South Valley is a moderate-sized town just south of Albuquerque, New Mexico. There are three veterinary services in the area, which provide both routine and emergency care for resident and visiting pups. Most of the dog-friendly amenities available in the surrounding areas of South Valley can be found in Albuquerque.
The Flying Star Cafe is a local chain and is especially popular with dog owners. The restaurants have outdoor "petios" (pet-friendly patios) and offer water and treats for your dog. The menu includes all-day breakfast, salads, burgers, sandwiches, enchiladas, and fish and chips. Since Flying Star Cafe operates with counter service only, you'll have to leave Fido outside while you order and pay for your food.
Sandia Crest Trail No. 130S is a great hike located on the backside of the Sandia Mountains. This trail is a beginner/intermediate level hike, because there are some some steep hills, and it’s also pup-friendly! The whole hike leads to the beautiful Sandia Crest. Make sure to bring water, as there is no drinking water available.
Gecko's Bar & Tapas is a local hangout. Feel free to bring your dog here, and he'll enjoy being treated to fresh water and maybe even a yummy treat. The menu features shrimp and scallop ceviche and smoked kielbasa, plus soup, salads, sandwiches, and chipotle chicken wings.
If you are in need of a dog park, check out North Domingo Baca Dog Park. This large park has sections for large and smaller dogs, plus wood chip ground cover, trees, awnings, and benches.
Interested in the history of Albuquerque? If so, you're in luck! The ABQ Trolley Co. allows well-behaved, leashed pets to join their humans on an 85-minute narrated tour aboard an open-air trolley.
South Valley is part of the metropolitan area of Albuquerque. Rio Grande Triangle Dog Park is located at 1451 Kit Carson Avenue SE. This dog park is average in size with a combination of dirt, grass, and wood for a surface. The dog park has water buckets and spigots. A few chairs and benches provide a place for the human companions. Rio Grande Dog Park stays open in the evening and is well-lit. Tower Pond Park is another park in the area. This park has a dog park with three separate fenced enclosures. One is set aside for large dogs, one for small, and a third is rotated for maintenance. Covered benches provide shade for human companions.
The Sunport neighborhood of South Valley/Albuquerque caters to the traveler. Restaurants and hotels comprise a big part of the space and economy of this neighborhood. Sheraton Hotel, located at 2910 Yale Blvd., is dog-friendly. Two dogs of 40 pounds or less can stay for no additional fee. Dog-friendly rooms are set aside on the fourth floor of this airport hotel. TownePlace Suites located at 2400 Centre Avenue SE welcomes three dogs of any size for an additional fee of $100 per stay. Best Western located at 2400 Yale Blvd.accommodates two dogs up to 80 pounds for an additional fee of $20 per dog per stay.
Old Town, or Downtown, Albuquerque has numerous shops and places to eat. Ouray Dog Park is located just east of the downtown neighborhood, at 7500 Ouray NW. Water is available. Ouray is open from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. Coronado Dog Park is a fully fenced dog park located at 301 McKnight NW. Coronado is open from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m., but there are no lights in this dog park. Water is available. Cafe Laurel, located at 1433 Central Ave. Cafe, has dog-friendly patio seating, and serves a variety of sandwiches and egg dishes for lunch and dinner.
The Taylor Ranch neighborhood is located north of South Valley and in the western corner of Albuquerque. Santa Fe Village Dog Park is located at 5700 Bogart NW. This dog park has an area for small dogs and one for large. The surface is made of dirt (dust) and wood chips, but the dogs don’t seem to mind. Water is available on-site. Waste bags and receptacles are in ready supply. This dog park is well-lit, and is open from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. The rest of the park includes some grassy areas for on leash walking, a playground, and a shelter for picnics.
Paradise Hills is in the northwest corner of Albuquerque. This neighborhood is a growing one with many things for dogs and their people to do. Bud Warren and Lady Dog Park is located at 10001 Universe N.W. This dog park is open from 6 a.m until 10 p.m. It does not have lights, though. Water and water buckets are available on-site. This dog park was built by retaining as much of the original topography as possible -- it’s not one large, flat area. The dog park has a separate area for small dogs, and on the large enclosure side there are a few obstacle course pieces. Benches and sheltered areas for human companions are scattered throughout.