Hike the Apache Wash Trail
1600 E Sonoran Desert Dr.
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Fairly flat (the elevation gain is a mere 155 feet) and suitable for beginners, Apache Wash Trail in Phoenix Sonoran Preserve is something you and Fido should give a go, literally. On average, it takes an hour and a half to cover nearly 4 miles of the out-and-back length of this trail.
Apart from other hikers and their respective canines, you will probably encounter bird watchers, horsemen, and cyclists. The best time of the year to hit the trail is from May to September. Keep in mind that your dog should be leashed and bring along enough water.
A canine workout at Esteban Dog Park
3345 E Roeser Rd.
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Since Phoenix has a hot desert climate, every park within city limits is essentially an oasis for local residents. One such location is Esteban Dog Park which is open daily from 5:30 AM to 11 in the evening. The park features separate areas for large and small dogs, plenty of seating, and there is water available on-premises.
Spanning some 2.4 acres of grass, the dog park is vast, which is something pet owners like, as they can see their canines at all times. Moreover, there is a fence around the park, as well as a double gate at the entrance, so not even a German Spitz can escape unnoticed.
Visit Bookmans Entertainment Exchange
8034 N 19th Ave.
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Did you know that well-behaved and leashed dogs are welcome at Bookmans Entertainment Exchange? Arizona’s largest used books sellers began operation back in 1976 when Bob Oldfather bought his father’s old bookstore for a single dollar.
Nowadays, you can buy everything from CDs to video games at Bookmans. The venue is perfect for people who love vintage stuff as much as they love their dog. The Phoenix store organizes events frequently, ranging from poetry slams to a tarot study group.
Shop at Biltmore Fashion Park
2502 E Camelback Rd.
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In operation since 1963, Biltmore Fashion Park is today an upscale shopping mall in the eponymous area of Phoenix. With plenty of grassy surfaces and water bowls in front of most stores and boutiques, the mall is inviting for pets and their shopaholic owners. Another perk of Biltmore Fashion Park is that it sits well within the service area of mobile veterinary services in Phoenix. Once you know Fido is safe, you can turn your attention to luxury brands (e.g. The Clotherie or Ralph Lauren) or outdoor restaurants (e.g. Obon Bisutoro).
Chill out at The Barking Bodega
1490 E Weber Dr., Tempe
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Speaking of restaurants, you definitely need to visit The Barking Bodega, “Arizona’s only dog park bar & restaurant.” A short drive to the east from downtown Phoenix sits this dog park-cum-cafe.
They offer two acres of fresh green grass that is divided into respective areas for small and large breeds. There is also a café where you can savor locally sourced wines and beer, or just have an espresso.
Here you can try local dishes from a seasonal menu comprised out of farm-to-table food. The weekend brunch is particularly popular. Finally, there is a third dog park reserved for private bookings.
Buy local produce at Roadrunner Park Farmers’ Market
3502 E Cactus Rd.
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Usually taking place on Saturday, Roadrunner Park Farmers’ Market is an eclectic place where you can buy locally-farmed fruit and vegetables, baked goods, organic pork, jams, jellies, honey, fish, handcrafted artwork, nursery items, etc.
Situated near Paradise Valley, the market is open every Saturday from 7 AM to 11 AM from June to September (or from 8 AM to 1 PM October through May). Leashed dogs on their best behavior are always welcome and you are bound to find fellow canine lovers among the vendors.
Travel through time in Pioneer Living History Museum
3901 W Pioneer Rd.
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Spread across 90 acres west of I-17 (near Anthem). Pioneer Living History Museum takes its visitors on a journey through time, back to the 1800s. Apart from historically-accurate reproductions, there are authentic buildings on the site, brought to life by costumed interpreters.
As long as your dog is on a leash, it is welcome to join you on a tour through this open-air museum. Since the compound is located in a desert, just be alert for venous snakes. Pioneer Arizona is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and the admission price for adults is $10.
Take a ride on the Valley Metro
101 N 1st Ave #1400
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Did you know your pet can ride on Valley Metro? Officially, only service animals and therapy pets can come on board but as long as the animal is inside an enclosed pet carrier, Fido will have no trouble boarding public transport in Phoenix.
Valley Metro serves the greater Phoenix metro area, which means you can use it to explore nearly all of the destinations from our list. Founded in 1993, the company operates bus and light rail lines that nearly 220k people ride on every day.
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You can take your canine friend to a dog park, such as Esteban Park, go hiking in the hills surrounding the city, go shopping at Biltmore Fashion Park, visit a dog-friendly restaurant, such as The Barking Bodega, ride the bus, explore local goods at a farmers’ market, etc.
Yes. Despite its hot desert climate, Phoenix has a lot of dog parks with patches of green and is ranked third in the United States when it comes to most animal shelters per capita.
No, only service animals (trained and vaccinated) are allowed inside Phoenix Zoo. Even then, the animal must be leashed and on its best behavior (e.g. no barking).
The period between May to August is most dangerous for canines in Phoenix in terms of heat. That’s why most trails close to canines after the air temperature exceeds 100 °F.