Dogs and their owners dig Tucson
Everything to love about Tucson—its laid-back Southwestern atmosphere, easy access to nature, distinctive regional food and entertainment—can be shared with your canine companion, too. Tucson was even rated the most dog-friendly city in America in 2018 by SmartAsset. The city's famous sunshine, fresh air and ample opportunities for camping and other outdoor adventures contributed to its top ranking. But who knew Tucson is also a leader of the pack for walk scores, dog parks, and dog-friendly restaurants and shops?
There are at least 100, at last count, Tucson hotels and resorts that welcome well-behaved dogs and some even offer special services and activities for pets. Close to 150 Visit Tucson partner businesses allow pets; they all can be found in Partner Listings on this website.
After working up an appetite at the park or on the trail, you and your polite pooch can refuel at dozens of dog-friendly patio eateries, such as Dogs-n-Dounuts dog cafe. You can also explore a variety of dog-friendly visitor attractions and shops as well as a few brewpubs and wineries. Grab the leash, water and waste bags before heading to Bookmans Entertainment Exchange, Borderlands Brewing Co., Charron Vineyards & Winery, Heirloom Farmers' Markets, The Loop, Pima Air & Space Museum, or Tucson Botanical Gardens. Just call ahead when planning your visit so you know what to expect.
Dog-friendly playgrounds—such as Miko's Corner Playground at Reid Park and Brandi Fenton Dog Park—are great resources for burning off extra energy and socializing. Because Arizona state and national parks allow leashed dogs on some but not all trails, it's important to check policies before venturing out. Be aware, dogs are off-limits in the Pusch Ridge Wilderness Area, Sabino Canyon Recreation Area, and Tucson Mountain Park.
These are just a few places that welcome travelers with their four-legged friends. For current information on dog-friendly experiences here, contact each place that interests you, or talk with a local at the Southern Arizona Heritage & Visitor Center. If you are interested in adopting be sure to check out one of our local shelters like Pima Animal Care Center or the Humane Society of Southern Arizona which have an urgent need to find loving homes for homeless animals.