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Marfa is a small city in the high-desert of Texas, centered between the Big Bend National Park and the Davis Mountains. This city may seem like it’s in the middle of nowhere, but you’ll soon fall in love with the surrounding desert landscape. This city also draws in its share of tourists, being a cultural center for minimalist art. With all of the unique wildlife and nature surrounding this artsy town, Marfa is a great place to live or visit with your pupper.
One of the most fascinating things about Marfa, is the strange and unexplained phenomena of the Marfa Lights. These mysterious lights sometimes appear in different colours, and dance across the desert night sky. You and your doggo can stargaze and enjoy this phenomena at the Marfa Lights viewing area, located in the east end of town along the US 67. Leashed dogs are welcome!
The city of Marfa is ready to show some southern hospitality to the dogs as well! Check out Squeeze Marfa for some delicious smoothies and sandwiches, and dogs are welcome on the outdoor patio. If you and your road dog are just here for a visit, you can stay at the Hotel Saint George. This hotel welcomes up to two dogs for an additional fee. Just be sure to call and let them know in advance!
With all of these things to do within and around town, Marfa is sure to get your dog’s tail wagging!
Marfa is a small town with a single neighborhood, but within the city limits, you can find tons of treats for you and your pup to enjoy! There are two urban parks you can take a stroll through with your pooch. The Coffield Park features two baseball diamonds that your pup is free to sniff and run on while there are no games in play. Amenities also include restrooms and concession stands. The Vizcaino Park is a similar park located in the north end of town. Both of these parks welcome dogs as long as they stay leashed and are picked up after. When you’ve worked up an appetite, head over to Jett’s Grill! They serve tasty American food and have outdoor dog-friendly seating!
To get deep into the rugged beauty of the high desert, check out the Big Bend Ranch State Park. This state park is located south of Marfa along the border of Mexico, in the town of Presidio. Presidio is also a small town with a single neighborhood named after the town. It’s about an hour away, but it’s worth the drive! While many of the backcountry trails in this park don’t allow dogs, they are welcome on the Closed Canyon Trail and the Hoodoos Trail as long as they stay leashed. This park has also been awarded the designation of an International Dark Sky Park, so you may want to stay the night in one of the dog friendly campgrounds! You can choose from backcountry campgrounds or campsite with some basic amenities, all of them offer solitude and pawrific vistas.
The neighboring town of Alpine also has some great green space that you and your dog can enjoy! The City Center neighborhood in Alpine is just a 30 minute drive east of Marfa, and is proud home to the Kokernot Municipal Park. This park is home to what is known as “the best little ballpark in Texas.” The variety of athletic fields gives your energetic pup plenty of opportunity to stretch his legs, as long as there are no games in play on the fields! The park also has some scenic trails and walking paths, some of which are paved. Don’t forget to pack a lunch and dog biscuits, because there are picnic areas as well! Leashed dogs are welcome throughout the park with their owners, as long as they get picked up after. If you want to stay the night in this neighborhood, check in at The Maverick Inn! They allow dogs for an extra fee.
If you and your doggo are itching for some fresh air and exercise in nature, no need to go too far! Just 30 minutes south of Marfa is the Davis Mountain State Park. This 2,709 acre park is located in the small town of Fort Davis. This park will give you a taste of the West Texas Mountains, and offers plenty of hiking, biking, and camping. Your canine companion doesn’t need to feel left out, because leashed dogs are welcome throughout the park. For a taste of the local art, in this same neighborhood you can find the Wild Rose Gallery. Well behaved dogs are welcome inside the gallery with you while you enjoy the art and photography.
A beautiful oasis in the high-desert is just an hour’s drive south of Marfa. Here you can find the Balmorhea State Park. The park can be found in the the small town of Balmorhea. This 45 acres desert park is home to the world’s largest spring fed swimming pool. You and your dog can enjoy the walking paths and picnic areas with views of the crystal clear waters. The park features a nature path that is great for viewing wildlife and the desert wetlands. If you’d like to stay the night, there are 34 campsites available in this park as well. Leashed dogs are allowed in Texas State Parks except for the buildings.
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