Airbnbs for a Dog-Friendly Desert Getaway

Posted by Lauren Barker

The U.S.’s four major deserts, the Mojave, Sonoran, Chihuahuan and Great Basin, are home to wide-open spaces, plentiful sunshine, epic night skies and some of the country’s most unusual plants and wildlife. But the best part of a vacation with your pup in a desert oasis just might be the tranquility that comes with it. Relax and unwind with Fido at one of these incredibly cool dog-friendly Airbnbs set amongst the dramatic backdrop of the American Southwest.

Miles of Mojave. Photo by Airbnb

Discover modern luxury in a laid-back desert sanctuary at Mesa Tavira. Located just 10 minutes from Joshua Tree National Park, this pet-friendly home in the Mojave Desert is the perfect base camp for Bark Rangers visiting the area. For people and pups who’d rather stay put, the sunroom offers unobstructed views of the desert and a walled backyard provides privacy on the property’s three acres. The home also features an in-ground container pool and hot tub, an outdoor rustic propane fire pit, Sonos speakers in every room, and a Mediterranean pergola with a cozy sitting area on the patio.

Desert Ranch

Sedona, AZ
Desert dreaming. Photo by Airbnb

Sedona is located in Arizona’s high desert, beneath the rim of the Colorado Plateau, and offers unparalleled red crock views in all directions. Book your getaway to this desert paradise and stay at a ranch house where you’ll still be close to pet-friendly attractions and restaurants in town, but far enough away to enjoy the quiet of the desert. In the evenings, make dinner in the kitchen with large windows overlooking the red rock landscape and dine outside with Fido under the gazebo while admiring the views of Bell Rock and the sunset.

The Mesa House

Boulder, UT
Bring the outside in at this Mesa House. Photo by Airbnb

Escape to the edges of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument with Fido and stay at The Mesa House in Boulder, UT. The carefully crafted home nestled in the Great Basin desert will make you feel far away from your busy lifestyle while offering all the conveniences of home. Admire views of Durffey Mesa through the floor-to-ceiling windows, grill dinner on the expansive deck with views of the slick rock landscape, and soak in the outdoor tub beneath the desert stars. Fido will be excited to know the national monument is a five-minute walk via a path through the property, and he’s welcome to explore the park’s trails, slot canyons and natural bridges on a leash.

Midnight Train

Marfa, TX
All aboard! Photo by Airbnb

Canine conductors can take the Midnight Train to Marfa for a vacation in the Chihuahuan Desert. This renovated 1948 Santa Fe Railroad train car sits on two lots and features fantastic ranch views out the windows and from the outdoor patio. If you’re up for an adventure, take Fido on an expedition to see the Marfa Lights, an unexplained desert phenomenon. But if kicking back and soaking up the desert is more your style, lounge under the starry Texas sky with Fido and light the outdoor fire like a true cowboy.

Ancient Rocks

Lone Pine, CA
Explore the desert wilderness with Fido. Photo by Airbnb

Desert dogs will be delighted to find this home nestled amidst ancient rocks where the Mojave meets the eastern escarpment of the Sierra Nevada. Just outside Death Valley National Park, this majestic rental includes over six acres of rock spires, huge boulders and stunning views. Every room has a sliding door leading outside to the wraparound deck with a fire pit, outdoor dining area and a fence to keep Fido safe. From each angle, the home boasts views of unique formations like Whale Rock, a spire that looks like a breaching whale, and Massive Rock, an 80-foot monolith. Stroll up the hill and you can sit on a boulder and look at Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the lower 48 states.

Cozy Desert Hideaway

Tucson, AZ
Fido will be snorin' in the Sonoran. Photo by Airbnb

The Sonoran Desert has the unique distinction of being the hottest desert in both the U.S. and Mexico, and it’s the only place in the world where you’ll find Saguaro cacti. Book a vacation for you and your pup at this cozy desert hideaway in Tucson and you’ll be able to admire the remarkable plants from the covered back porch lounge area or from the large picture windows inside. Fido can run leash free in the fenced backyard, or take him for a leashed walk on one of the nearby trails.

Traditional Navajo Hogan

Monument Valley, UT
An authentic Navajo experience. Photo by Airbnb

If you’re looking for a unique stay with Fido in the American Southwest, this Traditional Navajo Hogan in Monument Valley is the perfect place. Stay inside this earthen dwelling built hundreds of years ago with mud and juniper trees. The hole at the center of the roof gives guests a view of the night sky, but camp chairs are provided if you and your furry stargazer would prefer unobstructed views. While the home is primitive, it offers an elegant queen-size bed, water dispenser, electricity and a stove for cooking. Guests also have access to a shared bathhouse on the property.

Magical Ranch House

Ojo Caliente, NM
Experience the magic of the desert. Photo by Airbnb

Wake up to unbelievable desert views right outside your bedroom window at this Magical Ranch House in Ojo Caliente, part of the Chihuahuan Desert. The large picture windows let in the sunshine and show off the landscape of sagebrush and juniper. The home sits on 21 acres of land within Carson National Forest and offers an abundance of hiking opportunities for adventurers on two legs and four. However, you may never want to leave the property which includes a one-mile hiking trail, labyrinth, cedar wood patio with hammock chairs, fire pit and artificial turf with lounge chairs for viewing the night sky.

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