Ocotillo is a residential neighborhood located in southeast Yuma, Arizona. There are no businesses or services within walking distance for Ocotillo residents, however, commercial areas are within a short drive. Area residents who like to take their pups for daily walks can enjoy the quiet residential streets, the park, and the natural areas within and around the community.
Yuma does experience some weather extremes that can impact your daily walk. Yuma is the driest, sunniest, and least humid area of the USA. With little precipitation and the highest number of sunny days per year, Yuma experiences daytime temperatures of more than 90 degrees Fahrenheit! The climate can be problematic when walking your dog as desert landscaping provides little shelter from the blazing sun and hot pavement can burn your dog's paws. You can mitigate this by walking your dog earlier or later in the day when it is cooler.
The neighborhood does have a park and a natural area located within its borders. Rural and natural areas are also located on the south, west, and east borders of the district. Ocotillo does have sidewalks to keep pedestrians separated from roadways, but remember that the pavement will become uncomfortably hot on your pup's paws in the heat of the day. The area is open with many residential streets ending in cul-de-sacs. The area has few shade trees, but most residential properties favor drought-tolerant landscaping which provides little shelter from the sun.
Nearby, Fortuna Dog Play and Waterpark provides a dedicated off-leash dog park for area residents with playful pooches! Take your dog here to enjoy some off-leash free play and socialize with other pets. There is a separate area for large and small dogs with toys like tires, a pool, and sprinklers for water-loving pups to romp in. Pet owners are asked to clean up after their dogs and aggressiveness is not permitted.
Natural areas nearby provide other opportunities to walk your pooch, but watch out for venomous creatures like scorpions, snakes, and spiders. Keep your dog leashed, be vigilant in these areas, and be aware of the times of day and length of your trip to avoid overheating.