Surrounded by the city of El Paso, Fort Bliss is a thriving military base that has just about everything a pet owner could want. There are over 3,000 families living on base in distinct neighborhoods, so your daily walk can wind through different streets every day. Stop off at one of the many covered playgrounds for a rest to get out of the hot Texas sun.
The Fort Bliss Dog Park is where all the fur-parents gather for some frolicking. This fenced, off-leash dog park is located at the corner of Sheridan and Dudley Roads, right beside the Community Center. There is ample parking, and the waste stations are stocked with bags to clean up after your pup. Though water is not provided onsite, you can easily pop into the community center to refill a bottle or bowl.
Two veterinary clinics operate right within the boundaries of Fort Bliss, with over 20 more veterinarians in the surrounding city of El Paso. There is a 24-hour emergency vet just outside the bounds of Fort Bliss, so help is always there when you and your doggo need it.
The community of Fort Bliss is a great place for all of the two and four-legged residents.
On the east side of the city of El Paso, Vista Real East is a quiet residential community that welcomes paws of all sizes. The Pebble Hills Dog Park is the star attraction for the four-legged crowd. Located at the eastern end of Pebble Hills Boulevard, the dog park is the perfect place to let Fido roam. The fenced space for large dogs is very spacious and even features some obstacle course features for agility training and fun! There is also a fenced area for small dogs separate from the large dog area. No water or benches yet, though rumor has it, there are some plans in the works!
Just off Interstate 10 on the west side of El Paso is the Desierto Plaza neighborhood, featuring the Westside Community Park and the Westside Open Reserve. In addition to play structures and fields for the human pups, the city park also features the Westside Dog Park. The two fenced areas for large and small dogs are very spacious and have their own doggie water fountains. There is limited shade, but you can put on the leash and go cool off at the park’s splash pad. The Reserve area features some great, shorter hiking trails for more adventurous tail-wagging.
Just outside of Fort Bliss is the civilian suburb of Album. Eastwood Park, known to many locals as Album Park, is right in the center of the neighborhood with activities for the whole family. The Dog Park inside is fenced and features some agility equipment for a good workout. The area is gravel, so consider booties if your pooch has sensitive paws. The park stocks clean up bags at the entrance and benches for you to relax and enjoy the fun. Bring your own water and enjoy a walk through the rest of the park to cool down after all the action.
Right in the midst of the city center of El Paso, you and your pup will feel right at home with great food, beautiful walks, and luxurious places to rest. Your home base should absolutely be at the Hotel Indigo El Paso Downtown where the gracious staff will cater to every two and four-legged whim. Head next door to 501 Bar & Bistro for happy hour on the patio. If you’re in the mood for finer dining, Café Central with its welcoming patio is just a couple of blocks away. Find a little green in the concrete jungle at San Jacinto Plaza where you can relax on a park bench with a snack or cool off on the splash pad.
The Rim-University neighborhood of El Paso is absolute heaven for the rugged outdoorsy doggo. The biggest feature of the area is Billy Rogers Arroyo, a nature preserve that spans 60 acres. There are plenty of trails, but the best on-leash loop is the Monk’s Trail. You’ll find the trailhead for the nearly two-mile path on North Virginia Street. Be sure to bring plenty of water for you and Fido! Just on the edge of the Arroyo is the trailhead for Palisades Canyon Loop Trail, a more challenging hike for the trailblazing set. With over 1,000 feet elevation gain and a loop of over five miles, this is the ultimate tail-wagging adventure.