Situated close to a national park, lakes, and hosting a very unique pet art gallery, you can definitely infer that Prescott is one of the more pet-friendly cities in the U.S. With 11,000 pet owners in Prescott, there is bound to be something for every pet to enjoy!
As mentioned before, for a day that is more exciting than your average dog park, step into the Beastro. Beastro is an animal art gallery that helps bring awareness to animal suffering issues, new artists, green peace, and much more. They host regular events, such as pet birthday parties. Stop in and muse over some colorful animal paintings with your pooch. They may even get a treat!
If staying for an overnight visit in Prescott, there is a pet-friendly La Quinta Inn and Suites. Their rooms are clean and modern, and always welcome you and your pet with open paws. When you are ready for a bite, Prescott offers 16 pet-friendly restaurants to choose from.
Some of the most unique in the city are: Wild Iris Coffee House; as the name implies, they serve coffee and tasty bagels or breakfast sandwiches; Cuppers; they serve breakfast and lunches.You can choose from an array of yummy muffins or salads and soups; lastly is Willow Creek Inn. This restaurant serves gourmet dinner choices such as steaks, prime rib, burgers, and other grill entrees. Well-behaved pets are allowed at outside tables at all of these restaurants.
Prescott, Arizona offers a unique spectrum of pet-friendly activities. They know how to keep you and your pet entertained while visiting their city. Visit Prescott for a truly memorable experience with your best friend!
Willow Creek Dog Park, located at 3181 Willow Creek Road in Prescott, provides a flat, fenced-in space for some leash-free entertainment. The dog park is divided for small and larger dogs. Pieces of colorful agility equipment add to the fun. There’s only dirt here, no grass. A good sniff in Mother Earth is okay, but no digging allowed! A ramada in the middle of the park provides shade and benches for humans to sit and socialize, too. The neighborhood is a sprawling commercial and residential area so most dogs visit the park by car. The park opens each day at 7am and closes at sunset (10 pm in the summer).
Twelve miles northeast of the city of Prescott is the growing suburb of Prescott Valley. This suburb is the home of many dog-friendly places like the Prescott Valley Dog Park. The dog park is a subset of the larger Mountain Valley Park. This expansive recreational facility covering 69 acres is located at 8600 E. Nance in Prescott Valley. This dog park finds its niche among a suburban neighborhood of houses and schools. Mountains grace the horizon, but this dog park is flat, brown, and gravel. The dogs don’t seem to give a woof as they run leash-free, and enjoy each other’s company with a lick or two. Many benches line the park for tired humans. A few trees provide a bit of green, but they are just a tease--not much for shade!
James S. Acker Park, situated near downtown Prescott, provides a stimulating hike along 80 acres of natural Arizona beauty. Traversing the one-mile loop trail is the perfect way to start or end the day. Dogs must be on leash for this walk, and good manners are expected from dogs and humans alike. Access to the park is from 421 S. Virginia, but accessing the trail proves to be a hike in itself. Even so, it’s worth every step. This trail provides a spectacular view overlooking Prescott. Pink and yellow wildflowers decorate the trail in season. Gorgeous sunsets of distance mountains make humans stop and think while a companion dog takes a break from the walk. Mosaic art make for an interesting stop, too.
The cleverly named Beastro welcomes all dogs into its art gallery because the focus of its art is animals. This little house turned art museum offers art, music, and even poetry reading in its fundraising efforts. “Feed a Beast in Need” is one of those events, and dogs are encouraged to attend. This gem of a beatnik throwback is located in the historic Prescott City downtown neighborhood at 117 N. McCormick. There is an outdoor area for solo guitarists or a drum circle, and a small stage for a visiting band. The Beastro may be rented for events, and all dogs of any size are welcome. Sounds like a pawsitively perfect way to spend a day.
Prescott National Forest is 1 ¼ million acres of forest that encircles Prescott. This magnificent forest makes any dog feel a bit of the wolf in him. The rugged, mountainous landscape is the perfect place for camping, hiking, horseback riding, climbing, and fishing. Dogs don’t have to stay home here. They do need to be on leash on trails, though. Dogs must stay with their humans in special tent areas, which also allow for equine companions. Cabin rentals are available, and dogs allowed to stay outside on a leash. Prescott National Forest is a great place for a dog to have a howlin’ good time.