Fort McDowell is small community in Maricopa County, located 23 miles northeast of Phoenix. It is a great spot to take your pup if you are looking to get off the grid a little and explore some of Arizona’s unique landscape.
For an adventurous day out of town, pack your lunch and head to Phon D Sutton Recreation Area in the south of Fort McDowell. Set on the Salt River, this place is a favorite for hiking and swimming. Your pet will love getting out and about here, but keep him on the lead to make sure both him and the local wildlife stay safe. There are several other recreation sites in this area, such as the Saguro Del Norte Recreation Site, the Blue Point Picnic Area and the Butcher Jones Recreation Site.
A little north is the Four Peaks Wilderness Area, where there are numerous trails and 4WD tracks to explore. Be prepared if venturing out here; bring water and a drinking bowl for your pup, food and sunsmart clothing as it can get quite hot.
If you are looking for somewhere to stay with your pet in Fort McDowell, head to We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center. This place welcomes pets of any size for a small additional nightly fee. The Eagle View RV Resort also allows pets, as long as they are kept on a leash when outside your vehicle. For added furry fun, there is even a pet park on site!
Whatever adventure you choose, you and your dog are sure to enjoy your time in Fort McDowell!