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Dexter is a small town in Chavez County, less than half an hour from Roswell, New Mexico. This town definitely keeps things simple, but there is still plenty to do and see around the area if you know where to look! Bottomless Lakes State Park is 23 minutes to the north of Dexter. The trip to this gorgeous state park, complete with a swimming area, miles of hiking trails, and views of underwater caverns, is well worth it. Dogs are permitted to join you on the trails or on the beach.
There are no animal hospitals in Dexter, but there are several just twenty minutes away in nearby Roswell. While in the town of Roswell, you will find the Woof Bowl Dog Park is a pupperific off-leash area with watered lawns, fenced-in areas for both large and smaller dogs to run and play, shade trees, and even a water fountain just for pups! There are plenty of waste disposal stations with waste bags included in case you forget yours. Make sure you observe basic courtesy rules when enjoying the dog park, including keeping a leash handy and separating your dog if you notice he is getting too rowdy with others.
You and your handsome hound will fall head over paws for Dexter and its surrounding areas!
Lake Van is a great community spot to take the whole family, including your pups! It is about a half-mile from the center of Dexter, and is a sight for sore eyes in this small town for sure! The lake itself is stocked throughout the year for fishing. There's a small boat launch area and a dock for fishing. Dogs are welcome on-leash. There is also plenty of room to walk around the perimeter of the lake. There are campgrounds nearby if you want to bring your RV for a full weekend adventure. Just don't forget your waste bags in your backpack!
Just 35 minutes away from Dexter, on the outskirts of the city of Roswell, you will find the simply puptastic Bitter Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. This large wildlife area is home to birds and small mammals. Your dog is welcome to walk the miles of trails with you while exploring the lakes and the puptastic scene around you. It is best to go during the spring and summer months, when the landscape is green, so that you can see some of the rare birds that use this area as a migration rest stop. You will want a camera and plenty of drinking water for this pupperific adventure!
The Salt Creek Wilderness is on the northern end of the Bitter Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. This wild and beautiful spot is about 40 minutes away from Dexter, and it is well worth the drive if you want to see natural sinkholes that are now filled with water from the nearby rivers. You will find plenty of walking trails where you and your dog are welcome to explore as long as your pup is on a leash. You will need plenty of water and waste bags with you for this trip, and make sure you are wearing sunscreen in the harsh New Mexican sun!
Hagerman is a sleepy little town just 15 minutes from Dexter. This town has the essentials, in addition to Lake Tolliver, where you and your dog can stop for a quick stroll before heading home. The lake is frequented by other dog walkers, so make sure you keep your pet leashed and you are mindful of other dogs as you enjoy the spot. The Pecos River is just a few minutes from town and is a historical place to check out if you are looking for a quiet and simple weekend adventure. Don't forget to bring plenty of water and waste baggies!
Central Dexter is a quiet little town with its own school and local grocery stores. You will find plenty of dog lovers walking their dogs throughout the town's streets. Many of them will be heading over to the Hagerman Canal, a manmade water source used to move water for various agricultural purposes, from growing crops to watering the many dairy farms in the area. You will need to keep your dog on-leash if you plan on walking along the canal. Swimming is not allowed, but pictures are! Your dog will enjoy spending the extra time with you, and you will enjoy the rejuvenating sight of the waterway!
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