The casual, laid-back town of Bloomfield welcomes doggos just about everywhere, but the real draw for pups in northwestern New Mexico is hiking among Ancestral Puebloan dwellings and unique geologic formations in the great outdoors. The immense open spaces with varying elevations from high plateaus to deep canyon valleys offer plenty of hiking, running, and playing opportunities for you and your fluffy friend. The vast network of canyons here offers sniffers many opportunities to explore and discover the natural and cultural wonders within sight of the Colorado state line. There are no local vets in the small town, but there are 4 just 14 miles west is the city of Farmington
Salmon Park is the most popular park for locals. Spring and summer days find the picnic areas full of family gatherings. This 4.7 acre park has plenty of grassy areas perfect for playing with Fido. There's also tennis courts, a basketball court, playground, and sand volleyball for two-legged companions.
The picturesque San Juan River Valley is a world-class fly fishing destination and features a campground, day use areas and a serene trail along the river. The Vereda Del Rio San Juan River Trail extends from Highway 550 south for almost two miles east of Bureau of Land Management land. Illuminated walking trails, picnic areas and water access here give pups a fun way to spend the day. Adventurous doggos will
love the chance to spot birds and other local wildlife from the shores of the
Bloomfield offers plenty of outdoor fun in the way of hikes, mild weather, and friendly locals. Four-legged visitors will enjoy the dynamic trails that traverse a variety of terrains and landscapes perfect for hiking.
Angel Peak rises just a bit above the plains and sits
in the middle of the San Juan Basin Badlands, a rolling expanse of colorful eroded
cliffs and valleys. The Angel Peak Trail gives hikers and pups easy access to a half-mile dog-friendly
trail loop with a mild elevation increase of only 45 feet. Persistent pups and
their people are rewarded with a
beautiful view of striated rock mesas at the top. Pack in plenty of drinking
water for people and pups, as well as doggy bags. Keep Fido leashed for the
adventure, as the desert wildlife could be dangerous to super sniffers.
Take your pup out for some natural wonder at Arch Rock, one of more than 400 natural rock arch
formations in San Juan County located north of Bloomfield in the town of Aztec. Hikers in the area will also see Anasazi and
Navajo rock art as well as evidence left by early
Spanish explorers and settlers. Bring lots of drinking water for your
hiking pals as well as doggy bags, as there aren’t any waste stations or any
other facilities in the area. Oil and gas field roads access most of the hiking
areas, but they are not well-marked. Cell phone service in the region can be
unpredictable, so pack emergency supplies, a compass, and a GPS or printed map for this adventure!
A pawpular day hike or overnight camping option can be found in Simon Canyon, which contains remnants of ancient human occupation. It’s the pawfect destination for explorers who want to fish, hike and camp in the 3,900 acres of diverse canyon landscapes. The entrance to Simon Canyon is just north of the San Juan River, about three miles west of Navajo Lake. The wilderness area is accessible from a gravel parking lot spotted with picnic tables and a single toilet, but there is no drinking water, so pack plenty along with emergency provisions. After a long day running around and sniffing wildlife and scenery, your pawed pal can crash out with you in a tent under the stars.
The Citizen’s Ditch was dug in 1912, and still carries the city’s water along 42-miles from Navajo Dam to Bloomfield. Trails run parallel to the ditch on both sides, providing humans and canine companions a lovely shaded walk alongside flowing water rich with wildlife, which is a rare find in the desert.
At the Farmers Market, customers can shop for their weekly groceries, find
unique gifts made by local artisans, and enjoy local musical talents. The market’s laid-back atmosphere welcomes leashed and friendly pups. Water is available, but
there are no dog waste stations, so be sure to pack along necessities. Later, you and
your furball can relax together and enjoy a green chile cheeseburger from the
quaint local Blake’s Lotaburger restaurant. Outdoor seating is available underneath
jaunty red and white striped umbrellas, where Fido is welcome to join you for a
Adventure-seeking hikers and their canine companions can find challenging hikes and leisurely walks amongst breathtaking natural landscapes in the Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness Study Area. Hoodoos and sandstone formations line a tributary that stretches along six miles, which is just right for a half-day hike with your favorite puppy pal. It’s important to provide frequent rest breaks and adequate water to combat the effects of altitude and dehydration. Pack along emergency provisions as there are no facilities or water, even at the trailhead. Get ready for your adventure at the Big R Farm & Ranch. This store carries dog food, bedding, toys, treats, and more. If you’d like to spend a night or two camping riverside, River View RV Park has hookups and primitive campsites that welcome four-legged visitors.