Recently Bailey and I spent a week sniffing out all the pet-friendly things to do in Flagstaff, Arizona. We found that Flagstaff has a great selection of pet-friendly accommodations, an abundance of dog-friendly restaurants, and wonderful attractions that you and your pup can enjoy together. Whether you’re hiking and camping or relaxing in luxury at a five-star hotel, you’ll find plenty of options to explore.
Here are our favorite pet-friendly things to do in Flagstaff!
The Flagstaff Visitor Center should be your first stop when you arrive in town. Located in the Amtrak station on Route 66 in historic downtown Flagstaff, the staff has the low-down on everything that will be happening during your stay. They can also provide you with advice on local pet-friendly businesses.
Dogs are welcome inside the visitor center, and be sure to pick up free maps for the self-guided walking tours of downtown. Choose from the public art tour, the Route 66 tour, and the “Haunted Flagstaff” tour – or enjoy them all!
Over the last few years, street art has exploded in popularity, and I was delighted with the number of public art exhibits in Flagstaff. There are 119 murals, sculptures, and mosaics, and other works of art around town.
You can print the self-guided art tour, or pick up a copy at the visitor center. Following the tour is a great way to get some exercise and discover Flagstaff with your dog.
Well-traveled dogs know that some of the most dog-friendly spots in town are usually the breweries, and Flagstaff is no exception! It’s becoming known as Arizona’s craft brew city, with nine breweries participating in the Flagstaff Brewery Trail. Five of the eight breweries also serve good food, and pets are welcome at them all!
Pet-friendly breweries in Flagstaff, Arizona:
- Dark Sky Brewing – pets are welcome inside, no food served
- Flagstaff Brewing Company – pets are welcome at the outdoor seating area
- Historic Brewing Company – pets are welcome at the outdoor seating area
- Mother Road Brewing Company’s Butler Brewery – pets are welcome inside, no food served
- Mother Road Brewing Company’s Pike Brewery – pets are welcome inside, no food served
- Wanderlust Brewing Company – pets are welcome inside, no food served
For extra fun, pick up a Brewery Trail Passport and map at the Visitor Center. Get a stamp at each of the nine breweries, and then redeem your passport for a commemorative pint glass when you’re finished.
For humans, trick or treating only comes once a year, but dogs can trick or treat in downtown Flagstaff every day! Many of the businesses in historic downtown Flagstaff are dog-friendly, and Bailey had a great time strolling the sidewalks and checking each establishment for treats.
Some of our favorite shops included the Old Town Shops, Mountain Sports Flagstaff, Bright Side Bookshop, and the newly opened Bow Wow Boutique. (Bailey’s favorite!)
Our trip to Flagstaff was a veritable food-fest! We tried so many amazing dog-friendly restaurants, but our paws-down favorite is diablo burger.
Once voted “Best burger in Arizona,” all of the beef at diablo burger is open range, antibiotic-free, and growth-hormone-free. The burgers are served up with tasty toppings like homemade hatch chile mayo, roasted green chiles, and sharp cheddar.
And don’t even get me started on the Belgian-style fries, with dipping sauce…YUM!
With all of the doggy treats, restaurants, and breweries, it’s a good thing Flagstaff has a lot of outdoor recreation opportunities! One of the coolest spots we found is Arizona Snow Bowl – Flagstaff’s ski resort, just 20 minutes outside of town. In mid-October, the aspens were turning and there was snow at the top!
While dogs are not permitted on the ski lifts, pets on leash are welcome on the many national forest trails in the area. For a easy hike, stop on the way to the Snow Bowl at Aspen Corner and take the trail from there.
For a shorter walk right in town, head to Buffalo Park. What used to be a private wildlife park now is public space, so don’t worry about running into any bison along the way! The 2-mile loop trail leads you on a lovely walk through open fields and pine forests.
For an extra challenge, try the fitness course along the trail with various machines and benches for exercise.
For social dogs visiting Flagstaff, there are two off leash dog parks where you can play with other pups. On the west side of town, Thorpe Park has disc golf, basketball and tennis courts, and picnic areas, in addition to the dog park. You can also catch the Observatory Mesa trail from Thorpe Park.
Bushmaster Park offers another off-leash dog park on the east side of Flagstaff.
Another nice place to walk your dog very close to several Flagstaff hotels is the Riordan Mansion State Historic Park. This is the world’s largest Arts and Crafts style duplexes, and is where one of Flagstaff’s founding families lived in the early 1900’s.
While dogs are not allowed on tours inside the house, pets are welcome to explore the interpretive exhibits around the grounds with their owners. This is a lovely park in a pine forest just a block away from the busy commercial district, and a few minutes from Northern Arizona University campus. (Which is another great place for an urban stroll!)
Have you been to Flagstaff? What dog-friendly spots are your favorites?
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