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The Inside Scoop on Traveling With Pets to Phoenix

There are so many fun things to do with pets in Phoenix, Arizona it’s wonderful. There’s a lot of things to do in Phoenix period! Phoenix is known as the Valley of the Sun. Home of world class golf courses, amazing spas and resorts, Arizona State University and a city full of dog lovers that make this desert oasis one of the doggone dog friendliest cities in the nation according to AAA.  At the time the AAA did their pet friendly survey, Phoenix had 64 pet-friendly hotels, five dog parks, and 12 accredited animal clinics. Of course that’s just the “official” stuff; our intrepid dog on the scene has sniffed out many more things to do in and around Phoenix with your hound. Traveling with pets to Phoenix makes for a wonderful vacation! Here’ pertinent information you will want to know about before you go. The thing about Phoenix dog owners need to keep in mind is the heat. While the winters are mild, the summers are – well, it’s like being on the surface of the sun.

Make sure to follow Vacation Pet Friendly’s Tips for keeping your dog safe in summer if you plan to visit the Valley of the Sun in the hot summer months. One of the pawesomest things to do in Phoenix with your dog is go on one of the many fun and beautiful hikes the surrounding area has to offer.

Phoenix is a valley and the surrounding mountains are some of the most beautiful and majestic scenery in the country.  The following five hikes come highly recommended by dog owners in the Phoenix area. From Huskies to maltie-poos, Vacation Pet Friendly sought out opinions from dogs on the street in the Valley of the Sun.  One word of advice – though many trails are cactus free, this is a desert environment and bringing a comb and a pair of tweezers just in case for on the spot spine removal for both human and hound. It’s better to be safe, than sorry!

The Mohave Trail is located at Piestewa Peak/Dreamy Draw Recreation Area in Phoenix Mountains Park.  It is a 1.5 mile (one-way) hike that offers a moderate challenge to both human and hound as it has a slight climb up towards a saddle with views of Piestewa Peak and the surrounding city of Phoenix.  There are restrooms and drinking water available near the picnic area. The trail has plastic bag dispensers making picking up after Rover a no-brainer. You should bring water on the trail for both you and your dog.  There is a group of indigenous palo verde trees near the west end of the trail that offers a shady place to rest. Finally, leashes are required.  Contact: (602) 262-6862 or http://phoenix.gov/PARKS/

For the less athletically inclined amongst us (both human and canine!), try Murphy’s Bridle Path on Central Avenue between Bethany Home Road and Northern Avenue. This city park is the perfect place for busy Phoenicians to walk their dogs without having to stay too far from home.   There are historic homes with amazing gardens that line the tree lined street that this shady, flat dirt path is located. The trail is two miles one way from Bethany Home Road to Northern Avenue.  This is an excellent trail for all dogs, but is perfect for older, slower dogs and pleasantly plump pooches who wear out easily. Dog and owner can meander along at their own pace, enjoying the atmosphere of the neighborhood.

The Peralta Trail is located in the Superstition Mountains. (Doesn’t that sound fantastically mystical and creepy?) This three mile (one-way) rocky trail has an elevation change from 2,400 to 3,760 feet.

The Fremont Saddle area is a great place to rest, hang out, have lunch and view Weavers Needle – a cone shaped rock formation.  This hike is good for dogs in good shape with callused foot pads like sporting and hunting dogs. That said, locals have seen plenty of small to medium sized dogs enjoying the hike as well.  While there are restroom facilities at the trailhead, there is no water available at all so be sure to pack enough for both you and your dog.  In the spring, the trail is overflowing with wildflowers. There is not a lot of shade on this hike, so avoid it in the mid-day heat of summer and hot spring and fall days.

The admission to the Peralta Trail is $4 and there are auto-pay stations that accept credit cards.  Contact: (480) 610-3300

Thunderbird Park is located in Glendale, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix known for the football stadium and the Thunderbird School of Global Management, a prestigious graduate school.  At 59th Avenue and Pinnacle Peak lies this great park with many different hikes.  The best one for dogs is the 3 mile “amphitheater hike” which begins at the park’s amphitheater.   The trail has loops ranging from 1.4 miles to 4 miles and it offers a lot of variety for dogs and their owners.  You start at the dirt service road that wraps around the amphitheater. Heading counterclockwise around the hill the road leads into the H4 trail. On the backside is a switch back to the summit – a great detour for panoramic views of the Phoenix Valley and downtown skyline.  This rugged mountain trail is not as strenuous as its terrain suggests and it’s only not advisable for small dogs and those older and overweight dogs that would have an issue with a moderate hike as there are some mild rocky climbs to scramble up. Perfect for Labradors, not so great for Shitzus.  Covered picnic tables, toilets and drinking fountain are available. Bags available at the trailhead. Leashes are required. A local tip: the park is very busy in the mornings and the parking lots can fill quickly. Contact: (623) 930-2820.

Waterfall Canyon is a trail at White Tank Mountain Regional Park.  This is an easy two mile round trip hike that leads you to a waterfall. Remember though that this is a desert and the waterfall at times may not be much more than a trickle.  The start of the trail is barrier free and hard and smooth surfaced for about .4 of a mile.  It becomes a bit more challenging as it enters a box canyon.  Recent rain may leave pools that are impossible for your dog to resist.  Because of the box canyon portion of the hike, dogs should be in moderate conditions. Leashes are always required and at the beginning of the trailhead there are covered benches and tables as well as restroom facilities.  Admission is $5.00. Contact: (623) 935-2505. Check out our Phoenix Travel Guide exclusively for pet owners to find even more exciting things to do. As always, when it comes to pet lodgings, Vacation Pet Friendly has the largest inventory of pet friendly hotels online. So many are as happy to greet Spot as they are you! We think you’ll be so impressed  you’ll paws-itively flabbergasted at the wonder pet friendly attitude that the community has. Phoenix knows that dogs are a man’s best friend and offer many comfy places to rest your head after a long day enjoying the pawmazing hikes Phoenix has to offer. Have a great time enjoying the many fun things to do with pets in Phoenix!

Remember, booking early is essential when traveling with pets. See what’s available today so you get the best deals. Start your search for pet friendly hotels in Phoenix here. Then sit back and think of all the fun things you can do when you get there!

Posted by Amy L. on Jun 16, 2011 in Blog, no comments
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