If you're looking for a pet-friendly place tucked between rivers and mountains, then you'll have to look no "fur-ther" that the town of Thatcher, Arizona! Tucked into the heart of Graham County, this town has gorgeous sights no matter which way you're walking your dogs! To the north, you can traverse the bank of the Gila River, and if you head south, you'll find the mountain ranges of the Madrean Sky Islands! The town has a "paw-nderous" history between two religious groups — the Church of Latter-day Saints & the Mormons — dating back to the late 1800s. Since then, many human and doggos alike have settled in Thatcher, making this one pawesome place to live!
Dog owners go mutts for the conveniences of living in Thatcher! There are 2 veterinarians, 3 groomers, and 2 pet shops within 7 square miles of town! You and Fido will never have to travel far to get everything your dogs need! Alongside the amenities, there are tons of fetching things to do with your dogs here. You can head to the Thatcher Splash Pad to cool off in the hot summer or visit the Roper Lake State Park to explore the desert wilderness of Arizona's landscape. Just don't forget to bring the leash!
Does your dog love to splash in the shallow banks of rivers? If you live in the northern pocket of Thatcher, you can check out the upper banks of the Gila River, which are close to the Cota Ranch neighborhood. The Gila River is a tributary of the Colorado River and snakes its way through two states before winding down nearly 650 miles into Mexico. There are areas near Thatcher which are both easily accessible and safe places to take your dog for a walk to enjoy the whirring sounds of the river! If your Fido likes to hang out in city parks, you can also head over for a game of fetch in Thatcher Park.
Does your dog put up with the hot Arizona summer because it means he'll get to play at the water park? If you live in the middle of Thatcher, in the Glenn Meadows neighborhood, then you can walk over to the Thatcher Splash Pad so the whole family can cool off! Each Thatcher park has both sports fields and playfields which are great for fetch, but the Splash Pad has a jungle gym of nozzles and sprinklers that spray a cooling mist of water at two-legged and four-legged children! If your pups "pet-tential" for going into water results in sad barks and tails drooping, then you can also opt for the Glenn Meadows Park. Here, you'll find places to play and walk without running the risk of getting wet! It's easy to keep Fido happy with a walk and plenty of treats in parks in Glenn Meadows!
Does your dog think it's a furrific idea to go out for a meal? Of course they do! Dogs don't want to be left at home. They want to be fed scraps underneath the table! If you visit the neighboring town of Safford, you and your Fido can check out the Main Street Cafe for a pet-friendly meal no matter the time of day! You can try breakfast entrees like a breakfast sandwich or French toast plate. If you and the pup get there later in the day, you can have your pick between entrees like The Baby Green Salad, Award-Winning Club Sandwich, or a Southwestern chicken wrap. After a nice meal, you two can hike part of the 22.3-mile Safford Morenci Trail to watch the sunset. This is an expert trail, so you might want to do a little "pup-eration" before taking on the whole hike!
Does your dog think the space between your couch and their bed is the equivalent of a canyon? If you want to get your doggo off the couch for some exercise, check out Roper Lake State Park! At the park, you and Fido can explore local wilderness like the Cluff Ranch Wildlife Area or the Hotwell Dunes, which are a part of the state park. There are also plenty of water activities open to Fido, like fishing, swimming, and boating along Roper Lake. Whether you go for a day trip or spend a whole vacation in the park, there are cabins and campgrounds that have accommodations for dogs! Your pooch will have a tail-wagging time at Roper Lake State Park!