New River is a picturesque town just north of Phoenix, Arizona. Named after a seasonal wash in the Agua Fria River system, this small town is full of history as well as stunning views of the Sonoran Desert. Back in the 1800’s, New River was home to the Wrangler Roost Stage Coach Stop. Although a resort now stands in its place, there are still ruins that show what life was like in the Old West.
Whether you and your furry friend live in New River full time or are just passing through, you can take advantage of the local pet friendly hikes. Your pup will love the views of such natural beauties as cactus gardens, desert wildflowers, and a variety of birds and wildlife. New River sits on the western border of Tonto National Forest. Fur-tunately, dogs are allowed on some trails, so be sure to check out this area.
While in this outdoor haven, keep your pup’s well-being and comfort in mind. Though the town only boasts one veterinary clinic, be sure to mind the Arizona heat to keep your pup from overheating. Wherever you take your canine companion, be sure to bring plenty of water and, if possible, take some breaks in the shade. Keep your pup on the trail to avoid natural hazards like cactus and rattlesnakes. And just remember- if the ground is too hot to touch, it’s too hot for your pup’s paws.
Visit Barbara’s Pet Park and experience New River’s only dog park. This pawsome spot offers space for pups to run off leash. Arizona weather is often heat, but the park helps pup beat the heat with shade structures and water fountains. There are even benches for owners to relax on while the dogs romp about. A membership is required for entry to this puptastic area. Need more outdoor adventure? Pack up your pup and head over to Lake Pleasant. Although dogs must be leashed while visiting, Lake Pleasant Regional Park offers trails ranging from a half to two miles that pups are sure to enjoy. Be sure to bring enough water to keep cool and hydrated. Lake Pleasant is also a pup-ular fishing spot. Whether you try casting a line from the shore or on a boat, your fur baby will happily cheer you on.
If your furry friend is itching for an outdoor adventure, grab some water and snacks and head over to Sonoran Phoenix Preserve. This natural space is located in Phoenix and is only 15 miles south of New River. Trails range from just under a half a mile all the way up to 5.6 miles. Be sure to choose one that fits your dog’s abilities and stamina. Keep your leashed pup on the trail since you’ll be traveling through cactus country. A hurt paw is sure to dampen his spirits. You’ll also need to bring plenty of water since there is no H2O available at the trailhead.
The Deem Hills Recreation Area is 20 miles south of New River in Phoenix and is well worth the trip. Your pooch won’t want to miss a walk through this magnificent desert landscape. Keep your eyes open for snakes, lizards, birds and, of course, cactus. There are trails for all levels, but the Circumference Trail is a pupperific option if you’ve got a furry friend with a lot of energy. This trail runs 5.7 miles and circles the entire recreation area. Be sure to bring enough water to keep you and your furry friend hydrated. No doubt your pup will be ready to nap in the car on the way home.