Activities For Dogs In New Mexico On Hot Days

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Introduction

There's a reason New Mexico is called the Land of Enchantment. Between its gorgeous mountains, vast deserts, beautiful natural colors and exceptional culture and architecture, it truly feels like you've walked into somewhere out a legend. Unfortunately, in the heart of summer, the temperature regularly rises over 90 degrees, leaving anyone unaccustomed (and even some that are) scrambling for shade, water, and air conditioning, dogs included. So what are you to do? Well, you could hunker down inside and wait for the sun to set, or you could scroll down this list and check out some ways we've come up with to enjoy the hot days both inside and out.

Get Extraterrestrial

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Hot Day
Cheap
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20 - 120 min
Items needed
Leash
Dog Bags
Activity description
While there are plenty of places you can cool off while still catching some sun, sometimes it's just too hot to be reasonably enjoyed. Instead, you can head on over to the International UFO Museum and Research Center in, you guessed it, Roswell, home of the famous UFO crash and nearby Area 51. Unlike many other museums, this one is completely dog-friendly as long as they are leashed and well-mannered and offers a prime, one-of-a-kind refuge from the sun while providing a hefty amount of unique entertainment. Oh, and did we mentioned it's absolutely dirt cheap at only $5 a ticket? How can you go wrong? Well, maybe if you don't like UFOs...
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Another Plan-it
Unless you live nearby, Roswell is not particularly close to anything. It's a far stretch from Taos, Albuquerque, and Santa Fe, so if you plan on going, your best bet is to make a day trip of it. Our first recommendation is to check out the local dog park, which shouldn't be hard to find online since there's only one (Woof Bowl) but thankfully, it does provide a fair amount of shade so it's still suitable for hot days. Start your day there to get a little exercise, then think about grabbing some food and a cold drink somewhere nearby as a reward. There are a surprising amount of dog-friendly patio spots downtown Roswell, so basic research or asking around should pretty quickly reveal where you and your pooch can go to grab an umbrella overhead and in your drink.
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Hit the museum
Once you've gotten your fill of food, drinks, and heat, head on over to the IUMRC for the relief of cool air and an easy stroll through one of the most unique and entertaining museums in this part of the country. Make sure to give your dog a bathroom break beforehand, then check in at the front desk to pay your admission and introduce your dog. Then, have fun! There is a wide variety of stuff in the museum to check out from real exhibits based on Area 51 to universal research and even a library full of materials on the subject.
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Take a Trolly with Ollie

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Hot Day
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45 - 90 min
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Sometimes escaping the sun just means getting out of it, even if only slightly. Shade, in combination with wind and water, can make all the difference in dropping the temperature around you by double digits. That's why we suggest taking a ride with the ABQ Trolley Co. They offer fully-narrated guided tours around the city aboard their awesome dog-friendly trollies, touching on history, culture, architecture, sports, and tons of other stuff. They even offer hop-on/hop-off tours so you can take some time to explore other dog-friendly spots around town. Tickets range from $15-$40 depending on which kind you choose, but the breeze and shade should help you pass through the hottest parts of the day with some entertainment to boot.
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Check out your options
There are several different tours you can take that cover a variety of topics, so poke around the website and see which one pique's your interest the most. Once you find one, it's best to call and confirm that your furry friend will be welcome and able to fit by providing your intended tour and your dog's general size and weight (more frequent tours are easier to fit dogs on compared to the high-demand tours that often sell-out).
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Trolly time
Once you find and book one that works, make sure you pack supplies that will keep you comfortable out in the heat. Include water, sunscreen, a hat for when the sun actually does shine in on you, and sunglasses, along with the supplies you'll need for your dog, namely something for them to drink out of, a leash, and dog bags. Once everything is packed, head on over and check in. If possible, get your dog settled in early so they're comfortable for the ride. Then soak up some wind, stay cool, and enjoy the tour!
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Go Grande

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Hot Day
Free
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20 - 120 min
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Activity description
The last destination is easily one of the most natural, but it's also the toughest to get to if you don't know where you're going. There are several prime spots along the Rio Grande where you can take your dog to cool off in the fresh mountain water, but you'll have to be mindful both in locating it and being good about keeping them on-leash when they're out of the water if you want to keep everything perfectly legal. Some spots have grown considerably more crowded in the last few years, but many have also seen significant development that has increased overall accessibility. While it may be tough to find at times, it is free and a great way to keep you and your dog cool and likely meet some like-minded folks in the process.
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Where the river flows
There's really only one main task outside of packing your supplies: finding the right spot. Our inside guides tell us there's a place just north of Albuquerque that's easy access and relatively popular. It's probably most easily found by looking at a digital map, so do a search for Trailhead Park. Just to the East is the river and just north of there it takes a cut around the bend - it's almost vertically parallel from the bend on Roadrunner Loop NE, where you should likely be able to find some parking (but make sure to check the signs!). There is an alley that runs on the northeastern side of the street that will lead to the Bosque Trail (which you can also search for on the map if need be) which should point you towards the trail down there. There is a boat launch right next to the spot, which should make it easier to find as well.
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Meet and greet
Once you find your way down, chances are you may run into others and their dogs as well. You should keep your dog leashed on land but they are able to be off-leash in the water, just make sure you keep an eye on them. Once you've both cooled off a bit, spark up conversation with others locals and see if there are any other spots you and your dog can go check out. We've heard there are quite a few, but they're not always easy to navigate to!
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Sweet Treats at Three Dog

For a quick escape, dip into Three Dog Bakery. They have a fantastic selection of treats for your dog including ice cream-flavored wafers plus all sorts of fun takes on human favorites and the store is kept cool for the sake of the baked goods.

Stay Inn

Just like the insane amount of dog-friendly restaurants that exist in many parts of New Mexico, there are nearly just as many hotels, some of which are surprisingly upscale. You can just as easily find something cheap, or try Airbnb as well, but being in a new place even just for the hottest parts of the day can be a great escape.

Shopping for Boots

If you want a really special gift for yourself or a loved one that will last a long time, consider stopping in at Back at the Ranch Cowboy Boots. They make custom boots with whatever kind of imagery you want, whether that's your dog's favorite spot or your favorite dog!

Conclusion

While this surely isn't a complete list of all the ways to stay cool on hot days in New Mexico, we hope we've at least given you some inspiration to get out there and find some fun and adventure. Don't be afraid to think outside of the box, as you'd be surprised how many places are dog-friendly if you just ask or do a little research and that includes inside, outside, shaded and in the wide open, just make sure you pack accordingly so you don't get fried like a chile.