The sunny and warm state of Arizona can be equally harsh and beautiful depending on where you go, and state residents often flock to the crystal-clear lakes that the state boasts during the hot summer months. Whether you are interested in boating, fishing, camping, or hanging out on the lake, then any one of Arizona’s lakes should do the trick.
That being said, among the most popular of all of the state’s lakes and state parks is Patagonia Lake State Park, located near the southernmost border of the state only a few minutes away from the United States-Mexico border. Patagonia Lake State Park is made up of over 2,500 acres of land featuring the park’s namesake body of water that draws fishers, boaters, and swimmers from all over the state.
The park is incredibly popular, and regular visitors recommend that you book a campsite or make any reservations far in advance if you want to enjoy the park to the fullest. Although it is often crowded, the entire area is well-policed, and all of the facilities—restrooms, showers, water fountains, and RV hookups—are always kept in excellent condition.
Cabins were recently added to the park’s list of camping options, but the park is known primarily for RV and tent camping. Arizona State Parks and Trails manages Patagonia Lake State Park, and the entire park is dog-friendly provided that dogs stay on a six-foot leash. There are several hikes that you and your dog can explore together, including the Sonoita Creek trail which is popular among dog-lovers.
The campsites feature a small dog walk which reminds visitors to be sure to pick up after their dogs at all times. Dogs are allowed in neither swimming areas nor beaches, so stick to the campsites and trails and keep your dog attended at all times. Visit Patagonia Lake State Park and experience for yourself the joys of being on the lake in the summertime, or come any other time of year and enjoy the natural wilderness of Arizona.