Queen Creek, Arizona, which lies at about 38-mile distance from Phoenix, is a small town with a large history. Queen Creek is home to the American Heritage Festival, the largest annual living history event in the Southwest as there are many historical buildings left from the 19th and 20th century. Queen Creek is nowadays more than just a historical site with the total population, and thus the pet population, growing at a fast pace.
As the population boom of Queen Creek, Arizona, has been fairly recent dog owners have to look outside town for designated dog parks. Luckily there are plenty of dog parks to choose from in the neighboring towns of Chandler and Gilbert.
Chandler is home to four dog parks in total with the Shawnee Park and West Chandler Dog Park standing out. Both these parks offer multiple enclosed play areas, benches and shade trees, water fountains and an obstacle course. Furthermore, small and timid dogs have an area all to themselves.
The Cosmo Dog Park is located in Gilbert and another great alternative. This dog park also offers multiple play areas, including an area with agility equipment, an area for small dogs and an area with a swimming pond.
Bring all the Yorkies, King Charles Spaniels, and Welsh Corgis to the Queen Creek Pocket Pup Dog Park! This new dog park, located near the Town Hall, serves the Lords and Ladies of the many residential dwellings found in Queen Creek. The dog park is opened to all breeds of dogs, and no royal lineage is required. There are separate fenced areas for large and small dogs. Grass under the paws makes for an extra special treat where such greenery seems reserved for royalty. The park is open from 7 a.m. (except on Tuesdays, when it opens at noon) until 10 p.m. The park is well-lit so a cooler constitutional makes for a noble end to the day.
Club-Doggie Dog Agility Gym is a mere bone’s throw away from the new public outdoor dog park, Pocket Pup, in Ellsworth. This suburban neighborhood is a bit dog-centered. Club-Doggie is a private outdoor gym that focuses on agility training. For a fee, dogs can get some quality exercise along with special training. Club-Doggie’s outdoor training facility spans over 5 ½ acres. (Their indoor facility, unfortunately, is no longer in business). Club-Doggie’s grassy fields include with state-of-the-art agility equipment, a lighted astro-turf field, and shaded observation areas to cool down. Club-Doggie also offers individual obedience training.
In the southern part of the city, the roving dog and his human will find the area of the sparsely-situated large rancheros and mobile homes neighbor to the vast San Tan Mountain Regional Park. This park, spanning more than 10,000 incredible acres, offers hiking, biking, and horseback riding. The numerous trails offer that roving pair an opportunity to take a hike along the trails of the Sonoran desert. There are 8 total miles of trails, with individual trails ranging in length from a half-mile to more than two. A night-time .8-mile trail offers the opportunity to stargaze in the cool of the desert night. Leashes are required. Don’t forget to bring your own water, too.
The Queen Creek Trail System is an eleven-mile trail system that reaches throughout the city and beyond. Access to the trail can be found on Power Rd. One part of the trail is the Queen Creek Wash Trail, a 4.7 mile trail stretch. Parking is at the Desert Mountain Park located at 22201 S. Hawes Road. This trail cuts through desert, empty spaces, and all kinds of residential communities. The trail allows dogs to enjoy this desert outing on leash.The Desert Mountain Park provides the opportunity to grab some shade under the ramada, and get a refill of the water bottles (and bowl).
Cosmo Dog Park is but a 15-mile drive to the northwest in the town of Gilbert. This 17-acre park has three off-leash areas for dogs so your furry friend can stretch his legs. There are also separate areas for shy dogs and agility training. The third area is for the remaining dogs. The doggie beach area at the park is a popular destination for any dog that spends so much time under the Arizona sun. Hoses are provided when it’s time to clean up and go home. The park includes dog-friendly watering stations, and the must-use waste disposal receptacles. Humans are treated to shade and rest under the ramadas, or they may embark on one of the trails for a short walk before heading home.