Located thirty minutes west of Flagstaff, the town of Williams is known as the Gateway to the Grand Canyon and features local attractions along the Historic Highway 66. Pups and their parents who enjoy outdoor adventures will love spending time on the lakes, hiking trails, and parks in the area. Taking care of your pup’s medical needs is also important, and there is one veterinarian clinic in Williams to help you do just that!
Close to the downtown area, Cureton Park offers a place for Fido and his family to get some exercise and enjoy the sunshine. There is a new playground for the kids, and you can stroll with your pooch around the park while admiring the gardens. You can also relax on one of the shaded benches while Fido has a snifftastic time rolling in the grass.
Families who enjoy going out to eat with their furry family members will find seven pooch-friendly restaurants in Williams. The Historic Barrel & Bottle House on Railroad Ave features a festive pub atmosphere where pups are welcome on the outdoor patio. Another fun destination is Cruisers Café 66 where you can admire a variety of 1950’s era décor. Stop by for classic comfort food, and the waitstaff will bring your pooch a bowl of water. If you are looking for even more variety, Grand Canyon Coffee and Café provides a diverse menu, including BLT’s and Chow Mein. You and Fido can sit on the outdoor patio and watch the train tracks and zip line off in the distance. Your pooch will even be treated to a dish of water and treats.
Another pooch-friendly destination in town is the Williams Feed & Pet Co. This family-owned pet store offers food, treats, and accessories for your pampered pup.
If you are planning a Grand Canyon vacation, or you live in Williams full time, be sure to take advantage of all the pooch-friendly activities found in this pawrific town!
One of the best attractions in Williams is the Bearizona Drive-Thru Wildlife Park adventure, just two miles from the downtown area. Families and their pups travel from all over the country to experience watching bear, wolves, sheep, bison and other wildlife from the convenience of their vehicle. Your pooch can travel through the park with the family as long as you keep the doors and windows closed. Pups are also welcome in the parking area and up to the Fort wall – Fido will even receive a treat at the welcome entrance! Bring plenty of water and your own doggie waste bags.
If you are searching for a quiet and tranquil area to walk your pup, the Buck Skinner Park is just a couple minutes south of downtown, and offers walking trails around a beautiful lake. The hike down to the lake from the parking area is a great way to let your pooch get some exercise and enjoy a sunny day. There are picnic tables where you can rest and eat a snack, and you can even go fishing in the lake. There is plenty of grass and trees where you can stroll and let Fido have a pawtastic time sniffing and smelling. You will need to bring your own water bottles and doggie waste bags. Be aware there is no restroom, only a port-a-potty.
Situated south of downtown Williams, the Dogtown Lake Campground is next to the Dogtown Reservoir. The campground features amazing views of the lake and is a perfect place to take your pooch fishing, or hiking in the mountains. The area got its name from the extensive prairie dogs that once surrounded the lake area. Your pup will love strolling through the campground on a leash and socializing with other pup campers. You need to bring your own doggie waste bags and dispose of trash in the convenient garbage cans. The restrooms are clean, and you can fill up water bottles before a hike.
The Kaibab National Forest covers 1.6 million acres and features the Bill Williams Mountain Trail. This is just one of the pup-friendly trails in the National Forest, and spans for about four miles. The drive down to the trail from town is a bit curvy and steep, but your pooch will love hiking along the paths and you will be amazed by the view. Plan to pack a picnic lunch and snacks for Fido, and relax on the rocks at the top of the trailhead. Make sure to bring your own doggie waste bags and leave the forest without a trace.
Fido and his family can enjoy time in the great outdoors at the Circle Pines KOA off exit 167 in Williams. This campground is surrounded by mountains and offers RV, tent sites, and cabins for families to enjoy, and an amazing dog park just for furry family members. The dog park is completely fenced and offers agility equipment and lots of space for your pooch to run around and socialize with other pups at the campground. Kids can spend time at the playground playing mini golf, or at the indoor pool. Families will also love the convenience of the Bear Trax Café with outdoor seating where you can enjoy a meal with your pup.