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Dog Areas in Fort Mcdowell, AZ

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4 Trails

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!

Best Dog Neighborhoods in Fort Mcdowell, AZ

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    Population Density 1,254/sq mi

    #1 North El Pueblo Blvd/E Grande Blvd

    Right next to Fort McDowell is Fountain Hills, where you will find the Dog Park at Desert Vista Park. This three-acre off-leash park is the perfect place for your pup to run off some energy, with two fenced areas, one for big dogs and one for the smaller breeds, as well as seating and shade for you. There is water available, but bring Fido’s bowl to drink from. Close by is Fountain Park, with a popular trail circling the lake. There is also the Lake Overlook Trail branching out from here, which winds north through the suburbs and offers spectacular views of the lake, fountain and nearby hills. Keep your pup on a lead while walking these trails, bring your water, and always clean up after your pet.
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    #2 Dixie Mine Circle

    If you are looking for a serious walk with your pup, head to the Pemberton Trail in the McDowell Mountain Regional Park in Fountain Hills. The main loop is 15.5 miles, but there are other shorter trails in the area such as Bluff Trail and Granite Trail at around 3.5 miles each, and the slightly shorter Tonto Tank Trail. This is Arizona landscape at its best out here. There are some impressive vistas, but not lot of shade. Make sure you pick your times (not too hot!), dress appropriately and bring plenty of water for both you and your dog. You will need to keep him on a lead throughout the area.
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    Population Density 1,148/sq mi

    #3 Pinnacle Peak Heights/Pinnacle Peak Heights IV

    Branching out west from the McDowell Mountain Regional Park into Scottsdale are two more pup-proof trails to check out. Tom’s Thumb is approximately 4.5 miles, with parking and restrooms available at the trailhead. The Marcus Landslide Trail is just under four miles long and offers an easy walk with incredible views of the Sonoran Valley. Dotted along the way is signage explaining some of the unique geographical formations that resulted from one of Arizona’s largest landslides. There is little shade here and no water available, so come prepared. Your dog must be leashed in this area and always clean up after him.
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    Population Density 82/sq mi

    #4 East Shea Blvd/ North 128th St

    Lost Dog Wash Trailhead in Scottsdale is a great place to get out into the fresh Arizona air with your dog. The area offers numerous trails of varying lengths and difficulties, so there is something to suit everyone. The longest is just under five miles and each trail is well signposted. The trailhead has parking, restrooms, and a water fountain, but pack plenty of water to take with you on the trails, as it can get very hot. Your dog will need to stay leashed through here, but will love sniffing his way along the paths and maybe even meeting new friends along the way. Take your clean up bags and any treats or snacks to enjoy along the way.
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    Population Density 620/sq mi

    #5 Val Vista Corridor

    Head south of Fort McDowell to Mesa and check out the Quail Run Dog Park in Quail Run Park, where your dog will love the chance to run off-lead in this large grassed area. There are two fenced areas, one for the bigger, bouncier pups and one for the little timid guys. Water troughs and fountains are dotted around the park, and there is plenty of shade and rest areas for you. Doggie waste bags are provided on-site to help keep the place clean and well-maintained. Quail Run Park itself has picnic areas, a playground and toilet facilities, making for a great day out for the whole family.
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