If you own a dog, you probably understand how difficult it can be leaving your furry friend at home while you’re on vacation. Finding pup sitters, organizing pickup and drop-off times, paying for kennels and just plain missing little Fido all add up to unwelcome stress. Fortunately, you can avoid that anxiety when you visit Scottsdale. This lively desert area has plenty of options for accommodating your precious pet.
Hit the Open Trails
The McDowell Sonoran Preserve has some glorious dog-friendly hiking paths, but the easiest one for all skill levels is the Lost Dog Wash Trailhead. It’s a short, easy and fairly smooth trail that has enough shade and resting points along the way. You’ll see striking desert wildflowers, 20-foot-tall saguaro cactuses, some wildlife and scenery that will take your breath away.
Enjoy a Day in the Park
Relaxing under Arizona’s electric-blue sky is a must for your Southwest vacation. One of the best places to unwind with your four-legged friend is Chaparral Park. The 100-acre recreational area is blanketed by emerald-green grass and decorated by desert plants, beautiful shade trees, water fountains and a gorgeous glassy lake. Inside the park is a 4-acre dog zone where your pet can roam free.
Do the Tourist Thing
Bringing a fluffy companion on vacation doesn’t mean you have to avoid the typical tourist attractions. The McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park is a popular destination for visitors, and dogs are always welcome. After you check out the railroads, club cars and museum, you and your fuzzy pal can take a selfie on the antique carousel or enjoy a picnic lunch on the grass.
Share a Meal
When you and your dog are ready to break for a delicious meal or snack, head to Old Town Tavern or The Orange Table. Both restaurants welcome animals and have lovely outdoor patio seating. For a special treat, check out Sprinkles Cupcakes or Shake Shack. You can munch on delectable baked goods or refreshing ice cream, and your pup can indulge in matching doggie treats.
Make a Splash
Animals overheat easily in the desert climate, so keeping your pooch cool is important. The best places to soak that wagging tail are open-air splash pads. Kierland Commons and Scottsdale Quarter are great options, and dogs are often a big hit with the kids. If you don’t mind taking a brief drive to Cave Creek, a fun alternative is the Partners Aquatic Center for Dogs, which has a competition-size dog training pool.
When you bring your family dog on vacation, you’ll want him or her to be as entertained and content as possible from beginning to end.
Best Western Plus Scottsdale Thunderbird Suites is pet-friendly, so booking a room with us will get you off to a positive start. Once you experience your desert adventures with a cute canine by your side, you’ll discover that a shared journey is so much more memorable and meaningful.
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