Located in Pinal County, San Tan Valley is a gorgeous community in the southeastern suburbs of the Phoenix metro area. Despite being sandwiched between mountains and desert, San Tan Valley is packed with animal healthcare: over ten vet clinics are available within a ten-minute drive of the area.
If you’re looking for a fun day at the dog park, treat yourself to the top-rated Cosmo Dog Park in Gilbert, AZ -- just twenty miles northwest of San Tan Valley. The first section of the park is for small, shy dogs; the second is an agility course; and the third is a pond area with a “beach” for dogs, which is a huge hit during those hot Arizona summers! Water hoses are available to clean off your pup after they run amok in the mud.
If it’s a cool enough day for a hike, drive eight miles west over to San Tan Mountain Regional Park. This well-maintained park offers desert trails for pups and parents of all skill levels and is complete with restrooms and benches for scenery gazing. There is a small entrance fee of six dollars per vehicle, but it’s well worth it for quality trails and a day of fun with man’s best friend!
Although Florence is located 30 minutes south of San Tan Valley, your four-legged friend is sure to thank you for making the drive! Florence is home to Florence Dog Park, where your pet will have a barking good time. This dog park has three separate sections: one for small dogs, one for large dogs, and another with agility equipment so that more adventurous dogs can try something new. There are also picnic tables, benches, and plenty of shade so that both you and your pet can be as comfortable as possible. This is an off-leash bark park.
Thirty miles west of San Tan Valley is Chandler’s Alamosa Estates neighborhood, and if you and your dog are up for the trip, you’ll find it’s definitely worth it! In Alamosa Estates, you’ll find the Paseo Vista Recreation Area Dog Park. This popular spot for dog-owners is an off-leash dog park where your pet’s sure to make a bunch of new fur-iends. This park is popular with dog-owners because of how large it is, allowing plenty of space for your pooch to run around, and how clean it’s kept. However, there are no separate sections for small and large dogs, so keep that in mind if your pet is shy.
Chandler’s downtown district is located 40 minutes west of San Tan Valley, and this neighborhood is thriving when it comes to places to eat with your pup. If you’re in the mood for the classics, head to Wimpy’s Paradise, a local burger-joint. Fido can join you at any of the outdoor tables. Yoli’s Café is another local favorite; this restaurant serves up breakfast classics alongside some traditional Hawaiian dishes. Yoli’s Café allows dogs to dine with you on the patio, and the restaurant also has complimentary water dishes for your pooch. Both restaurants require leashes.
If your pet loves exploring new territories, and if you’re a nature-lover, make the one hour drive south of San Tan Valley to Picacho Peak State Park. This state park offers numerous trails of varying difficulty for you and your dog to explore; just make sure Fido remains on a leash at all times, and remember to bring water for the both of you, as the average temperature is around 100 degrees! If you’re feeling up to it, bring a tent along, as this state park also offers dog-friendly camping. You and your best pal are sure to have a ball while exploring all that Picacho Peak State Park has to offer.
Located about 15 minutes north of San Tan Valley is Queen Creek’s downtown, and if you’re looking for somewhere to dine with Fido, this is the place to be! If you’re a fan of sushi, check out local-favorite Sushi Creek. Your pooch can join you on the outdoor patio, weather permitting. More of a breakfast-all-day person? Check out EggsTC, which serves up delicious omelettes, French toast, and biscuits-n-gravy. Burgers and sandwiches are also available during lunch hours. The spacious patio is dog-friendly. A leash is required at both restaurants, and your pooch is expected to be on his best behavior.