About an hour north of Santa Fe, Abiquiu is a tiny city known as the hometown of Georgia O’Keeffe who lived there until she died. O’Keeffe herself was a dog lover and enjoyed many pooch-friendly destinations in the small town where she lived. Pups and their parents can still enjoy a trip over to Bodes, a general merchandise store that’s been in business since the early 1900’s. You can find a variety of dog food and treats in addition to pooch toys and accessories and the store is located right off Hwy 84.
If you are looking for a great place to eat with the family, check out Café Abiquiu where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner. Relax on the pup-friendly patio while choosing something delicious from the menu. There are several pooch-friendly places to stay in the area, including the Abiquiu Inn, located near Georgia O’Keeffe’s former art studios, and welcomes pups for an additional fee.
Since Abiquiu is a popular vacation destination, there are pup-friendly activities throughout the summer. In addition to visiting O’Keeffe’s home and studio, people enjoy checking out quaint churches, the Ghost Ranch, and the Echo Amphitheater. Although the town offers quaint family-owned businesses where you can shop and eat, you will need to travel further south toward Santa Fe if your pup needs medical attention since there are no veterinarians in Abiquiu.
Enjoy the outdoor adventures Abiquiu has to over and Fido will have a puptastic time at the parks and hiking through town.
Located just 10 minutes northwest of the city center, Abiquiu Lake Recreation area and Riana Campground are great destinations for you and your pooch. Stroll around the 5,200-acre reservoir and let your pup roll in the grass or frolic along the water’s edge. When hiking through the recreation area, you will find amazing rock formations, and reptile fossils have also been found. The campground is also popular with residents and travelers visiting Abiquiu, so make reservations in advance during the busy summer season. You and Fido will love walking around the campground, but your pooch needs to stay on a leash and be sure to clean up after your pup.
Another popular destination for residents and visitors is Plaza Blanca near the Rio Chama hills. O’Keeffe made the area popular with the paintings showing the amazing landscapes. Although the center is located on private land, visitors are welcome to hike throughout and enjoy the scenery. Your pooch will need to stay on his leash, but you can walk along the almost 2 miles of trails and will often see other hikers out enjoying the sunrise or sunset on the property. Remember to bring plenty of water bottles and your own doggie waste bags.
Just twenty miles south of Abiquiu, Valdez Park is located in the small town of Española. Plan a trip with the family and check out the park where Fido can have a puptastic time running around the open area and the kids can play on the playground. After getting some exercise, relax on one of the benches and enjoy a cool drink of water. If you need a pooch-friendly place to stay in the area, The Inn at Delta will allow three pets for an additional fee. Or you can check out the Rodeway Inn where your pooch is welcomed with an advance reservation.
A fun adventure with your pup awaits just 30 minutes from Abiquiu at the Black Mesa Winery in Velarde. Get cultured and sample some of the fine wines of New Mexico as you and your pooch wander around the winery, or if you make a reservation in advance, your pup is welcome on the guided tour. You can relax in the shaded seating to enjoy one of the over 25 different wines produced while Fido laps up some water. Although your pooch cannot join you in the Tasting Room, there is plenty of seating outdoors where you can chat with friends.
About 30 miles northeast of Abiquiu, you can find the pet-friendly RV Campground at Oja Caliente. The campground offers both RV and tents sites with clean facilities and a nice bathhouse. Your pooch can walk with you around the campground, but he needs to stay on a leash. A great place to take the family to dinner is Taos Trail Inn. There are 40 pooch-friendly outdoor tables where you can relax and enjoy steak, fish or a variety of vegetarian options. You will also want to try out the local brew while Fido enjoys a bowl of water.