Dog Friendly Activities in Carefree, AZ

There are 53 dog friendly activities within 20 miles of Carefree. Use the links below to get an overview of each one, see pictures, print directions, and even read reviews from other dog owners. Coming from out of town? Get a discounted rate on pet friendly hotels in Carefree.

Pet Friendly McDowell Sonoran Preserve
McDowell Sonoran Preserve You and Fido are sure to enjoy McDowell Sonoran Preserve in Scottsdale, AZ, which provides plenty of dog-friendly activities. Popular hiking trails include Lost Dog Wash Trailhead and Kovach Family Nature Trail, each one a short half mile walk amongst towering saguaros and barrel cactuses. More adventurous hikers can explore Sunrise Trail East, a steep, rocky trail from which you can enjoy expansive views of Sunrise Peak. Please clean up after your dog and keep him on a leash at all times. Do not bring your dog when it is hot outside. See Details
Pet Friendly Thunderbird Conservation Park
Thunderbird Conservation Park Thunderbird Conservation Park, a 1,185-acre park in the Hedgpeth Hills, is a conservation park dedicated to preserving the desert environment in Glendale, AZ. Park activities include picnicking, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, jogging and bird watching. About 15 miles of multi-use trails have been constructed, thanks to the efforts of many volunteer groups. See Details
Sahuaro Ranch Park Sahuaro Ranch Park in Glendale has an off-leash dog area just north of the west parking lot and just south of the softball complex. With an area for small dogs, water fountains, waste stations and some dog agility equipment, this is a great place to bring the pooch for a doggie play day. This dog park is closed on Tuesdays. See Details
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park At the dog-friendly McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale, AZ, you and Fido are welcome to enjoy the wide grassy expanses and picnic ramadas. You'll also find a railroad museum, antique carousel, shops, playgrounds, rides, and more at this unique park. Small dogs are welcome to ride the train with you! See Details
Martin Auto Museum Need a new profile picture? Head over to the Martin Auto Museum in Phoenix, Arizona to have your photo taken with Fido sitting in a 1966 Corvette Stingray, or maybe a 1915 Model T. There are classic cars in the museum, all of which were donated from the personal collection of Mel Martin. For a five dollar donation, you can touch and sit in all of the cars (aside from two extremely valuable exceptions). For the human kids, there is also a small carousel. Small dogs are allowed in the museum, but they need to be leashed or carried. See Details
Shaw Butte Trail Hikers are welcome to take their leashed dogs on hikes up Shaw Butte. Shaw Butte is a member of the Phoenix Mountain Preserves, and lies directly north of North Mountain. A hike on Shaw Butte offers great views of North Mountain, Piestewa Peak and Lookout Mountain as well as beautiful views of downtown Phoenix. Hikers can choose from a variety of trail difficulties. Phoenix leash laws apply on all hiking trails, and pets must be leashed at all times. See Details
Desert Ridge Marketplace The Desert Ridge Marketplace in Phoenix, Arizona has something for everyone in their 1.2 million square feet of retail space. For the human kids, there is a splash pad and playground. For the furry ones, there is a PetSmart. Marketplace is host to live music every Friday and Saturday night, beginning at 7:00 PM. Dogs are welcome to the marketplace, but they must be leashed, and individual stores and restaurants have their own policies whether or not they allow dogs inside. See Details
RoadRunner Park Farmers' Market Bring Fido to RoadRunner Park's Saturday Farmers' Market to shop for locally farmed vegetables and fruit, baked goods, honey, jams and jellies, nursery stock, natural pork, beef and fish, and handcrafted items. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome. See Details
Dog Park at Desert Vista Park One of the town’s most used amenities is the Off-Leash Recreational Facility, or Dog Park at Desert Vista Park. The Dog Park is a 3-acre fenced facility that allows pet owners the opportunity to let their dogs run free. Dogs must be licensed and have proper vaccinations. The Dog Park is divided into two fenced areas, one for larger dogs and the other for smaller canines. The large / active dog area can be accessed from entrances on either Tower Drive or Desert Vista. The small / passive dog area can only be accessed from Tower Drive. See Details
Harbor Freight Tools Harbor Freight Tools is pet-friendly. Small leashed dogs are welcome to join their owners on the hunt for bargain tools and equipment. The items on offer are often cheaper than some their competitors because they cut out the middle man and sell directly to the people who need them. This branch is open Monday through Saturday from 8am to 7pm and Sunday from 9am to 6pm. See Details
Paradise Valley Dog Park This park is located at 40th Street between Bell Road and Union Hills Drive. This dog park features: 2.4 acres of grass, two ramadas, tables and benches, drinking fountains, and two separate areas for large and small dogs with double gates. See Details
Phoenix Mountain Preserve - North Mountain Leashed dogs are welcome to join humans on a hike up North Mountain. North Mountain is one of the easily accessible mountains and is a member of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. Choose a from a summit climb or an array of trails at all levels of difficulty. Hikers enjoy a great view of the downtown Phoenix skyline. Trail conditions vary from an easy paved road to the summit, to rocky, mildly steep grades. Phoenix leash laws apply on the hiking trails and pets must be kept on a leash at all times. Make sure to bring plenty of water both for yourself and for Fido. See Details
Gateway Trailhead Looking for a place to take your children- both human and canine- for a day of fun? The Gateway Trailhead in Scottsdale, Arizona has a lot of different options for hiking and education. Children can receive a passport at the trailhead and get stamps at other trails in the area to win a prize at the end. There are many different trails to choose from for all skill levels, starting with a kid-friendly 0.5 mile nature trail with educational games and signs along the way. There is plenty of parking at the trailhead, as well as restrooms and water fountains. Make sure you pack plenty of heat for yourself as well as for Fido. Dogs must be leashed at all times. See Details
Tom's Thumb Trailhead Take a hike with your dog to Tom’s Thumb in Scottsdale, Arizona. There are a variety of trails for different skill levels, but the hardest of the trails is moderate to difficult. Most hikers agree that the first mile of the trail is the most difficult, and the paths can be a bit slippery. While hiking, you may see all sorts of wildlife, but watch out for rattlesnakes! To avoid the crowds and extreme desert heat, try to get there in the early morning. The trailhead has parking and restrooms, but no water, so make sure to pack plenty of water for both you and Fido. Dogs must be leashed at all times. See Details
Dreamy Draw Recreation Area While dogs are not permitted at Piestewa Peak, leashed dogs are permitted on some of the trails within the Dreamy Draw Recreation Area including the Dreamy Draw Nature Trail. The diverse desert landscapes offers everything from fantastic views to secluded valleys. See Details
Sunrise Trail The Sunrise Peak Trail in Scottsdale, Arizona is a great trek for more experienced hikers. It is an in-and-out trail totaling in length of four miles, with a 1,100 foot elevation change. The trail is steep and rocky, and uphill almost the entire way, but when you reach the top, you can see incredible views of the McDowell Mountains and the granite formations in the area. This trail is less crowded than other nearby trails due to the difficulty. There is free parking and a water fountain at the trailhead, but no restrooms. Make sure to pack plenty of water for both yourself and for Fido. All dogs must be leashed. See Details
PETsMART Dog Park at Washington Park PETsMART Dog Park at Washington Park is one of the most popular off leash dog parks in Phoenix. At over 2.5 acres, this park is fully fenced with separate entrances and areas for small and large dogs. Watering stations, benches, and mutt mitt dispensers are also on site. Dogs should be kept on leashes until they enter the play area, and owners must pick up after their pets. After heavy rainfall, the park may be closed to allow the turf to dry. Throughout the year, the park is also closed sometimes for flood irrigation. Call for information on wet condition and flood irrigation closure updates. See Details
Deem Hills Recreation Area Deem Hills offers a variety of hiking trails for you and your dog to enjoy. Composed of Precambrian granite and Tertiary age volcanic rocks, Deem Hills is ancient history waiting to be explored. The Deem Hills Circumference Trail is 5.73 miles long and traverses the entire recreation area, providing wonderful views of the Phoenix area as well as the opportunity to view the wild and varied Arizona Upland vegetation. There are many other trails to choose from as well, providing enjoyable hikes for a variety of fitness levels. Phoenix leash laws apply on all trails, and pets must be leashed at all times. See Details
Lost Dog Wash Trailhead The Lost Dog Wash trail in Scottsdale, Arizona is a great choice for families, beginners, or more experienced hikers. There are many different options of trails for all different skill and fitness levels, so that you can pick the hike that works best for you and your dog. At the longest, the trail is just under five miles long with only a 350 foot elevation change. This hike has plenty of options that are easy enough for children, including several short educational nature trails. Trails are clearly marked and the trailhead has plenty of parking, as well as restrooms and water fountains. Make sure to bring plenty of water both for yourself and for Fido. There is no shade, so it gets very hot. Dogs must be leashed at all times. See Details
Lookout Mountain Enjoy hiking the variety of trails through the Lookout Mountain Preserve. Phoenix leash laws apply to all trails, so dogs must be leashed at all times. These mountains are smaller cousins to the more popular North Mountain area, located just to the south. Though lower in elevation than nearby summits, it provides a chance to hike to a peak and enjoy vistas without the crowds and steep elevation gains of nearby Piestewa Peak and North Mountain. See Details
Echo Mountain Off Leash Arena at Grovers Basin This lovely, fully-fenced off-leash dog park is packed with amenities, including separate areas for large and small dogs, shade trees, benches, and cool running water. Owners must pick up any pet waste immediately. Mutt mitt dog waste dispensers can be found in both the large and small dog areas. In the event of heavy rain, the park may be closed to allow the turf to dry. Call for wet condition closure updates. See Details
WestWorld of Scottsdale Whether you are looking for a large-scale event space rental or you just want to attend one of the many events that come to Scottsdale, WestWorld of Scottsdale is a great option. There are over 300,000 square feet of exhibition space, including an equestrian center and a banquet hall. Some of the major events that book the space are the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, the International Motorcycle Show, and the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. There is plenty of parking, and the parking lot is sometimes also used for additional event space. Members of the public can book the space up to one year in advance. Leashed dogs are welcome. See Details
Desert Vista Trailhead at Sonoran Preserve Spend a day hiking the Desert Vista Trails in Phoenix, Arizona with your dog. There are several trails that branch off from the trailhead, ranging in distance of anywhere from one to six miles. The trail starts in a housing subdivision, but you quickly find yourself in what seems like the middle of nowhere, giving you the comfort of being near civilization while still feeling relatively secluded. Take photos of the owls that nest along the trails here, but make sure to watch out for more dangerous desert fauna, especially rattlesnakes. Dogs must be leashed at all times. Bring plenty of water both for yourself and for Fido. See Details
Marcus Landslide Trail Take your dog to Marcus Landslide Trail to enjoy sweeping views of the Sonoran Valley on an easy hike. This is the second largest landslide in Arizona and as a result, there are incredible rock formations, many of which are marked by educational signs explaining their geological significance. The trail is just under four miles long, including an optional .7 mile loop, with only a 300 foot elevation gain. Come in spring to see the wildflowers bloom. Make sure to bring plenty of water for both yourself and for Fido, as there is no shade and no water at the trailhead. Dogs must be leashed at all times. See Details