the downtown area. The market is open every Saturday all year round. You can check their website to see which vendors will be there and to view a map of where their booth will be located.
Leashed pets are welcomed, and a doggy bowl is refilled with fresh, cool water every hour. Keep in mind that the marketplace does not have much shade and is located on asphalt, so be sure to check the weather and don’t bring your dog if it’s going to be too hot!
2. The Farm at South Mountain
With over 100,000 visitors a year and over 200 events, The Farm at South Mountain is an international destination. Leash up your furry companion and stroll through the Pecan Grove. Visit The Farm Kitchen and discover genuine farm-to-table dining. Dogs are welcome in all outdoor areas except for The Learning Garden and Soil and Seed Garden.
1. Papago Park Trails
This scenic park is famous for several geological formations and scenic desert trails. Hole in the Rock (pictured above) is one of the most popular and unique. The trails in the park are easy in difficulty, and there are plenty of open spaces to sit and rest for water or lunch breaks. This is a very popular park, and many owners frequent it with their pets, so always keep your dog leashed, and don’t forget to bring water.