The second largest city in Arizona, Tucson lies deep in the Sonoran desert, and the stunning scenery that surrounds the city isn’t about to let you forget that. With the Santa Catalina Mountains looming in the distance and the Saguaro National Park only a stone’s throw away, Tucson is a haven for outdoorsy-types. But it’s not just nature that they’ve got here. There’s a thriving food scene here too. In fact, in 2015, UNESCO designated Tucson as a ‘City of Gastronomy’ – the first American city to earn that title. To this day, it’s still one of only two US cities to receive this honour (the other being San Antonio in Texas).
The city also has a strong college presence, being home to the 45,000 students that attend the University of Arizona. Tucson was recently voted the second most dog-friendly city in America thanks to it’s whopping 182 pet stores and 253 dog-friendly restaurants. So, whatever you enjoy doing, you’ll find plenty to do with your dog in Tucson, Arizona.
This dog bakery is owned by avid dog-lover Christa Parsons. Following a health scare with her own dog she decided to venture into making healthy treats that weren’t packed with additives and preservatives. And so Dogs-n-Donuts was born. Serving up freshly baked donuts, cookies and other treats, this is a great spot to treat your four-legged friend. Christa can whip up a custom birthday cake for your pooch and they even have dog-friendly beer so they can really celebrate in style.
This 3.7km loop takes you alongside staggering mountain views before dropping down to a creek bed that requires crossing several times. It’ll take you around an hour to walk this well-marked desert trail, spotting various cacti and plants as you go. The entrance fee is $7 per vehicle, or $3 on foot or bicycle. Dogs can be off-leash in certain areas of this trail but watch out for wildlife. Scorpions and snakes can be found here – it is the desert after all!
Located right next to the zoo, this fully enclosed off-leash dog park lets your pup run free. The two-acre site is divided into separate areas for larger and smaller dogs. There are water fountains available to keep your pooch hydrated. There is also a sheltered seating area for humans to rest. Open from 7am-10pm daily.
Located in a 100-year old warehouse in the historic arts district, this brewery offers a slice of time gone by alongside a nice, cold beer. Dogs are welcome to join you inside and outside on the patio. In fact, this place is so dog-friendly that they even have Waggin’ Wednesdays. This is where they’ll give you half off your first beer if you bring your dog! Alongside the freshly brewed beer, they also serve tacos and hot dogs.
So whatever you enjoy, you’ll find plenty to do with your dog in Tucson, Arizona.
Fri Oct 28 2022