Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in Tucson, AZ

There are 6 dog friendly hiking trails in Tucson. 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 Tucson.

Pet Friendly Rillito River Park Trail
Rillito River Park Trail The Rillito River Park, located in Tucson, Arizona, provides a serene setting for a city stroll with Fido. A paved tree-lined path and surrounding desert landscape make this area perfect for your daily constitutional with man's best friend. It's best to go early in the morning or at sunset to avoid the heat, but if you are out during the day, be sure to bring a dish so that Fido can get a drink at the water fountains located at each intersection along the trail. See Details
Pet Friendly Agua Caliente Hill Trail
Agua Caliente Hill Trail Agua Caliente Hill Trail #46 in Coronado State Park is 9.25 miles (round trip) of a relatively strenuous trail (lots of climbing). This trail is too hot for summer hiking but perfect for a winter day. The trail offers beautiful views of the city. Although Cat Track Tank at 1.6 miles sometimes has water, it's best to bring a good supply for you and your dog. See Details
Catalina State Park With over 5,500 acres of foothills, canyons, and streams, Catalina State Park has plenty of hiking, biking, and birding trails for you to enjoy with your pup. Just keep Fido on a leash at all times. See Details
Crest Trail Located in Coronado National Memorial, this difficult four mile trek is the only one within the park that allows dogs. It begins at the northeastern section of Montezuma Pass and ends at Miller Peak. Pets must be on a leash of six feet or less at all times. See Details
Sweetwater Preserve Trailhead Sweetwater Preserve Trailhead is a pet-friendly set of trails around the foothills of Tucson that are great for all levels of hikers. Although dogs are permitted on the trails, so are horses and mountain bikes which means you and Fido need to be extra careful and they must be on a leash. The trails are plentiful, allowing a lot of freedom for dogs to roam. The best time of year to check these trails out is from October until March. See Details
Saguaro National Park Leashed dogs are welcome in specific areas of Saguaro National Park. Saguaro features two districts separated by the city of Tucson. The Park's website states that "pets are allowed only on roadways, picnic areas (except Mam-A-Gah picnic area in the Tucson Mountain District-west) and paved trails (Desert Ecology Trail & Desert Discovery Trail)." Dogs are not allowed on trails, off-road or inside visitors centers. Dog owners should keep Fido on a leash no more than six feet and should watch out for cactus spines, thorny brush, snakes, open mine shafts, scorpions, and heat stroke in their pet. Visitors can check out Saguaro National Park's website for information on dog walks in each section of the park, and step by step directions to both districts. Saguaro National Park's hours vary depending on season and section, so guests should check its website before planning their outing. Passes are $15 per vehicle. See Details
Dove Mountain trails behind the Ritz Carlton There is a wonderful network of trails that wind thru the mountains behind the Ritz Carlton at Dove Mountain. The trails are accessed thru the Ritz Carlton entrance gate. Just tell the guard that you are here to hike and they'll hand you a trail map and direct you to the trail head. When I came to hike with my dog they even gave me a couple bottles of water. Where else will you be given free bottled water before your hike? The Marana website details all the trail lengths and elevations. There are also several signs at the trail head and on the trails. The trails were well marked and well kept. There are also wonderful views once you get up into the foothills. See Details
Sahuarita Lake Park Sahuarita Lake Park is a 15-acre park with grassy areas and a pathway surrounding the lake. Please note that dogs must be on a leash during their visit and cannot swim in the lake. The Park is open from sunrise to sunset. See Details