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Best Dog Walks in Phoenix

The Best Places to Walk Your Dog in Phoenix

Are you and your adventure hound looking for new and exciting places to explore in Phoenix? Well, then look no further. Here are our five favorite places to walk your dog, from South Mountain Park to the Paseo Trail.


In case you didn’t know, January is National Walk Your Dog Month and February 22nd is National Walking the Dog Day — so, what better way is there to celebrate than by checking out one or all of these fantastic places to walk your pooch in Phoenix?

But first, we recommend outfitting yourself in this Never Walk Alone gear from Dog is Good.

South Mountain Park This is a must-visit destination for any dog lover in Phoenix. With over 50 miles of trails to choose from, you and your furry friend will be able to find the perfect route for a hike or a leisurely stroll. The park is home to a variety of plant and animal life, and the views of the surrounding mountains are stunning. Just be sure to bring plenty of water for you and Fido, as it can get hot on the desert trails.

Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area This urban oasis is the perfect spot for a peaceful walk with your pooch. The area is home to over 200 species of birds, as well as other wildlife, and the trails wind through a variety of habitats, including wetlands and desert. Be sure to keep an eye out for wildlife.

Paseo Trail This paved trail is a great option for an easy, flat walk with your dog. The trail runs along the banks of the Phoenix Canal, providing plenty of opportunities for your dog to cool off in the water. The trail is also well-shaded, making it a good choice for hot summer days.

Dreamy Draw Recreation Area Located in north Phoenix, this park is a great place to take your dog for a walk or hike. The park has over four miles of trails, ranging from easy to challenging, and the views of the surrounding mountains are beautiful. Just be sure to bring plenty of water and watch out for cactus on the trails. Consider these dog booties to protect your dog’s paws while on the trails.

Pinnacle Peak Park This park is located in north Scottsdale and is a popular spot for dog owners. The park has a number of trails that are perfect for a leisurely walk with your dog, and the views of the surrounding mountains are breathtaking. The park is also home to a variety of plant and animal life, so keep an eye out for wildlife as you explore.

As you know, taking your dog for a walk is a great way to get some exercise and spend quality time with your furry friend. Remember to always follow the rules and regulations of the parks and trails you visit, and don’t forget to clean up after your dog. Have fun and enjoy the beautiful outdoor spaces Phoenix has to offer you and your four-legged walking buddy!

Be sure to visit the CityDog Directory for more great places to sit, stay and play with your pooch plus discover special deals and discounts from our CityDog Partners!

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Editor’s Note: CityDog participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means we may get paid commission on editorially chosen products. Rest-assured, all products are curated by our editors and we never recommend or promote anything we wouldn’t use or enjoy ourselves.


about the author

Brandie Ahlgren is founder and editor of CityDog Magazine. She, and her team of dog-loving editors, dig up the best places for you to sit, stay and play with your four-legged friends. Brandie, 12-year-old boxer Thya and Mexican foster failure Pancho, reside in West Seattle and can often be found hanging out at Westcrest Dog Park.

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