Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in Arizona

If your dog likes to ruff it, bring Fido hiking in Arizona. Our dog friendly hiking section includes everything from easy one-hour walks to fantastic overnight trips in Arizona that won’t be soon forgotten. Seriously, go take a hike!

Pet Friendly Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon National Park Pets are permitted in Grand Canyon National Park. Pets must remain on a leash at all times. Pets are allowed on trails above the rim, Mather Campground, Desert View Campground, Trailer Village and throughout the developed areas. Pets are not permitted below the rim, in park lodging (hotel rooms), or on park buses. On the North Rim pets are not allowed other than the bridle path that connects the lodge with the North Kaibab Trail. A kennel is available at the South Rim only. It is open daily from 7:30am - 5pm. Call (928) 638-0534 for information. Reservations are suggested. See Details
Pet Friendly Slide Rock State Park
Slide Rock State Park Slide Rock State Park, located just outside of Sedona, AZ, is a 43-acre park in Oak Creek Canyon. This site gets its name after the slippery rocks that form a slick natural water chute. Visitors have been coming to this park to swim and catch a tan for generations. Leashed dogs are welcome in the park, but are not permitted near the creek and swimming areas. Admission is $10 to $30 per vehicle. See Details
Rillito River Park The Rillito River Park, located in Tucson, AZ, 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
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
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
Roy P. Drachman Agua Caliente Regional Park Roy P. Drachman Agua Caliente Regional Park is a unique 101-acre park that features a perennial warm spring and pond that is home to an exceptionally rich mix of plants and animals. Stroll the network of accessible paved and gravel trails with interpretive signs that explain the geology and history of the warm spring and the natural and human history of the site or picnic in the shade of mature palm trees and native mesquite trees. See Details
Catalina State Park Catalina State Park sits at the base of the majestic Santa Catalina Mountains. 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. Park entrance fees start at $7 per vehicle. 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
Kendrick Park Watchable Wildlife Trail Dogs are allowed on-leash on the beautiful hiking trails of this wildlife park, located approximately 20 miles north of Flagstaff. You may experience the presence of a wide variety of bird, insect and animal life on this unique trail. There are two trails located at this site. A short loop is paved to allow wheelchair access. A longer loop is 4 feet wide with native surface and is located on flat terrain-- it is an easy hike. Both trails provide an educational interpretive experience. 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. 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
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
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
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
McDowell Sonoran Preserve You and Fido are sure to enjoy McDowell Sonoran Preserve, which provides plenty pet-friendly activities. There are plenty of hiking trails for you and your pup to explore including Lost Dog Wash trailhead for short, easy hikes or Sunrise Trail East, a steep, rocky trail from which you can enjoy expansive views of Sunrise Peak. Just remember to 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
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
Coconino National Forest The Coconino National Forest allows dogs in most areas of the forest, as long as they are on a 6-foot leash. Please visit the websites for more information about the locations where dogs are not allowed. Notable areas included in Coconino, Lake Mary Picnic Area, Lava River Cave, and Red Mountain Trail. See Details
Crest Trail #103 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
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
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
Dead Horse Ranch State Park You and your pup can explore more than 420 acres of the developed portion of Dead Horse Ranch State Park while enjoying hiking, canoeing, picnicking, fishing, and more. Dogs must be on a leash at all times. See Details
Route 66 Trail The Route 66 Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Flagstaff! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Route 66 Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
White Tank Mountain Regional Park Leashed pets are welcome at this stunningly beautiful public park. Take the hike out to a waterfall in the middle of the desert. Nearly 30,000 acres makes this the largest regional park in Maricopa County. Most of the park is made up of the rugged and beautiful White Tank Mountains on the Valleys west side. See Details
Dove Mountain More than 50 miles of hiking and biking trails wind through Dove Mountain and the surrounding Preserve ranging in elevation from 2,800 feet all the way up to 4,300 feet. While you could spend weeks discovering the wonders of the Sonoran Desert and never cover the same ground twice, returning to an old favorite never loses its thrill. The trails were well marked and well kept. Dogs must remain leashed at all times. See Details