With over 90% of daylight hours being sunny, Yuma is considered to be the sunniest place in the world! Coupled with a desert climate and daytime temperatures that easily soar above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, there is no need to use a jacket or rain gear, but you will need to avoid uncomfortable and even dangerous heat while walking your pup. You can mitigate the extreme heat by scheduling your activities with your pet, including walks, for earlier or later in the day, ensuring you both stay hydrated, and obtaining paw protection for your pup to keep them from burning their paws on the pavement.
Palo Verde Estates is an area comprising 0.104 square miles with a population of 373 people. Homes in the area are one-story Spanish style bungalows with flat roofs. Many homes have pools and drought-tolerant landscaping is common in the community. The terrain is flat and walking the area does not require climbing any hills. Streets have sidewalks providing safe areas for locals to walk with their dog and streets are curved and many ends in cul-de-sacs. The pavement in the area can become very hot on scorching desert summer days so avoid walking in extreme temperatures or protect your dog's paws with doggie boots.
There is a large commercial area to the east with parking lots and traffic which may not be an appropriate place to walk your pup, especially on hot days when exposed pavement in parking lots and on roads becomes hot or when heavy traffic in the area presents a hazard.
Palo Verde Estates is located near the Bark Park. This dog park is a 3.35-acre dog park with safety features like double-gated entries and enclosed off-leash areas. There is a water fountain so your dog can get a drink on a hot day and waste disposal facilities to make cleanup easy. There are some agility obstacles here for your pooch to practice their skills and talents and benches for owners to rest and watch. Dogs must be licensed, vaccinated, and well-socialized to use the park. Please note that while the park is open most days from sunrise until 11 PM, on Tuesdays, the park does not open until 3 PM.
Ray Smucker Park is located to the west and this 15-acre park has a 1-mile greenway walking path where you can take your dog for a stroll on a leash! Alternatively, Kennedy Memorial Park is a short distance north and has a half-mile greenway for you and your leashed pup to enjoy.