Dog Friendly Northern Arizona

Northern Arizona not only boasts magnificent scenery, there are plenty of ways you and your dog can enjoy a vacation together. Search for dog friendly hotels in these terrific Northern Arizona vacation locales: Sedona, Flagstaff, Cottonwood, Kingman, Holbrook, Payson, Williams and Winslow.

Sedona AZ features many dog friendly hikes among the Red Rocks

Northern Arizona is a big place filled with history and nature, and is home to many world-renowned travel destinations, like the Grand Canyon. Did you know that many of Northern Arizona’s attractions welcome your dog too?  Here are our top picks:

Major Monuments

Grand Canyon National Park: One of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World welcomes your pup. Leashed dogs are allowed on the many hiking trails above the rim. If you are planning on staying at one of the park’s lodging facilities, your dog may stay at an on-site kennel. 2 hours north of Flagstaff.

Montezuma’s Castle: 800 years ago, the Sinagua people built what is now the oldest apartment building you’ll ever see. Dogs on leashes 6-feet and shorter are welcome at both Montezuma’s Castle and the nearby Montezuma’s Well. Near Cottonwood.

Historic Route 66: The “Main Street Of America” first connected Chicago to Los Angeles in 1926 and runs through Northern Arizona. If you want a historic sense of adventure, check out the many dog-friendly hotels and attractions along Route 66. You and your dog can even have your picture taken “standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona,” as it says in the famous Eagles song “Take It Easy.” The Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona has more details on all there is to see. Route 66 runs across Arizona through Flagstaff, Winslow, Kingman, and other towns.

Outdoor Adventures

Snow Bowl: While it’s mainly known as Arizona’s skiing hot spot, the area boasts many pet-friendly hiking trails of varying distances and skill levels. During the fall, these trails provide excellent views of fall foliage. 7 miles north of Flagstaff.

Northern Arizona boasts many dog friendly activities for you and your dog.

Woods Canyon Lake: It’s the best representation of all the Arizona outdoors has to offer. Woods Canyon Lake has developed campgrounds, boating, fishing, hiking, and a 3-5 day backpacking trail between Woods Canyon Lake and Chevelon Canyon Lake. The surrounding forest has wildlife ranging from birds and squirrels to elk and bears. These animals are no threat to your dog. According to Bruce Leadbetter of 360 Adventures, bears and dogs are natural enemies so your dog will actually keep bears away. “I’ve had dogs chase bears off before,” Leadbetter says. West of Payson.

Petrified Forest: A forest 200 million years old turned into quartz rocks is unlike anything you’ve seen before. You and your dog are welcome to stroll through the petrified forest, which also features dinosaur fossils and 2000-year-old ruins of ancient natives. Today, it’s home to antelope, jackrabbits, lizards, and other native Southwest species. You’ll see an abundance of wildflowers if you visit between March and October. Suitable for day visits, staying in your RV, and backpacking. Near Holbrook.

Only In Arizona

Rene at Tlaquepaque: This Michelin 3-star restaurant, nestled in an artist’s community and surrounded by art galleries, has received rave reviews from Zagat, Frommer’s, and the New York Times. Zagat calls its menu a “wonderful, reliable Classic French menu with Southwestern touches.” Enjoy fine dining under the stars on their dog-friendly patio. Located in Sedona.

Bearizona: This drive-through park lets you (safely) get up close and personal with bears, sheep, goats, and wolves native to the region. Dogs are allowed in your vehicle and are welcome on-leash in the walk-through area. Located in Williams.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Spend some time exploring the vast expanse of Northern Arizona, a truly dog-friendly destination!

Author:  Sonia Charry, a lifelong Arizonan and dog owner. You can read more of her writing on the Big Dog Blog at