Right in the heart of the Tonto National Forest, you can find the town of Globe, Arizona. This town is surrounded by some of the most breathtaking vistas in the southwest, and offers plenty of recreation opportunities. You can get to Globe by taking a drive along the iconic Apache Trail, a state route that winds through rugged mountains, past lakes and dams. If your pal should get injured on your travels, bring them over to the Samaritan Veterinary Clinic right in Globe.
To kick off your adventure, head over to the Round Mountain Park. This park is accessible off of South Street from Highway 60. Here you can find 5 different hiking loops, with varying levels of difficulty. For sweeping views of Globe and the surrounding mountains, try the West Trail. Leashed dogs can join in on the fun of course, but don’t forget the waste bags and water for your pup!
If you’re looking for a pet friendly place to crash, you don’t need to go far! The El Rancho Motel right in Globe welcomes two pets of any size for a small additional fee. Be sure to call ahead to check if a pet friendly room is available.
With all of these dog friendly places around, it’s clear that Globe loves dogs, and dogs love Globe!
To get a glimpse of Globe’s mining history, take a stroll through the Old Dominion Historic Mine Park in Globe’s City Center. You can take in information from the signs, historic structures, and antique artifacts throughout the park, or even enjoy some of the 13 trails this park has to offer. The Silver Nugget Trail is flat and offers most of the park’s amenities, including picnic pavilions and educational areas. This park is very welcoming to dogs, and even has a canine drinking fountain. Just be sure that your dog stays leashed and picked up after. After working up an appetite, head over to Farley’s Pub. They offer craft beer, a friendly atmosphere and dog friendly outdoor seating.
In the Pinal neighborhood of Globe, you can find the Besh Ba Gowah Park. The name of the park is from the Apache language, meaning “place of metal.” Here you can explore the ruins of the ancient Salado people. Leashed and well-behaved dogs are allowed to explore the archeological sites and museum along with their two-legged friends. In the museum, you’ll find a botanical garden of plants local to Arizona, and a large collection of Salado pottery and artifacts. For more adventures in the neighborhood of Pinal, head over to the Pinal Mountain Trail System. The Ice House CCC Campground is available for day-use, and provides access to the Sixshooter and Telephone Trails. These trails are often used for mountain biking, but welcome leashed dogs!
About a 30 minute drive west of Globe lies the oldest and largest botanical garden in Arizona, the Boyce Thompson Arboretum. This arboretum can be found in the small town of Superior, still within the Tonto National Forest. Here you and your pup can wander around in awe within the cacti, canyons, forests, streams and more. Leashed dogs are welcome, as long as they are picked up after. There are even water bowls dispersed throughout the park. The arboretum encompasses 323 acres and has a variety of trails and exhibits. When you need a refresher, head over to Porter’s Cafe right nearby. Here you can enjoy a cold beer next to your canine companion at the shaded picnic tables.
One of the favorite tourist attractions in the area can be found about 30 minutes north in the town of Roosevelt. This town is situated along the scenic Roosevelt Lake Marina, and is the proud home to the Tonto National Monument. Here you can see two Salado style cliff dwellings that date back to 1250-1450. There is a museum that displays pottery and other artifacts that gives some insight into the lives of the ancient civilization. Dogs are allowed on the Lower Cliff Dwelling Trail, the Cactus Patch Trail and in the picnic areas. To protect your curious pupper from cacti and venomous animals, they will need to stay leashed. Don’t forget the drinking water and waste bags!
The town of Florence is about an hour drive southwest of Globe, but the drive is worth it! It’s within the City Center of this town that you can find the Florence Dog Park. This park gives your doggo a safe place to run off-leash and enjoy some pawsitive socialization. The park features a separate fenced off area for the more timid dogs, an agility course, and drinking fountains for the dogs and their humans. There are even picnic tables in the shade where you can kick back and watch the entertainment. When your stomach is growling, head over to Big Quicks BBQ in the same neighborhood. They offer smoked BBQ pulled pork and dog friendly seating!