Where to Walk the Dog in Phoenix Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona has many places to walk the dog, including two attractions and five parks. The two attractions include Deer Valley Rock Art Center at 3711 West Deer Valley, and Pioneer Living history Village at 3901 West Pioneer Road. Always remember to cleanup after the dogs when using the facilities.


A self-guided trail at Deer Valley Rock Art Center leads to 600 boulders containing 1500 petroglyphs called the Hedgpath Hills archeological site. This trail also passes Arizona State University and encompasses 47 acres.

Pioneer Living History Village is a replica of an 18th century village complete with cowboys, Victorian ladies and interpreters dressed in costumes. The village entertains guests with daily shootouts at 11:30 in the morning. Best time to visit is Mid-September through May when the blazing summer heat does not dehydrate the dogs.

Five Parks

North Mountain Park on 7th Street has many trails rated easy to moderate. Hikers consider this trail a moderate trail. The mountain has a height of 2400 feet and is a popular place. It starts at the Mariposa picnic area off 7th Street. Please leash the dog.

Papago Park, at Van Buren Street and Galvin Parkway, is a 1200 acre park with easy trails and a natural landscape suitable for many activities. Use caution so the dog does not get injured or block other visitors. This Park has a zoo, botanical garden and other attractions. Check with the specific venue before bringing the dog. Not all will allow the dog to accompany you.

Piestewa Peak/Dreamy Draw Area at Squaw Peak Drive allows leashed dogs on all trails except those going to the summit. The 3 ¾ mile Freedom Trail takes hikers to the spectacular views of the peak and surrounding area. This is the second highest peak in Arizona. No water is available along the trail. The trail to the summit deceives the most ambitious hiker.

Reach 11 Recreation Area on Cave Creek Road has nearly eighteen miles of trails. The flat, easy trails make the walking fun. It runs along the Central Arizona Project canal.

South Mountain Park/Preserve at 10919 South Central Avenue has undeveloped desert trails. They allow dogs in the visitor center. This park has over 51 trails open to horses and dog walkers. The Park stays open until 11 at night.

Phoenix is a great place to walk the dog. If the owner wants to just exercise the dog and not participate much, the city also has six off-leash parks with separate fenced areas for large and small dogs. These parks give the owner a break while the dogs run and play with other dogs.