Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in Scottsdale, AZ

There are 9 dog friendly hiking trails in Scottsdale. 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 Scottsdale.

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 Tom's Thumb Trailhead
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
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
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
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
Arizona Canal Path Leashed dogs are welcome to join their humans along the Arizona Canal Trail. Some of the businesses along this paved trail from Scottsdale to Peoria also welcome dogs. 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
Brown's Ranch Trailhead For over 176 miles of mapped, identified, and maintained trails, stop at the Brown's Ranch Trailhead in Scottsdale, Arizona. From here, you can choose trails for any skill level and access destinations such as Granite Mountain, Cholla Mountain, Brown's Mountain, and Cathedral Rock. At the trailhead, there is a large parking lot with bathrooms and water, as well as interactive exhibits about the history of the Preserve. While you’re hiking, keep an eye out for local wildlife, as well as mountain bikers and horseback riders. Dogs must be leashed at all times. Make sure to bring plenty of water for both yourself and for Fido. See Details
McDowell Mountain Regional Park McDowell Mountain Regional Park offers over 40-miles of hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding trails. Park Trails range in length from 0.5-miles to 15.3-miles and range in difficulty from easy to strenuous. Those looking for an easy hike should try the North Trail at 3.1-miles. Those looking for a good workout for themselves or their dogs should try the Pemberton at 15.3-miles. All trails are multi-use unless otherwise designated. Be sure to bring plenty of water for both you and Fido. See Details
Papago Park Dogs are welcome to join you on the trails at Papago Park in Phoenix. Enjoy the Sonoran Desert Habitat and the sandstone buttes that set Papago Park apart from the other natural attractions in the Phoenix area. The dog-friendly trails in Papago Park are generally known to be easy treks with little elevation gain making it the perfect place for families or beginner hikers. Phoenix leash laws apply to all trails in Papago Park, and pets must be leashed at all times. See Details
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
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, South Mountain Park offers Silent Sunday, 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 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
Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area Leashed dogs are welcome to join their humans at the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area as long as they remain on the asphalt trails. Rio Salado is a habitat restoration project. 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, and pets must remain on a leash at all times. See Details
Hole in the Rock at Papago Park For a fun day trip only ten minutes from downtown Phoenix, go to Hole in the Rock 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. Take a hike to Hole in the Rock with your dog and then enjoy a picnic for the whole family by the park’s fishing lagoon. Dogs must be leashed at all times. 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
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
Desert Breeze Park Leashed dogs are welcome to join their humans on the walking trail around the lake at Desert Breeze Park. Interpretive trail markers identify plants while area wildlife can be seen throughout the park. The park also includes a playground, ball fields, picnic areas, tennis courts, a splash pad, and restrooms. Dogs must be leashed at all times throughout the park. 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
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
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
Apache Wash Trailhead at Sonoran Preserve From September until May, enjoy the dog-friendly Apache Wash Trails on the north side of Phoenix, Arizona. There are a number of different trails for you to choose from, ranging from easy to moderate level. The trailhead provides maps of the trails so that you can choose the best one for your skill level and needs. 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
Hayden Butte Preserve Leashed dogs are welcome to explore Hayden Butte Preserve with their humans. At this 25-acre park, you and Fido will enjoy the beauty of desert vegetation, rocky outcrops, wildlife, and historical sites. Hikers must stay on trails at all times and dogs must be leashed at all times to protect this fragile natural space. See Details
Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch is pet-friendly. Bring your leashed pooch along to this natural space for a hike on one of the winding loop trails. The pathways give you the opportunity to witness animals in their natural habitat. Keep dogs on a maximum of a six foot leash at all times to ensure they don't approach wildlife. Don't forget to clean up any mess left behind to preserve the cleanliness of the area. See Details