Arizona — ghost towns, prehistoric ruins, the Grand Canyon, cacti forests, Joshua trees and petrified logs from a prehistoric forest. If you are traveling with pets, you may want to visit between October and May — the summers in Arizona are sizzling.
- Tuzigoot National Monument – Tuzigoot is an Apache phrase that’s been translated as “crooked water”. It refers to Pecks lake which is beyond the flat to the Northwest.
PETS: Due to the extreme temperatures experienced in the park, dogs are welcome on the trails at Tuzigoot National Monument. If you visit during the summer months, please do not leave your dog in your parked vehicle. Even with the windows rolled down slightly, temperatures inside a locked car can climb to over 140 degrees! All dogs must remain on a leash (no longer than 6-feet) and under control at all times. Pet owners are required to clean up after their dogs and prevent them from harming park plants and wildlife. Dogs are not allowed inside the visitor center at Tuzigoot.
- Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park – The Arboretum was founded in the 1920s by mining magnate The Arboretum was founded in the 1920s by mining magnate Col. William Boyce Thompson. In 1917 he served as co-leader of a Red Cross mercy mission to Russia, where he learned the importance of plants as the ultimate source of a large portion of mankind’s food, clothing, and shelter. It was then, that he determined to use his great wealth to improve the use of plant resources. The Arboretum is one of his legacies.
PETS: Leashed and well-behaved pets are welcome! Pets must be on a leash no longer that six-feet and under physical control of the owner. Pet owners are responsible for cleanup. Please do your part to preserve this privilege.
- Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument – Mysteries of Sonoran Desert life are slowly revealed and abundantly displayed at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. This International Biosphere Reserve, is an ecorich collection of plants and animals in a surprisingly diverse geological landscape.
PETS: Pets are welcome on the Palo Verde Trail, Campground Perimeter Trail, and all roads open to visitors, including the paved campground areas. They are not allowed on any other trails or in the wilderness and must be leashed. Temperatures can soar well above 110 degrees in the summer time, and over 90 degrees even in the winter. Just as you should drink water all day, make sure your pet has enough water to keep them well hydrated and cool. Pets should never be left alone in a vehicle. Please keep your pets on a leash for their safety and the well being of the wildlife. Even good dogs under voice control might stumble onto a wild animal without warning. Watch for cholla along any of the roads and trails. Carry tweezers to pull spines out of paws and noses. Pavement and rocks get very hot, avoid walking your pets during the hottest parts of the summer days, paws will burn. Please be a good pet-owner and clean up after your pet.
- Chiricahua National Monument – A “Wonderland of Rocks” awaits at Chiricahua National Monument. The 8-mile paved scenic drive and 17-miles of day-use hiking trails provide opportunities to discover the beauty, natural sounds, and inhabitants of this 11,985 acre site. Visit the Faraway Ranch Historic District to discover more about the people who have called this area home.
PETS – Pets are permitted at Chiricahua National Monument. Dogs must be on a leash at all times and not left alone. You may walk your dog on the lower canyon trails between the campground, visitor center, and entrance station on the Silver Spur Trail, Faraway Ranch Trail, and the campground. You may not bring your pets on any of the other park trails. This is for the safety of your dog and protection of the wildlife.
Do you know of other pet friendly places in Arizona that are off-the-beaten-path? Be sure to share them in the comments.
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