Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in Phoenix, AZ

There are 18 dog-friendly hiking trails in Phoenix. 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 Phoenix.

Pet Friendly Papago Park
Papago Park Dogs are welcome to join you on the trails at the pet-friendly Papago Park in Phoenix. AZ. Enjoy the Sonoran Desert habitat and the sandstone buttes that set this park apart from the other natural attractions in the area. The trails are generally known to be easy treks with little elevation gain, making it the perfect place for families or beginner hikers. Pets must be leashed at all times. See Details
Pet Friendly Hole-in-the-Rock Trail at Papago Park
Hole-in-the-Rock Trail at Papago Park For a fun day trip only ten minutes from downtown Phoenix, AZ, take a hike on the pet-friendly Hole-in-the-Rock Trail at Papago Park. The hike to the rock is an easy one, suitable for dogs and families, and ends at a fantastic place for a photo opportunity. When you're finished, enjoy a picnic for the whole family by the park’s fishing lagoon. Dogs must be leashed at all times. See Details
South Mountain Park and Preserve South Mountain Park and Preserve in Phoenix, AZ, has over 51 miles of dog-friendly trails for you and your pup to explore. Not a hiker? Take the Summit Road to Dobbins Lookout for amazing valley views or to Gila Lookout for a view of the Gila River Valley. Once a month, Silent Sunday is observed, a day in which the park's main access roads are reserved for non-motorized uses, and motorized vehicles are not allowed on the roads. Phoenix leash laws apply to all hiking trails, and pets must be leashed at all times. See Details
Shaw Butte Hikers are welcome to take their leashed dogs on hikes up the pet-friendly Shaw Butte in Phoenix, AZ. Shaw Butte is a member of the Phoenix Mountain Preserves and lies directly north of North Mountain. A hike up this preserve 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
Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area Leashed dogs are welcome to join their humans at the pet-friendly Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area in Phoenix, AZ as long as they remain on the asphalt trails. Enjoy the views of the river channel, ponds, rocks, flowers, and wildlife, but take away nothing but photos. Phoenix leash laws apply throughout the habitat restoration area. See Details
Dreamy Draw Recreation Area Bring your canine friend to experience the diverse desert landscapes at the pet-friendly Dreamy Draw Recreation Area in Phoenix, AZ, offering everything from fantastic views to secluded valleys. Leashed dogs are permitted on some of the trails within the park, including the pet-friendly Dreamy Draw Nature Trail, but are not permitted at Piestewa Peak. See Details
North Mountain The pet-friendly North Mountain in Phoenix, AZ is an easily accessible mountain and is a member of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. Your pup is welcome to join you on a summit climb or a hike on an array of trails at all levels of difficulty. Hikers enjoy a great view of the downtown Phoenix skyline. 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
Wild Horse Pass Interpretive Trail Wild Horse Pass Interpretive Trail is a pet-friendly hiking spot in Phoenix, AZ. Embark on this hike that is roughly 2.5 miles with your four-legged companion, following the trail parallel to The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa's impressive recreation of the historic Gila River. Convenient parking is available behind the Ajai Spa. See Details
Tres Rios Wetlands Pet-friendly Tres Rios Wetlands in Phoenix, AZ provides approximately 480 acres of emergent wetland as a habitat for wildlife of many species while productively and naturally purifying water. Leashed dogs are welcome to join their humans on an exploration of this interesting and diverse area owned and operated by the City of Phoenix Water Services Department. You must have a permit to visit the wetlands. Permits are good for six months and can be obtained by filling out a permit request at the website below. Please note that there is no shade or water on site. See Details
Lookout Mountain Preserve Enjoy hiking the variety of trails through the pet-friendly Lookout Mountain Preserve in Phoenix, AZ. This mountain is a smaller cousin 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. Your pup is welcome to join you but must be leashed at all times. See Details
Desert Vista Trailhead at Sonoran Preserve Spend a day hiking the pet-friendly Desert Vista Trails at Sonoran Preserve in Phoenix, AZ 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
Mormon Trailhead at South Mountain Park For a moderately difficult hike, take Fido to the pet-friendly Mormon Trailhead at South Mountain Park in Phoenix, AZ. This trail forms a five-mile loop with a 1,000-foot elevation gain that boasts great views of the desert all year long. Enjoy the wildflowers and local animal life along the trail or just go for the exercise. If you want a longer outing, try out one of the trails that connect to this one and explore the area. There is ample parking right at the trailhead. Make sure to bring plenty of water for yourself as well as for Fido. See Details
Apache Wash Trail From September until May, enjoy the dog-friendly Apache Wash Trail on the north side of Phoenix, AZ. There are a number of different trails for you to choose from, ranging from easy to moderate level. You can spend time here birdwatching, enjoying the local wildflowers or simply getting exercise for you and your dog. This trail is also used by mountain bikers and horses, so keep a watchful eye out for those. Dogs must be leashed at all times while hiking, and make sure to bring lots of water for both yourself and Fido. See Details
Desert Botanical Garden You and Fido can explore the pet-friendly Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, AZ, wandering paved trails and discovering unique desert ecosystems. There are five distinct trails, some leading to sweeping mountain views and others through colorful gardens and along thriving cacti. Leashed dogs are welcome outside, but can't come in the restaurant or indoor exhibits. See Details
Dobbins Lookout & Holbert Trail See Phoenix, AZ from above by taking your dog to Dobbins Lookout. This pet-friendly lookout point is at a 2,330-foot elevation above the Phoenix Valley and is only a fifteen-minute drive from downtown. You can either drive to the top or attempt to hike the difficult three-mile Holbert Trail. Try going at sunset, when the light from the sun reflects onto the rocks and makes them look bright red. If you are hiking, make sure to bring plenty of water for yourself and Fido. Dogs must be leashed at all times. See Details
Gila River War Relocation Center Gila River War Relocation Center is a pet-friendly landmark in Phoenix, AZ. Bring Fido to this remote historic site of a Japanese internment camp operative during WWII. While not much remains, you can walk with your leashed dog around the site. It is located on the Gila River Indian Reservation. See Details
Ruth Hamilton Trail at Piestewa Peak Park Ruth Hamilton Trail at Piestewa Peak Park in Phoenix, AZ is a pet-friendly popular pathway just over 3 miles in length that intersects with the Quartz Ridge Trail. There is a nice observation bench at the intersection. The western section of this trail offers several switchbacks and is moderately rocky, but once the hiker reaches the peak the trail descends and levels out. Although short, it offers tremendous views of the downtown corridor and the northern Sonoran mountains. Wildflowers are abundant during the spring. See Details
Deem Hills Recreation Area The pet-friendly Deem Hills Recreation Area in Phoenix, AZ offers a variety of hiking trails for you and your dog to enjoy, as well as an off-leash dog park. Composed of Precambrian granite and Tertiary age volcanic rocks, this site 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 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. Pets must be leashed at all times. See Details
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 them on a leash at all times. See Details
Thunderbird Conservation Park Thunderbird Conservation Park, a 1,185-acre park in the Hedgpeth Hills, is a conservation area dedicated to preserving the desert environment in Glendale, AZ. It is pet-friendly and park activities include picnicking, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, jogging and bird watching. About 15 miles of multi-use, dog-friendly trails have been constructed, thanks to the efforts of many volunteer groups. See Details
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