A temperate climate and days filled with sunshine are waiting for you in Capitan, a village in the very heart of historic Lincoln County in New Mexico. This is a small rural residential community surrounded by ranches and set between the Capitan and Sacramento Mountains. There isn't much here for pet owners in terms of amenities, but the surroundings have more options for outdoor, pet-friendly activities. No need to worry about travelling out of town to find top-notch vet care, though -- Capitan has its own veterinarian who will take good care of your pooch in case of accident or emergency.
Ruidoso Dog Park is the closest pet-friendly facility you can visit with your pooch. Enjoy a 15-minute ride south to Alamogordo and prepare yourself for hours of off-leash fun and plenty of tail-waggers to play with, bark at, and befriend! You will also find another great spot for off-leash playtime close to Alamogordo’s city center, at Fairgrounds Road. This place is way more popular, and has an extensive area with grass and drinking water facilities for pups.
If you're into camping, there are plenty of RV parks and recreation complexes for travelers dotted around Alto. Don't forget to book your spot in advance, and follow the rules for visitors with pets: dogs must stay on-leash at all times.
Elephant Butte State Park is the state’s largest park located near Elephant Butte, a city in Sierra County, New Mexico. Centered on Rio Grande Lake, the park has the best facilities for hiking, picnicking, and fishing. You're welcome to explore the park with your leashed buddy, hitting walking trails and checking out Elephant Butte Dam. This place nurtures the agricultural community in the area, protecting the citizens from floods and offering picturesque views for travelers. Make your adventure even better at Turtle Back Mountain Resort Café, which has pet-friendly outdoor tables that offer a scenic view of the park. Don't forget to bring waste bags and a water bowl!
Located on the edge of the Chihuahuan Desert, Las Cruces is one of the major cities in the state with a colorful downtown area featuring plenty of recreation areas, shopping venues, historic and cultural places, as well as a dog park and several pet-friendly cafes! Las Cruces Dog Park is located in the very heart of the city, next to Car Racing Track and Las Cruces State Park. This is an extremely pawpular spot for dog owners, so you'd be barking mad not to visit with Fido! This fenced park has plenty of space to run, and offers shaded areas and drinking water. You'll need to bring your own waste baggies, though.
Roswell is a bustling city in southeastern New Mexico, luring thousands of tourists year-round to the renowned site of an alleged UFO crash in 1947. Not surprisingly, Roswell’s downtown features a UFO Museum, which is open to visitors from all over the world, including those who have four legs and fur! International UFO Museum and Research Center is pet-friendly and allows dogs inside the building, on the grounds, and inside the gift shop. Apart from cultural entertainment, downtown Roswell is also home to Tinnie Mercantile Store & Deli, a gourmet food store with outdoor tables for pooches. Dine in, or grab some delicious delicacies to enjoy at home!
Leaving behind Rowsell’s Downtown, enjoy a short ride north, to the outskirts of the city. This part of town features extensive recreation areas and public parks with several cafes and even a museum of contemporary art. Turn onto North Grand Avenue, which will lead you to a hidden gem – Woof Bowl Dog Park. This is a fully-fenced, pet-friendly facility where your buddy can go wild off-leash. Comfortably shaded, the park is split into two areas for small and large pooches, and has drinking water facilities in each as well as seating. All you need to bring are some waste bags. The park is located next to Woof Bowl Football Stadium.
East Lea Street is located in the southern part of Carlsbad and adjourned to Carlsbad Dog Park resting on the banks of Lower Transill Reservoir. This cool, pet-friendly facility features two separate areas for small and large breeds, lots of shades to relax and plenty of space to run with peers. Conveniently set between two major arterial streets, the park is surrounded by many dining places and shopping venues, including simple drive-ins for tired travelers who prefer the comfort of their cars more than outdoor tables. Your buddy will be happy to make new friends around, so come by during the busy hours – late afternoon or in the evening.