Youngberg, Arizona is a populated area in Pinal County, nestled into the edge of the Tonto National Forest and the Superstition Mountains. In this town, you can get a true taste of Arizona’s wild west, and explore their very own ghost town known as Goldfield. Here you can wander down the historic streets with your dog, past the goldmines, saloons, and other buildings from the past. You may even get to witness an old west gun fight performance!
While you’re in Youngberg, check out the Lost Dutchman State Park! Here you can find a wide variety of hiking trails that head into the Superstition wilderness and the Tonto National Forest. Along these trails you’ll be able to enjoy desert and mountain views, along with cacti and wildflowers. Leashed dogs are welcome. There is very little shade, so be sure to bring plenty of drinking water for your and your pooch!
If you want to spend the night under the desert stars, no need to go far! The Lost Dutchman State Park also offers camping. Each campsite has a picnic tables, barbeque grill and fire pit. Dogs are welcome too of course, as long as they stay leashed and follow proper petiquette.
In Youngberg, dogs can join in on the fun exploring the unique, Arizona landscape.
If you and your canine companion are up for a challenge, head over to the Siphon Draw Trail in Youngberg. The Trailhead can be found on E Apache Trail. This trail is about 4 miles round trip, and winds up into the Siphon Draw Canyon. Portions of the hike can be steep and rocky, but you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views! There is also the option to continue along the trail to the Flatiron, making it a total of 5.8 miles roundtrip. The Flatiron portion of the trail is not fully maintained and can be difficult to follow. It’s recommended that only experienced hikers and their dogs attempt this trail. Be sure to leave only paw prints, keep your doggo leashed, and bring lots of water.
In the nearby, larger town of Apache Junction, less than 10 minutes away, you can find many more exciting things to check out with your furry travel companion. If you’re looking for a relaxed, urban park where you can kick back and relax, head over to Flatiron Community Park, within the Apache Junction City Center. This park has something in it for everyone, including a splash pad for the kids. The park also features an open space for local events, so you may be able to catch some concerts or festivals. Leashed dogs are welcome as long as you stoop and scoop. Other amenities include public restrooms and covered picnic areas. When it’s time for a treat, head over to the Handlebar Pub and Grill right nearby. They specialize in craft brews, and offer dog friendly, fenced outdoor seating.
Just west of Youngberg, is the town of Mesa. The Boulder Mountain Highlands neighborhood in Mesa is proud home to the Usery Mountain Regional Park. This regional park offers many ways to explore the area’s natural beauty, and is just a 20 minute drive from Youngberg. The park encompasses 3648 acres of wilderness, with a network of about 29 miles of trails. For an easy, somewhat short hike, the Merkle Trail is a great, barrier-free option. Other features of this park include group picnic areas with amenities, campgrounds, and stargazing programs. Well-behaved dogs are welcome to join their two legged friends, but must stay leashed and be picked up after.
In the neighboring town of Gilbert, you can find another puppy paradise! The Cosmo Dog Park is located in the Agritopia neighborhood, just a 25 minute drive from Youngberg. This park offers a safe environment for your playful pup to run off-leash and enjoy some pawsitive socialization. This park welcomes dogs of all kinds, with three separate fenced off areas. One section is for timid dogs, another contains agility equipment, and the other contains a pond and beach area. Amenities include dog washing stations, waste bags, and pet drinking fountains. After working up an appetite, head over to Joe’s Farm Grill in the same neighborhood. They offer a menu comprised of locally sourced produce and dog friendly outdoor seating.
About a 30 minute drive east of Youngberg into to Tonto National Forest brings you to the oldest and largest botanical garden in Arizona. The Boyce Thompson Arboretum can be found in the small town of Superior. Here you and your pup can wander around in awe within the cacti, canyons, forests, streams and more. The arboretum encompasses 323 acres and has a variety of trails and exhibits. You’ll walk away from this park with a deeper appreciation for the intricate beauty of Arizona. There is even a Demonstration Garden, designed to give you ideas for the layout and plant selection of your own home and garden. Leashed dogs are welcome as long as they are picked up after. There are even water bowls dispersed throughout the park.