Despite its name, you probably won’t find many snowflakes in Snowflake, Arizona. But, if you and your pup love warm, sunny days, then it might be the place for you. Snowflake has very mild winters and sunshine all year 'round! And, there are plenty of dog-friendly places just a road trip away to give you and your dog lots of outdoor time. Fortunately, there is a vet clinic in Snowflake, so you won’t have to travel far to find quality pet care!
For paw-friendly fun, you can head to Show Low, which is about 20 miles from Snowflake. The Fool Holly Lake Recreation Area is a pawfect spot for outdoor-loving dogs. You can grab a camping spot for a few days, or just visit for the day for some boating, fishing, hiking, and more. Dogs are welcome in most areas!
If you want to make a longer road trip, you can opt for the great city of Phoenix, which is about a three-hour drive from Snowflake. However, you’ll find virtually endless things to do with Sparky, from exploring parks and trails to shopping ‘til you drop! One must-see place is Papago Park, which houses the Desert Botanical Garden and Hole in the Rock, both of which welcome dogs.
Whether you want a short or long road trip, there are definitely some dog-friendly sites worth checking out in Snowflake’s surrounding areas.
On W Deuce of Clubs in Show Low, AZ, you’ll find dog-friendly hotels, restaurants, and even a cozy dog park. This area is just under 20 miles from Snowflake and is one of the closest dog-friendly spots around. The Deuce of Dogs Dog Park is a pupular attraction for outdoor-loving dogs and their owners. The fenced park has plenty of space to run with scattered trees for shade and some fun rocks to climb on. Check out The House if you’re hungry. This dining spot offers burgers, salads, and more yummy foods made with fresh and local ingredients, and you can join your pooch at an outdoor table.
The Apache Sitgreaves National Forest in Heber-Overgaard is just over 36 miles from Snowflake. This incredible park features fishing sites, campgrounds, hiking trails, and more – pawfect for the furry, four-legged adventurist! Your dog is welcome on many parts of the grounds; just be sure to bring a leash and clean up after him. You can stay on the grounds in a campsite or choose one of several dog-friendly hotels nearby. Your pooch can even have some fun at the Pueblo Village Dog Park, which is fenced all around and has small and large areas for dogs of all sizes to play safely.
The Petrified Forest National Park in Petrified Forest, AZ, is a little more than 44 miles from Snowflake. This expansive area is a great place to bring an adventurous pup. Your dog is welcome to join you in just about any area of the park besides any buildings. Take a hike on the trails, see the surrounding sights at one of many places to stop and relax, or go geocaching with your furry friend. You can choose to visit the park for a quick day trip, or you can opt for some backcountry camping to stay longer. The park respectfully asks that pets and their owners refrain from interacting with the wildlife here.
About a 29-mile drive south from Snowflake will land you in the Pinetop-Lakeside area of Lakeside, AZ. This spot has some dog-friendly lodging and restaurants that can make for the pawfect pit stop if you’re traveling. There are even some gorgeous cabins in the woods that your dog will go mutts for! If you want a place to stop and eat, try Salt Restaurant and Wine Bar, a restaurant that serves some incredible, upscale dishes made from fresh ingredients in a casual atmosphere. Or, head to Pinetop Brewing Company to take advantage of some of its yummy beers, burgers, and more. Both places have outdoor patios with paw-friendly seating.
W Longhorn Road in Payson, AZ, is definitely a bit of a trip from Snowflake at about 84 miles away. But you’ll likely love this area, which is the home of the Payson Off-Leash Dog Park located within Ramsey Park. That park offers a small place for dogs to play, and leashed dogs can even hike with you on some of the walking trails through the park. If you and Spot get hungry, then you have plenty of options for paw-friendly dining. Gerardo’s Firewood Café features all kinds of pizza options and has some outdoor seating that welcomes furry friends and their owners.