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Dog-Friendly Travel Tips for the Southwest

Southwestern destinations for you and your pup.

by Daniela Lopez
Updated March 1, 2016
A dog walking on a trail through a forrest of white birch trees.
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There’s always something fun for you and your dog to do in the southwest. Explore trails, watch your pup delight in all the fresh smells, and visit unique eateries and the best dog parks. From cabins in Oklahoma’s San Bois Mountains to Arizona’s “Christmas City,” we know some of the best stomping spots for dogs in the southwest.

Utah

One of the best places in the southwest to visit is the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, located in Kanab, Utah. In this volunteer vacation, you’ll spend your days feeding, cleaning, walking, and playing with all the amazing animals waiting to be adopted. Beyond dogs, the shelter is home to goats, pigs, bunnies, and other animals too. If you can’t volunteer, consider taking a tour of their facilities.

Colorado

Over in Aspen, head over to the Lost Man Trail for a wonderful pet-friendly experience. This beautiful trail passes through scenic valleys and stunning lakes and is great for serious hikers. After the hike, head on back to town, and you’ll find one of the most dog-friendly cities in Colorado. Over in the ski areas, take a scenic ride with your pup on one of the dog-friendly gondolas.

Texas

In the Spring, the Turkey Creek Tail in Austin, Texas, is a doggy paradise. With wildflowers in bloom and the nearby creek, it’s the perfect place for an easy hike and a picnic. After a hike, head on over to the Little Nell dog-friendly hotel that accepts dogs of any size.

Oklahoma

For pup-friendly hiking in Oklahoma, head on over to Robbers Cave State Park. It’s 25 miles of hiking trails in the San Bois Mountains. There are 189 acres of lakes for boating and hiking, perfect for outdoor enthusiasts and their pups. For easy access to the park, stay in one of several comfortable pet-friendly cabins.

Arizona

In Prescott, Arizona, this dog-friendly town features a large dog park and numerous dog-friendly trails in forested areas for hiking. It’s also known as Arizona’s Christmas City, so it’s the perfect city to celebrate the season with your furry friend.

Historic downtown Flagstaff is another pet-friendly destination and home of Northern Arizona University. Near the NAU campus, walk the expansive grounds of Riordan Mansion State Historic Park or visit the trailhead near the Lowell Observatory. Stop for a bite to eat at the popular Diablo Burger or the Toasted Owl Café for dog-friendly patio seating.

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Daniela Lopez

Daniela Lopez is a digital media specialist and long-time contributor to The Bark.