A suburb of Tucson, AZ, Flowing Wells has a population of about 17,000. To enjoy this community’s many dog-friendly amenities, you’ll have to take a quick drive into the heart of Tucson. And with over forty vet clinics available within five miles of Flowing Wells, pets and their parents can romp about the desert landscape without worry.
Some of the most popular dog-friendly areas are the dog parks. Just ten minutes north of Flowing Wells lies Northwest Community Dog Park. This fully fenced, off-leash park has lots of water, benches, and tables. Ten minutes southeast, there’s the Sixth Avenue Dog Park. Open daily from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm, this park has a wash area and a double-entry gate. Near the Sixth Avenue Park, there’s also the Miko’s Corner Playground at Gene C. Reid Park. This park, named after a fallen Tucson PD service dog, is complete with lights, three double-entry gates, and a two-acre play area.
For a special treat just two miles outside of Flowing Springs, bring your pup over to Gourmet Girls Gluten Free Bakery. This cafe specializes in breakfast, brunch, sandwiches, and pastries. For a heartier dish, visit Famous Dave’s Barbecue for ribs, pork, seafood, and much more. At both restaurants, pooches are welcome on the outdoor patios.
Rillito River Park Trail is the perfect place to take a long walk in nature with your best pal by your side. All the paths are lined with trees so that you have shade to protect you from the heat of the day, at least a little bit. Be sure to bring lots of water, because there is no running water at this park. You will love the breathtaking scenery of the desert, so don’t forget to bring a camera. Since it is only ten miles from your home in Flowing Wells, you and Fido can visit as often as you would like!
Christopher Columbus Dog Park is quite literally across Highway 10 from Flowing Wells. It is an off-leash dog park that features open spaces for Fido to run and play in. There is a waste center, scrambling area, and even a watering station for you to take advantage of. There are plenty of seating areas as well as a ramada if you need to take a load off while Fido plays with his fur-iends. One of the best perks of this park is that it is well-lit at night. That means you and your pal can enjoy a game of fetch after the relentless Arizona sun goes down. Don’t forget to bring some water!
More than 5,000 acres of trails await you, just 20 minutes away from Flowing Wells! Catalina State Park is the perfect place to enjoy an afternoon getaway. There are tons of marked trails for you to explore. Not all of them are dog-friendly, depending on the time of year, because of the wildlife that calls this park home. However, if you check the board or the website, you can easily see which trails are open when you visit. You will need to keep your dog on his leash during your visit. Come take in the majestic views, and let the stresses of everyday life melt away.
Pima Air and Space Museum invites you to join your dog to learn about the 300+ spacecrafts on display. Your leashed, well-behaved pal is allowed to join you on select tours. Be sure to check the website or call ahead to find out which tours are Fido-friendly. The tours that don’t allow fur babies does have a staff member available to sit with them while you enjoy the tour. It is completely possible to spend the entire day walking through the history of the air and space program at the Pima Air and Space Museum. Don’t forget to bring a couple of treats to give Fido after the tour is over to congraulate him for being such a good boy.
If you’ve been out enjoying the city with your dog, then you are probably getting hungry. So you should bring your dog for a nice meal at Mutt. The outdoor patio is the pawfect place to share a meal and do some people-watching with your pup. This eatery imports all its beef hot dogs and sausages from Wisconsin, so you can rest assured knowing you’re eating the highest quality meat in the area. If you prefer, Mutt offers packages of meat that you can take home and grill up with some friends in your backyard. With such wonderful food and great service, it is easy to see why this is a local favorite among humans and dogs alike!