Magnificent Payson, known as “The Heart of Arizona” because of its geographical location, is a town in northern Gila County surrounded by the Tonto National Forest. Outdoor activities are not just a word here: they're a lifestyle! If you have a dog and you're considering visiting Arizona, Payson should be on your must-see list. Apart from being magnificently beautiful, the town is a dog-friendly place with parks, restaurants and five veterinary clinics in the area.
The place has so many options for pooches and their two-legged friends that you may not know what to start with. One option is to explore Tonto Natural Bridge Park, which is a dog-friendly place with five amazing viewpoints and lots of room to walk on-leash. The park has easy walking trails down to the bridge. If your pup loves long, challenging strolls, then Peach Orchard Trail (the western part) or Cypress Trail to Boulders Trail Loop and Monument Peak Loop Trail (the eastern part) are at your disposal.
You may want to consider spending some quality time with your pooch at The Green Valley Park, which is a dog-friendly recreation area with tons of outdoor activities from jogging to fishing. Your pup won't want to leave, and will surely beg to stay for at least one more day. Can you say no to those puppy dog eyes? Neither can the hotels spread all over Payson, such as America's Best Value Inn, located in downtown with dog-friendly policies and nice bonuses for customers!
North McLane Road is one of the longest roads in Payson, taking root in the western part of downtown heading north. The town of Payson is entirely surrounded by forest, but also has extensive parks and recreation areas. North McLane Road will lead you to the best place to visit with your pooch on a sunny day: Ramsey Park. The area is enormously big and is set right behind the Payson Public Library. Ramsey Park has a special off-leash area where your mutt is welcome to play and socialize with other canine friends, barking and enjoying himself. Make sure to take water with you; the area does not have any water doggie fountains around.
Fancy taking a day trip? The town of Camp Verde, located less than 60 miles west of Payson, has some pawesome historic places and dog-friendly amenities to explore with your pal! Bring Fido to the downtown area and start your unique adventure at Fort Verde State Historic Park, located off the main city’s attractions. Have a glimpse into a life of a frontier soldier while wandering around historical buildings and learning from tour guides. Your mutt is welcome to join you in the area, but is not allowed in any buildings. When your day comes to an end, head to the western part of downtown to please your buddy with a delicious dessert at one of the dog-friendly eateries, such as Verde Brewing Company, which welcomes canines at the outdoor tables.
Welcoming visitors with a semi-arid climate, the northern part of Cottonwood is full of diverse attractions for pooches and their two-legged friends. Enjoy yourself or exercise in the extensive designated area of the Dog Park at Riverfront Park, which offers three separate fields for small and large breeds and another for sports. Follow the flow of the Verde River to reach the Greenway State Natural Area. Leash your mutt and explore the place by hiking, picnicking, or simply admiring the natural beauty of the wild forest. Still looking for adventure? You won't want to miss Dead Horse Ranch State Park on the opposite side of the river. Dogs are allowed in the area, but must be supervised and kept on a leash at all times.
Heber-Overgaard is a unique place, captivating and attracting tourists from all over the world. The northern part has a number of shopping and dining facilities paired with recreational areas and parks. If you are in the town with Fido, Pueblo Village Dog Park, located not far from Overgaard Animal Clinic, is a great choice to let your mutt play off-leash and make new furry friends. The park features two separate areas for small and large pooches, both of which are fenced for added security. Let your mutt romp, play, and frisk in the grassy area, but bring water and a bowl with you; no doggy drinking fountains are available in the area.
The downtown area of the city of Show Low in Navajo County is a buzzing place with visitors and locals shopping, dining, and enjoying themselves. Your pooch will fall in love with The Deuce of Dogs Bark Park, located right in the heart of the city among different eateries at West Deuce of Clubs. This place is a wide-open, fenced space with lots of room to run and romp. Your mutt will love exploring the walking trails leading to the wooded area and sniffing the trees around. Get ready for a tail-waggin' good time here! Locals love the park, and some dog owners come to visit the place from Phoenix!