BringFido’s Best of New Mexico

Posted by Lauren Barker

Looking for the dog-friendliest things to do in New Mexico? Well, you've come to the right place. The editors at BringFido have dedicated themselves to digging up the most dog-friendly places to visit in The Land of Enchantment, as well as the rest of the country. In the latest edition of our book, Ruff Guide to the United States, you'll find our collection of the best places to stay and play with your dog in all 50 states. You can order a copy today for just $10.00 (a savings of 63% off the retail price) when you use the discount code BEST.

Read on to learn about some of the New Mexico attractions that rose to the top of our list this year.

Best Dog-Friendly Brewery

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Marvel at the fine selection of beer available at Marble Brewery in Albuquerque. Located downtown, their bustling outdoor patio is a warm and welcoming place to spend the evening with your pack whatever the weather outside, thanks to the heaters that fire up during winter. See how New Mexico’s best dog-friendly brewery’s most popular beer, Double White, compares to your favorites from other states. Pups can fill up on treats made using spent grain from the brewing process, then connect with local canines at nearby Rio Grande Triangle Park.

Before round two, take a break at Hotel Andaluz.

Most Dog-Friendly State Park

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If your furry Tyrannosaurus has always wanted to see prehistoric dinosaur tracks, plan a trip to Clayton Lake State Park. Stroll along 1.4 miles of trails at New Mexico’s most dog-friendly state park, including the Clayton Dinosaur Trackway, one of the best dinosaur track sites in the world. You’ll see more than 500 fossilized footprints made by at least eight different dinosaurs over 100 million years ago. Continue your adventure on dog-friendly trails that pass through rolling grasslands, volcanic rocks, and sandstone bluffs, and paddle a kayak or canoe on the 170-acre recreational reservoir.

Pets are welcome to join you at the 26 campsites at Clayton Lake State Park Campground. If you don’t feel like “ruffing” it, the Best Western Kokopelli Lodge is just a short drive away.

Most Dog-Friendly Attraction

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White Sands National Park has to be seen to be believed. Take your shoes off and walk barefoot with your best friend through the rare gypsum sand dunes of New Mexico’s most dog-friendly national park. Hike with your hound between the markers along Alkali Flat Trail, one of the biggest dunes in the park. The best time of year to stop by is during spring or fall, but summertime visitors should plan to arrive early in the morning to avoid the heat or at sunset to watch the sun fall majestically behind the dunes.

Book a place to stay at Hotel Encanto De Las Cruces. Four-legged guests can use a bed and blanket during their stay, and receive treats at check-in.

Most Dog-Friendly Campground

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Located on Route 66 near Old Town Santa Fe, Rancheros De Santa Fe Campground is known for its scenic, natural setting. Take your camp companion on a hike along a trail through pinyon pines and juniper trees, then let him run leash-free in the enclosed dog run at New Mexico’s most dog-friendly campground. If he still has energy to burn, explore Cerrillos Hills State Park or Hyde Memorial State Park before cuddling around the campfire and watching the sunset on the horizon from your tent or RV campsite. Fido might even meet the campground pups during your stay. Dogs of any size are accepted for no additional fee.

Best Dog Park

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If you’re sharing a weekend in dog-friendly Santa Fe, it’ll be hard not to spend the entire time exploring Frank S. Ortiz Dog Park, one of the largest dog parks in the country and the best dog park in New Mexico. Spanning 138 acres of New Mexico backcountry, you and your four-legged adventurer can explore miles of trails through arroyos and over sandy hills. Take a break to admire the incredible views across Santa Fe and the surrounding mountain ranges. The park is not fenced, but Fido can roam comfortably on the trails without approaching the outer perimeters.

After exploring every inch of this monster dog park, Fido will need some much needed R and R at the Inn at Vanessie. Canine guests receive treats at check-in and have easy access to all of downtown’s highlights.

Top Trail to Hike With Your Dog

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Canines keen on beautiful views will love hiking along the 2.5-milke Osha Trail in Cloudcroft. This loop trail in the Lincoln National Forest is open year-round and provides hikers on two legs and four with beautiful views of the Sacramento Mountains and the sparkling gypsum dunes of White Sands National Park. Visit New Mexico’s top trail to hike with your dog during summer to catch dazzling wildflower displays and be on the lookout for horses that share the trails with hikers.

Catch 40 winks in a 40's Cottage in nearby Old Town Alamogordo. This homely vacation rental has hardwood floors throughout and a walled backyard outside.

Best Pet-Friendly B&B

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If you’re preparing for a trip to pet-friendly North Central New Mexico, reserve a night or two in picturesque surroundings at the Inn of the Turquoise Bear in Santa Fe. Constructed in Spanish-Pueblo Revival style, some rooms at New Mexico’s best pet-friendly B&B date back to the early 1800s. The inn showers Fido with all the creature comforts, including an in-room sleeping pad, food and water dishes, delicious welcome treats, and waste bags for potty breaks. Four-legged guests are permitted to play off leash in the lush one-acre garden located on the property grounds, then take a snooze on the inn’s spacious main patio.

Inn of the Turquoise Bear permits pets of any size for an additional fee of $25 per night.

Can’t Miss Dog Event

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Be sure to pencil Albuquerque’s Doggie Dash and Dawdle into your canine’s calendar for next year. Located at Balloon Fiesta Park, this fun gathering claims to be “New Mexico's biggest party for pets and the people who love them.” Register to run the 5K course with your pooch or stroll around the field with other dog lovers on the 1-mile dawdle instead. Then, head to the Barketplace and Beer Garden to check out vendors and toast the success of a tail-wagging day.

Before you dash out of town, catch some Zs at Tru by Hilton Albuquerque North I-25. Accessible rooms are available with hardwood floors for easy cleanup.

Ready for a Road Trip?

Life’s “ruff.” Photo by Linda Segerfeldt

If our Best of New Mexico preview left your dog drooling for more, we hope you check out our book - Ruff Guide to the United States. Remember to use gift code BEST to get a copy for just $10. Happy Travels!

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