Dog-Friendly Travel Tips - Southwest

From cabins in Oklahoma's San Bois Mountains to Arizona's "Christmas City," Bark readers know the best stomping spots for dogs in the Southwest.


We volunteered for a week at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary (Kanab, Utah) and it was one of the best vacations ever! We spent our days feeding, cleaning, walking and socializing the animals — giving them the best chance to be adopted. The people there were amazing, the setting is beautiful and the whole experience … inspiring. –Richard Everson


Our favorite hiking area is the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness (easy driving distance from Flagstaff, AZ). These are trails for hearty hikers, varying from 4 to 10 miles of moderate difficulty but the scenery is spectacular with rock formations and a wide range of flora plus a variety of springs. –Sara Lennon


Every summer my dogs and I head up to Lost Man Trail outside of Aspen for some serious hiking. We spend the day trekking above the timberline and taking in incredible views and the three lakes along the way. We head back to Aspen, one of the most dog-friendly cities anywhere, and treat ourselves to dinner and a soak in the tub. –Aaron Phillips


Whenever we’re in Austin, our family visits the Emma Long Metropolitan Park, for a walk along Turkey Creek Trail. Our favorite time is spring to take in the wildflowers in bloom. Our dogs love splashing in the creek. It’s an easy hike and we always pack a picnic. –Donna Cardinale


Decker Creek Bed & Breakfast & Biscuit is a great retreat for pets and people. It is located just outside of Austin, Texas. There are a couple of cabins for rent with lots of great outdoor space. This is a must do weekend getaway if you live in Texas! — Elizabeth Samuels


Take your dog(s) to Prescott, AZ—Everybody's Home Town.” It offers a large dog park, a dog-friendly town plaza and many beautiful lake and mountain trails. It is the home of the "World's Oldest Rodeo,” Whiskey Row, Thumb Butte and known as "Arizona's Christmas City.” It is also the home of our two dogs, Dugan (Shepherd mix) and Danica (Golden Retriever). —  Anthony Patricks


Anywhere we travel, we try to stay with Drury Inns. They have been very dog-friendly and safe & clean hotels for us along any of our adventures when traveling with my Jack Russell Terriers. They provide pet areas with clean-up materials outside and offer assistance with any clean-up needs you may have inside your room during your stay. I don't usually "name names" but this hotel chain has really been a reliable stop for us during our travels. — Lori Miller


Pup-friendly hiking and cabins at Robbers Cave State Park in Oklahoma’s San Bois Mountains. — Jo-Ann Shuma

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