Pet owners will experience plenty of sunshine and warm or hot weather when waking their dogs. Rain is very rare and so is cold weather. Heat, sun, and dry conditions are more prevalent factors when walking in Yuma. Summer daily temperatures reach well into the high 80s and above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. These extremely hot conditions make walking your dog in the middle of the day uncomfortable and there is a danger of heat-related illnesses including dehydration. It is best to avoid these extreme weather conditions by walking earlier or later in the day and making sure you and your dog have plenty of water to stay hydrated.
The terrain in Hazelwood Estates is flat and there are no steep hills to climb on walks with your pup and the neighborhood has sidewalks that provide paved paths separate from roadways for pedestrians. Pavement, however, can be very hot during the day and should be avoided.
Because Hazelwood Estates is located near the border of urban Yuma, there are lots of rural properties and irrigated land nearby. A new housing development is located on the west side and areas under development should be avoided on walks as they are exposed to extreme heat conditions and there are dangers associated with construction sites.
West Wetlands Park provides over 100 acres with walking trails and is located along the Colorado River. There are also ponds for fishing and boating! If your dog likes the water and can ride in a canoe or kayak, this is a great opportunity for you and your pooch to venture out on the water. There is plenty of activity in this park including wildlife watching and sightseeing.
Other natural areas to the east, along the Colorado River, provide walking opportunities for your pup, but natural areas have unmaintained trails which can have treacherous footing and rough terrain.