The city of El Mirage in Maricopa County, located about 30 miles northwest of Phoenix, is a place with a grand heritage and a bright future. The city has plenty of public parks and walking trails, a well-developed transportation system, and plenty of pet-friendly places which make it a nice stop on your way to the metropolis. Apart from local conveniences, you'll find two veterinary hospitals in the downtown and northern regions of the city.
If you're looking for a furrific getaway with your pooch, you'll find one in Gateway Dog Park, located in the southern part of town near Bumstead. This well-organized dog park is a perfect retreat for busy owners and active pups looking to get a breath of fresh air, socialize, play and exercise. There are plenty of canine companions to play with here, especially on the weekends!
If El Mirage’s dog park isn't exciting enough for you, head into Surprise, Arizona, approximately 10 minutes away from El Mirage. This city is home to Veramonte Park, which, apart from the public area, has a special spot for pooches to play and have fun off-leash. There's plenty of shade in the park, as well as water spigots to keep you comfortable on those notoriously hot Arizona days.
The city of Surprise, nestled between Sun City West and Bumstead, is full of surprises. (See what we did there?) The downtown area is home to City Hall and City Court, neighboring with Surprise Community Park on the lake. The dog park here is a great place for every dog and owner to play! It features two separate sections for shy and active pooches, as well as numerous shaded spots, benches and water drinking facilities. Your boisterous buddy is more than welcome to chase a few new friends here. Be sure to bring some waste bags to keep this park clean for everyone!
Sahuaro Ranch is one of the neighborhoods in Glendale featuring quiet residential quarters. It's also adjacent to the extensive area of Saguaro Ranch Park, which includes the main community park, Glendale Xeriscape Garden, and a dog park. The public park has a special parking lot for visitors of the dog park, which is a fenced, off-leash area with plenty of room to run and enjoy a play date with some new fur-iends! You will find a special area for small dogs here, as well as benches, plenty of shade, drinking water fountains and even agility equipment for your pup’s enjoyment!
West Union Hills Drive runs through a number of northern neighborhoods in Glendale, eventually leading to Foothills Community Park nestled on the banks of Skunk Creek. Surrounded by natural beauty and set next to the water, the community park also offers a great spot for dog owners to exercise with their mutts and make new friends with the locals pups and their parents. Foothills Dog Park is a well-maintained place for pooches with two separate, grassy sections for small and large breeds, loads of shade, benches, and water spigots as well as an agility course in the east side of the park.
When you get tired of the densely populated and busy neighborhoods of Glendale, feel free to find a retreat at Thunderbird Conservation Park, conveniently set between the Mountain Peak Estates, Monarch Point, and Adobe Dam neighborhoods in Hedgpeth Hills. This park has a load of outdoor activities to enjoy with your pooch, including fishing and picnicking! The place features more than 1,100 acres of open space, colorful and diverse nature preserves, and about 15 miles of multi-use trails perfectly suitable for hiking or jogging with your leashed pooch! Bring water and waste bags with you to keep this area as beautiful as you found it.