Tucumcari is an iconic little "Route 66 town" in New Mexico where Spanish and Western cultures meet. The surrounding area is beautifully desolate, and Tucumcari serves as a hub for rural New Mexico ranchers. This once nearly abandoned town is now experiencing growth and revival. It draws in tourists for it’s kitschy motels and shops, legends surrounding the area, and nearby natural beauty. If your dog should get injured as you explore this town together, head over to one of the three veterinary clinics right in town.
One of the area's most recognized natural landmarks is Tucumcari Mountain. The mountain has a “T” painted on the side of it overlooking the town. This mountain inspired the mesa overlooking Radiator Springs in the popular animated movie Cars. Some locals and visitors climb up the side of the mountain. It’s a challenging hike and there are no amenities, but the views from the top are worth it! Be sure you to keep your dog leashed, picked up after, and hydrated!
If you’re looking for a place to crash after all your adventures, no need to go far! The Quality Inn Tucumcari welcomes two pets up to 50 lbs for a small additional fee. Be sure to call ahead and reserve a pet-friendly room!
With all of these pet friendly things you do, you and your dog will feel right at home in Tucumcari!
The busy City Center of Tucumcari has its share of friendly urban parks to relax in. Some of these options include Original Town Park, George Molinas Park, and Northside Park. Be sure to add one of these parks to your route on your morning walk with Fido! All three parks are similar, including grassy areas and shade trees, picnic areas, and playground equipment. Dogs are welcome too of course, as long as they stay leashed and you stoop and scoop when necessary. After working up an appetite, head over to Watson’s BBQ. At this restaurant you can enjoy some delicious southwest barbecue next to your canine companion at one of the outdoor dog friendly tables.
The neighborhood of Hargis is home to Dunn Park, one of the favorite places in Tucumcari for pets and their humans to get together. Here you can make furry friends, and enjoy some sun and fresh air. This family friendly park has a playset and merry-go-round that children enjoy. There are also athletic fields, and plenty of grassy areas that your pooch will love to dig his toes into. This park offers some great picnic spots, with covered tables and barbecue grills. Leashed dogs are welcome, but don’t forget the waste bags and dog treats for your good boy or girl! If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in this neighborhood, head over to La Quinta Inn Tucumcari. They welcome two pets of any size for no additional fee or deposit.
To enjoy an oasis in the desert, head over to the Ute Lake State Park in the nearby town of Logan. This state park is only a 25 minute drive northeast of Tucumcari. Here you can find a 13 mile reservoir, one of the longest lakes in the state, along the Canadian River. The lake gives plenty of opportunity for water sports, with hiking and camping in the surrounding area. The Ute Lake Nature Trail is a 1.75 mile network of primitive trails with lookout points and benches. The trail overlooks the campgrounds and passes by a canyon with some interesting geological features. If you want to spend a night under the stars with your best pal, you’re in luck. The park offers developed and primitive campsites. Leashed dogs are welcome throughout the park as long as they leave only paw prints!
Just a 35 minute drive northwest into the neighboring town of Conchas Dam brings you to another puppy paradise. The Conchas Lake State Park is a pawfect place to get away from it all. This park features miles of shoreline along the Canadian River and the Conchas River portions of the lake. Along these shorelines you’ll find secluded coves, canyons, and sandy beaches to hike along. If you want to stay here for a while, check out one of the 200 campsites in the park, some of which even overlook the lake. Dogs of all shapes and sizes are welcome to stay at the campsite for no additional fee, as long as they stay leashed, are picked up after, and don’t disturb other campers. There’s even a dog walking area in the campground.
In the nearby town of Santa Rosa, you can find a great blue gem in the middle of the desert, the Blue Hole Recreation Spot. The Blue Hole is just a 50 minute drive west of Tucumcari along Route 66. This lake is connected underground by a vast system of water. The lake is 82 feet deep, and the water changes every 6 hours due to the underground water system. Dogs are not allowed in the water, but are welcome in the surrounding area and along the nature trail. You’ll be able to enjoy gorgeous views of the sapphire lake against the backdrop of red mesas. If you want to stick around in Santa Rosa, check into the Best Western Santa Rosa Inn. They welcome two dogs up to 80 pounds each for a small additional fee.