Loa Lunas is a casual, laid-back village that welcomes doggos in every neighborhood park, but the real draw for pups in the Wild West is the chance to hike the trail system. The vast open spaces in the high-mountain desert town offer plenty of hiking, running, and playing opportunities for you and your fluffy friend. The mild weather with almost 300 sunny days per year gives canine companions plenty of good hiking days. Los Lunas also has 11 veterinarian practices as well as an emergency and critical care Pet ER.
One popular play place for pups is the North Bosque Trail along the Rio Grande River. Adventurous doggos will love the four-mile loop with a chance to spot roadrunners and other local wildlife from the trail that follows the ditch bank.
If you're looking for a place to stay with your four-legged friend, you'll find several hotels just off of the aptly named Main Street. You and your puppy pal can catch a pawsome night’s sleep at the Western Skies, Days Inn, or the Quality Inn after a long day of hiking, sniffing, and play.
Los Lunas offers plenty of outdoor fun in the way of hikes, mild weather, and friendly locals. Four-legged visitors and their human companions will enjoy the rich history and dynamic trails in the area.
The El Cerro de Los Lunas Preserve is accessed from the western edge of the this neighborhood. The Trailhead entrance gives hikers and pups easy access to two of the three paved dog-friendly trails. With more than 1,444 acres of natural open space, the preserve’s hiking trails start out at mile-high elevation and increase another 1,000-feet during the climb, rewarding persistent pups and their people with a beautiful view of the Rio Grande Valley from 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.
This newer neighborhood sits in the foothills of El Cerro on the west side of town. Huning Ranch Park is the only park in town with a designated off-leash dog park. The fenced area is for dogs of all sizes and contains agility equipment to practice training and tricks. The large enclosed park is the pawfect place for furry friends to meet, and even includes picnic tables for the two-legged crowd. Grass and paw-friendly hardscape areas provide lots of space for pawcersize. There are doggie bags and a pup-friendly water fountain inside the enclosure, but due to the risk of freezing pipes, the water is disconnected during winter months, so be sure to have some on hand when it’s cold outside.
Before you turn in for the night, head over to Teofilo’s for dinner. Located in the historic Wittwer House which is recognized as a state landmark, the traditional New Mexican restaurant serves up flavorful stuffed sopaipillas covered in red and green chile. Outdoor seating is available on the petio, where you and your furball can relax together and enjoy a beautiful sunset. Don't leave town without trying the iconic Blake's Lotaburger. It is a casual New Mexican eatery known for the green chile cheeseburgers served on a patio underneath jaunty striped umbrellas. Pups are welcome to hang out with their two-legged companions, but don't share your burger - that green chile is too spicy for fluffy friends.
Riverside Park sprawls across seven acres of land near the river. The parking lot adjacent to the main park usually has plenty of spots for visiting tail-waggers and their human companions. The grassy park area is dog-friendly, with a convenient doggy bag station, but no pooch-friendly water fountains, so be sure to pack enough water for Fido. Picnic tables are scattered throughout the main park area for a quick snack or rest between Frisbee tosses. For pups who like to explore further, the Riverside Park Trail heads south of the Main Street Bridge through the Rio Grande Bosque. The trail welcomes wagging walkers on a 2.5 mile round trip adventure.
You and your puppy pal are in for a treat at the San Antonio Park. Five acres of dog-friendly space serves up a whole day of hiking, sniffing, and play. It is a pawfect place for Fido and friends to catch Frisbees and enjoy new smells. For those pups who prefer an on-leash run, a paved walking path circles the grassy park. There are no doggie bag waste stations nor dog-friendly water fountains, so be sure to bring supplies when you visit. Three laps of the trail loop around the park will tire out Fido and net you about 2100 steps on your Fitbit.