There are three things that bring people together in Sun City West, Arizona. The first is inherent in the name of the sister city of Sun City Grand. The Arizonans that live here are huge fans of the lustrous sunshine that hangs in the air throughout Sun City West. The second is the lifestyle. The neighborhoods have a calming allure, and many have found a lovely place to grow into their golden years here. Lastly, everyone in Sun City West loves dogs. The pet-friendliness goes hand-in-hand with the gregarious nature of this beautiful place.
With three veterinarians, five parks, and around 11 square miles of walking space, Sun City West has become a haven for dog lovers since it was finally built in 1998. At the center of Sun City West is the Hillcrest Golf Club, which functions as the center of community life for the city. Dog lovers can stroll along The Agua Fria River, which flows through 120 miles of scenic Arizonan lands. Fans of Tex-Mex cuisine will also love Sun City West for its abundance of pup-friendly restaurants serving up southwest favorites.
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Does your dog just adore the park? If your car's trunk is a smorgasbord of tennis balls, frisbees, and everything canine, then The Old El Mirage neighborhood is calling you and your pup's name! Home to three on-leash parks, the Old El Mirage is a great place to walk or play with Fido. The Bicentennial Park (also known as Lizard Run) has a playground, short loop for walking, and a wide open field perfect for a game of fetch! Head a little further west and you'll find Three Star Park. This park has a sand volleyball court, basketball court, and a kids’ playground. For the four-legged kid, there's a picnic area ready for an on-leash walk of the park. There's also Floyd Gaines Park which is a great place for a relaxing picnic with your puppers.
Does your pup love to socialize off-leash? Then head over to the Johnson Meeker neighborhood! This neighborhood is home to Small Dog Park, which, despite its name, has two separate areas for both small and large dogs to play in a fenced-in area. The whole neighborhood agrees this park gets two paws up! After chasing other pups around all day, you and your doggo have probably worked up an appetite. One of the best spots in the city is the Crooked Putter Restaurant & Bar, a family owned and operated joint with a golf motif. Try the original putter burger, or go for the southwest burger, with thick-cut bacon and BBQ sauce. Your dog will fit right in at the Crooked Putter, which has outside seating for you to enjoy a meal with Fido.
Does your dog need brisk walks every day to keep him happy and well-exercised? Sunglow is a great neighborhood to take a jaunt through the suburbs. You and your doggo can walk the loop around W Stardust Boulevard, wagging tails and waving hands at the neighbors. Halfway through the walk, you can stop at Razzle Berriez frozen yogurt for a healthy scoop of frozen yogurt with your 'pupsicle!' Be sure to clean up after your pup while you're exploring this neighborhood. No one likes a litterbug!
Does your dog feel just as home in the water as he does on land? Spanish Garden might be the neighborhood for your water-doggo! This neighborhood is tucked right up against The Agua Fria River, which offers mountainous trails to walk along the river's edge. Although there's no official trail here, it's still a beautiful place to take your dog when the sun's high in the sky. After walking along the river, it's time for some 'pup-corn.' Or, maybe a Sonoran wrap from Birt's Bistro? The restaurant is completely dog-friendly and has some of the best southwestern omelets in Arizona—topped with chorizo and green chili!
Does your dog feel more attuned to the city life? Across The Agua Fria River is the Coyote Lakes neighborhood, which hugs Sun City West's sister city, Sun City Grand. Your dog can get some fun off-leash play time at Duffeeland Dog Park. Duffeeland is brand new and plays host to dogs and their loving owners all throughout the day! Of course, after chasing tails around all day, you'll want to find a place where they say, 'bone appetit!' Your first stop could be at the Hurricane Grill & Wings. This is a place where you shouldn't order a salad (get the wings instead -- they're great!) and Fido is welcome to pop a squat on the deck outside with a water bowl. Also pet-friendly in Coyote Lakes is Ann's Bistro & Bar, which serves delicious, authentic Cantonese dishes.