Scottsdale Dog Lovers Journey
With over 400 miles of trails, Scottsdale is a great place for dog lovers to vacation with their pets. Here are a few ideas to get your Scottsdale pet-friendly vacation started. Remember to keep an eye on your furry friend because it’s very easy to become dehydrated!
Day 1 – Pupcakes
Start your vacation out with a treat for both you and your furry friend. Pay a visit to Sprinkles for a little dessert; their cupcakes, ice cream, and cookies are just begging to be eaten. If you’re in a hurry, just pick up your dessert at the world’s first cookie/cupcake ATM! And, don’t forget to grab a few pupcakes for your dog. Each sugar-free cupcake is topped with yogurt frosting. YUM!
Sprinkles Bakery and Ice Cream Shop
4501 North Scottsdale Road
Day 2 – Morning Squeeze
Located in Old Town Scottsdale, the popular Morning Squeeze offers breakfast and brunch made with locally-sourced ingredients. Try the freshly squeezed juice! Their big outdoor patio is a Scottsdale pet-friendly one, and they have a canine menu so your pet can enjoy the meal as much as you.
Corner of Scottsdale Road and 4th Avenue
Day 3 – McDowell Sonoran Preserve
The McDowell Sonoran Preserve has over 200 miles of trails, is open from sunrise to sunset, and there are trails for all levels of fitness. Try the Lost Dog Wash Trail for a short, easy hike, or the Sunrise Trail East for a steeper, rocky trail. Your dog is welcome on any and all of the trails as long as they are kept leashed. Don’t forget to bring plenty of water for both you and your pet; there isn’t much shade on the desert trails.
McDowell Sonoran Preserve
Day 4 – Canal Trails
If you want to stay close to town, but still want to get some exercise for you and your dog, try walking along the Canal Trails, part of the Arizona Canal Path. Walk through and over the breathtaking Soleri Bridge and Plaza, designed by Paolo Soleri; it’s a pedestrian walkway, a solar calendar, and popular gathering space all in one. Your dog will need to be leashed at all times. Many of the businesses along the trail/canal welcome dogs—just ask before you head in.
Scottsdale Canal Trails
6630 East Indian School Road
Day 5 – The Pavilion at Talking Stick
When it gets too hot outside, head indoors and spend time with your leashed dog at the Pavilion at Talking Stick. You can dine and shop with or without your dog at this Scottsdale pet-friendly locale. Stop by Petco for a new doggie toy and treat before you head over to one of the many restaurants with pet-friendly seating. Scottsdale Doggie Suites is at the Pavilion, in case you need to board your pet.
The Pavilion at Talking Stick
Freeway Loop 101 and Talking Stick Way/Indian Bend Road
Day 6 – Su Vino Winery Outdoor Wine Tastings
This family-owned and -operated winery is located in the Arts District of Downtown Scottsdale. Su Vino is an award-winning winery and hosts a variety of events, including wine tastings. Their outdoor patio is perfect for wine tasting. Great wine, beautiful scenery and your dog. What could be better?
Su Vino Winery
7330 East Main Street
Day 7 – City Off-Leash Parks
Scottsdale has several off-leash dog parks, including Chaparral Park and the Vista del Camino Dog Park. Chaparral Park is the most popular dog park and includes three acres of grass, benches and water fountains. Chaparral has separate areas for passive dogs and active dogs, so you can rest easy while your dog gets enjoys their run. Vista del Camino Dog Park is a half-acre park with shade trees, benches, and a water fountain. Both parks will give your dog some space for some off-leash fun when he needs exercise.
5401 North Hayden Road
Vista del Camino Dog Park
7700 East Roosevelt Street