Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in Sun Lakes, AZ

There are 11 dog friendly hiking trail within 20 miles of Sun Lakes. 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 Sun Lakes.

Pet Friendly South Mountain Park and Preserve
South Mountain Park and Preserve South Mountain Park and Preserve has over 51 miles of primary 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
Pet Friendly Papago Park
Papago Park Dogs are welcome to join you on the trails at Papago Park. Enjoy the Sonoran Desert Habitat and the sandstone buttes that set Papago Park apart from the other natural attractions in the Phoenix area. The 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
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
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
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
Mormon Trailhead at ​South Mountain Park For a moderately difficult hike, take Fido to Mormon Trailhead in Phoenix, Arizona. 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
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
Dobbins Lookout & Holbert Trail at South Mountain Park See Phoenix from above by taking your dog to Dobbins Lookout. This lookout point is at a 2,330 foot elevation above the Phoenix Valley, and is only a fifteen minute drive from downtown Phoenix. 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 reflect onto the rocks and makes them look bright red. If you are hiking, make sure to bring plenty of water for yourself and for Fido. Dogs must be leashed at all times at Dobbins Lookout. 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
Gila River War Relocation Center Gila River War Relocation Center is a 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. Located on the Gila River Indian Reservation. 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