In addition to New Mexico, we found quite a few places that dogs and people can love and enjoy together. Our favorite area in Arizona is Sedona, but there are a few other dog-friendly activities in Arizona that are worth mentioning. Check out why Truffles (and us) love Arizona!
Catalina State Park
A pretty spot with an easy walk but not a ton of shade so plan your walks accordingly.
Saguaro National Park
Pups can ride in the car and walk one paved path—but watch out for the heat on those pawsies!
Tanque Verde Falls
This is a great hike but it’s a bit like goldilocks—avoid it when it’s too wet or too dry. Too wet and you can’t get over the boulders with your pup safely, too dry and the falls aren’t very pretty. There is a fairly steep hike down into the canyon so be aware of it when it’s time to hike back out. There’s not a lot of shade on this hike.
We weren’t wowed by Tombstone itself but it was fun that our dog was allowed to ride in the stagecoach with us and explore the streets.
Pima Air and Space Museum
I didn’t bring Truffles along since Stephen stayed home, but it is dog-friendly. A really interesting museum with a ton of cool planes you’ll likely not see anywhere else.
This is a great spot to drive up to before and see Phoenix from above.
Hole in the Rock
I rode my bike to this spot and there were several dogs making their way up to the Hole in the Rock. It’s not “can’t miss” but if you’re going to see it anyway bring your pup.
I rode my bike along the canal several times and it was a pretty place to walk your dog, but there isn’t a lot of shade so make sure it’s the right time of day.
Route from Phoenix to Sedona – Highway 17
Tuzigoot, Montezuma Well, Montezuma Castle
All three of these locations are dog-friendly so it’s a great way to see the indigenous history between Phoenix and Sedona.
Jerome had a few highlights which makes it a great lunch spot or day trip. You can visit the Gold King Mine and Ghost Town which is dog-friendly. Then rest your feet and paws at the Haunted Hamburger. The outside patio has beautiful views, the food is fantastic, and they have boozy milkshakes that are to die for!
This small town boasts a ton of different wineries and some are dog-friendly inside while others are dog-friendly outside. It’s a great street to walk up and down and experience all that Cottonwood has to offer.
Sedona is probably our favorite place in Arizona. It’s beautiful, has great hikes, and has many places that are dog-friendly.
Our favorite hike in Sedona, and maybe my favorite hike ever (Stephen loves McAfee Knob in Virginia), this is a 1.5 mile hike round trip—but it’s basically straight up. Wear shoes with grips whether hiking sandals, tennis shoes, or hiking boots. The rocks have some smoothness to them but with a good grip, you’re unlikely to slip if you take your time. There’s a narrow part that Truffles can’t climb—physically she’s too barrel-chested but her legs are short so she got stuck in the crack—so she goes in her backpack (affiliate link) for that short trip up and down but does the rest on her own feet. Don’t forget to go around to the ledge on the right for perfect pictures.
Better for hiking beginners this is a four-mile out-and-back hike. I’d recommend taking the jeep trail (many do this) as it’s shorter than through the trees as marked near the parking lot/bathrooms. It’s a little steep when you get up to the final few stairs/rocks to scramble up to where the Natural Bridge is but it’s worth it. Just help your pup up if needed—there were a good number of dogs up at the top. It’s wider on the bridge than it appears and everyone lines up and holds each other’s phones to get pictures for the person in front. A beautiful hike.
Boynton Canyon and Subway Cave
This hike was about 10 miles round trip since we got a little lost. But if you just want a decent out-and-back hike with a fun diversion this is a great trail. If you get up to Subway Cave (that used to be a secret spot) be respectful as it’s important to indigenous people. Stephen went around the ledge to see the ancestral sites at Subway Cave while Truffles and I waited for him.
Shops and Eats
There are some great shops at Tlaquepaque. Some are dog-friendly, including the pet store across the street. Grab an adorable cactus cupcake for yourself at Cream & Cake Couture. Eat at the dog-friendly, Hideaway House overlooking the beautiful rocks of Sedona and if you love chocolate he flourless torte is the way to go—it’s life-changing.
The Toasted Owl
A cute local place with a huge dog-friendly patio and cinnamon rolls that are almost as big The Toasted Owl (the one on S Mikes Pike) is a can’t-miss.
The Grand Canyon
Dogs are welcome on the Canyon Rim trail. Watch for the Elk and the giant (read: overfed) Grand Canyon squirrels.
The Petrified Forest National Park
Not necessarily a destination in itself The Petrified Forest National Park is a great place to drive through from one city to another (we tend to go from Flagstaff into New Mexico along that route). Dogs can get out and walk along the petrified tree stumps but you’ll need to switch out as dogs aren’t allowed in the visitors center (as with most National Park sites.)
We love Arizona and hope you and your dog do too! If you have any dog-friendly spots in Arizona share them in the comments below!