Almost 70,000 people call Santa Fe, New Mexico home, and almost 20,000 of those households own a companion pet. This adds up to more than 35,000 pets living in Santa Fe, so the town has a variety of things for you to do with your furbabies while you are here. Getting outside is imperative, especially if you're visiting n the summer, so be sure to enjoy the many local parks, view some great natural attractions, dine at one of the pet loving restaurants, and then get some rest at one of the pet-friendly hotels in the city.
Both the Santa Fe Animal Shelter Dog Park on Caja Del Rio Road and the Frank Ortiz Off-Leash Dog Park on Camino de Las Crucitas are beautiful parks that your pooches can explore. The Hyde Memorial State Park on Hyde Park Road allows dogs but they have to stay on a leash. There’s also a bunch of hikes you can take with your furry friend if you are the hiking type. Santa Fe is known for its amazing mountain views and breathtaking views from the top. The trail at Borrego is in an alpine forest that dogs love to explore. After making it to the top, you will see a pristine alpine lake like you have never seen before.
After the parks and the hike you dine at the Counter Culture on Baca Street, the Atomic Grill on Water Street, or Cowgirl BBQ on Guadalupe Street. They have steak, Tex-Mex, and outdoor music. The Atomic Grill on East Water Street has free Wi-Fi and more than 100 kinds of beer! Then you and the family can rest in one of the pet-friendly hotels like The Inn of the Five Graces or Las Palomas Santa Fe. Enjoy your stay in Santa Fe!
The Frank S. Ortiz Dog Park is a paradise for dogs of any breed, age, and enthusiasm level. The whole park is 135 acres where your dog is allowed to be off leash and having fun. People from all over Santa Fe and beyond come to this park, but it’s the residents of Camino La Tierra who are most proud of their park. A note of caution: the park is not fenced, so dogs without good recall should only be let off leash deeper into the park, and away from cars. Remember to bring water for dogs and humans!!
If you’re looking for a different experience with your dog, head to City Center in Santa Fe for an art gallery experience like nothing your dog has seen before. The Andrew Smith Gallery is a restored Victorian era home turned into a feast for the eyes. It houses historic, classic, and contemporary photographs. While your dog might not see the appeal (most dogs prefer life action art to photography), they’re sure to love beating the Santa Fe heat with a trip indoors! Leashed dogs are welcome, and popular, in the Andrew Smith Gallery.
If you don’t want to step out of the heart of Santa Fe, you don’t have to. There’s a lot to see in this beautiful city, and the State Capitol neighborhood shines. You can start with a guided tour by Santa Fe Mountain Adventures and Walkabouts, which offers tours inside and outside the heart of the city. Leashed dogs under 100 lbs are welcome to join the tour! Nearby the Walkabout Headquarters is Sante Fe Railyard Park, a remodeled railroad area that now features 13 acres of trails and green space, perfect for when your dog needs a break fro the city streets. The park does host events, and there is a train still in use, so be aware if your dog is sensitive to noise.
The neighborhood of Auga Fria in Santa Fe has two gorgeous places for dogs to stretch their legs. The first is the incredible Santa Fe Animal Shelter Park. This park, hosted by the animal shelter, provides lots of fenced in space for dogs to run and play. There are separate areas for large and small dogs, and a few single-use runs. These runs are for dogs who need to run, but aren’t friendly enough to put in with the pack. Auga Fria Park is more central to the neighborhood, and free for on-leash walking when you just need to burn some energy.