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9 Dog-Friendly Phoenix Activities Dog Owners Will Love

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9 Dog-Friendly Phoenix Activities Dog Owners Will Love

Things To Do | April 21, 2022 | SWSS Staff

If you’re traveling to Scottsdale or Phoenix, AZ, with your furry friend, you’re in luck! There are dozens of dog-friendly activities, locations and things to do with their pup across the city.

Here’s an overview of the best things to do with your dog in Greater Phoenix!

1. Hiking Trails

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There are dozens of spectacular dog-friendly trails in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and beyond, including these popular hikes:

Lost Dog Wash Trail

Located in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in Scottsdale, Arizona, this 4.4-mile loop trail has a gradual elevation gain of 515 feet, making it a moderate trail your and your dog can complete with ease.

Tom’s Thumb Trailhead

If your dog loves a challenge, Tom’s Thumb Trail in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve is sure to satisfy!

Once you reach the top of the four-mile out-and-back trail, you and your pup can sit, relax, and see the parking lot you left behind and the expansive desert ahead!

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Go John Trail

Go John Trail is located in Cave Creek Regional Park and is a 5.9-mile loop through the desert, featuring cacti, wildflowers, and beautiful scenery. Though there isn’t much elevation gain, the sheer length of this hike will be enough to challenge even the most athletic animals.

Hidden Valley via Mormon Trail

Located in South Mountain Park, the Hidden Valley Trail is a 3.6-mile loop that is moderately challenging. You and your dog can climb into unique tunnels and squeeze through the iconic “Fat Man’s Pass” to enjoy fabulous views from the top of the mountain.

Lookout Mountain Trail

This short one-mile summit offers incredible views at the top with a steady incline from start to finish. It’s not as time-consuming and crowded as many other hikes in the Phoenix area, making it an excellent workout for you and your dog.

Note: If you’re hiking with your dog in Phoenix, please bring plenty of water and hike in the mornings or evenings when it’s cooler outside.

Dog drinking water

2. Dog Parks

Dogs in a dog park

Give your pup a chance to play with other dogs, get some fresh air, and stretch out under shade trees at one of Phoenix’s popular dog parks.

Cosmo Dog Park

Located in Gibert, this park was named after the city’s first police dog. This location has a large lake where dogs can play and separate fenced areas, agility structures, water fountains, and a dog-washing station.

Steele Indian School Park

This dog park, located in Downtown Phoenix, offers two miles of enclosed areas for off-leash dogs to play, as well as drinking fountains and plenty of pathways.

Papago Park

At this popular spot, keep your dog on a leash to explore some of the diverse hiking trails or let your dog run free in the off-leash section of the park.

3. Restaurants

If you’re looking for dog-friendly restaurants in Phoenix, you’ll be pleased to discover there are many places to eat in Phoenix that have dog-friendly patios or outdoor seating where you can eat with your dog.

You can visit Postino WineCafe or CIBO Pizzeria for tasty wine and Italian-style eats, Pedal Haus Brewery or Haus Murphy’s for German-style fare, or 32 SHEA and Lola Coffee for craft coffee and brunch eats.

4. Breweries

Relax at a brewery with a dog-friendly patio for the perfect relaxing respite for you and your furry companion. O.H.S.O Brewery is a popular local spot with Phoenix, Paradise Valley, and Scottsdale locations.

Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company is another local brewery in Downtown Phoenix with a massive patio that welcomes you and your pet to relax with a beer in hand!

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5. Farmers Markets

It doesn’t get much better than shopping for fresh fruits, vegetables, and other local goods with your dog!

There are tons of farmers’ markets that welcome dogs you can visit in Scottsdale and Phoenix when the weather is nice, including the Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market, Downtown Phoenix Open Air Market, and Roadrunner Park Farmers Market.

6. Shopping

shopping with dog

If you want to walk around an outdoor shopping center that will welcome your dog, consider shopping at Biltmore Fashion Park. Many stores will let you bring well-behaved pets inside with you, and the complex features restaurants that allow pets, like Zinburger and Over Easy.

7. Baseball

Since spring training is one of Phoenix’s most popular attractions, your dog shouldn’t have to miss out on the fun! Surprise Stadium welcomes dogs for an additional cost of $5 per dog.

If you want to cheer on the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field, the stadium offers doggy seating on the PetSmart Patio during select games. You can also purchase a “Dog Days of Summer” ticket package to give your pet the chance to enjoy treats, like doggie ice cream, while you enjoy “real” food, like hot dogs, during the game.

8. Museums

Take your pup to the Pioneer Arizona Living History Museum, an outdoor museum that mimics a pioneer town in the “Wild West” from the 1800s.

You can walk around and see authentic buildings, both original and restored, like a Blacksmith Shop, Dress Shop, Schoolhouse, and more.

9. Live Music

Enjoy some music at outdoor venues, like the pet-friendly patio at The Farm at South Mountain, where you can also explore gardens, peruse the market, and eat at The Farm Kitchen. You can also enjoy live music at Tempe’s Mill Avenue every Thursday night.

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Many of our luxury rentals, like OMG and Birdie, welcome pets to stay with you. Your dog will love running around in the spacious backyard and can lounge in your comfortable “home away from home” when you’re not exploring all the dog-friendly activities Scottsdale offers. Browse our vacation rentals to find the perfect rental for your and your furry friend!

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