Sometimes I get asked if I have any children, with which I’ll quickly reply “yes, my four-legged fur child is my world!” I will take her with me wherever possible: happy hour – where I will seek out a dog friendly patio; Home Depot - she sniffs out the best plants; the post office - I can probably use her drool for the stamp. If there is one time I feel most guilty leaving her behind, it is on vacation. If you are a crazy dog mom (or dad) like me, don’t leave your pup behind while visiting Mesa. Here are some dog friendly activities you and your furry friend can enjoy.
Peralta Trail – Superstition Mountains
This hiking adventure in the Superstition Wilderness has been dog tested and approved (by my Rhodesian Ridgeback/Lab mix, Pyper). Peralta Trail offers spectacular views of the Arizona desert, as well as plenty of shade and vegetation throughout the first half of the hike. This 4.9 mile out and back trail will be enjoyed by humans and dogs alike (just remember to keep Fido on the leash!) Follow your hike all the way to Fremont Saddle, which will give you uninterrupted views of Weaver’s Needle. Allot 3- 3.5 hours for this moderate to difficult hike.
Directions to trailhead: From Mesa, take the US 60 East out towards Gold Canyon. Turn left on to FS77 (Peralta Road). Continue on Peralta Road for approximately 7.5 miles until you reach the trailhead parking lot. Most of this road is unpaved, but easily accessible even with a car.
Check out Joe’s Farm Grill for a pet friendly patio and some yummy eats! Menu items are made with locally-sourced food coming straight from Agritopia next door. The salads looked delicious, but I opted for the BBQ Bacon Blue Burger knowing Pyper would not stand for a bite of lettuce. We enjoyed my burger so much that we are sure to come back to have a taste of the breakfast menu!
If you head out for the day without your four-legged friend to explore what Mesa has to offer, you may need to take them to Quail Run Dog Park in the evening to get out some of that energy! I recently took Pyper here for the first time and she just couldn’t get enough of it. There are plenty of trees for shade, a separate area for timid dogs, and a doggie water fountain. If you have fur-less children, there is a playground right next to the dog park so everyone can have some fun! Quail Run Dog Park is open from sunrise to 10:00pm, but closed on Thursdays for maintenance.
My dog tends to use my feet as her pillow, but both you and your pup can rest your heads easily at Sheraton Mesa Hotel at Wrigleyville West. This pet friendly hotel has all of the amenities to make a relaxing and enjoyable stay for humans including a resort-style pool, fitness center, full service salon, and delicious dining. Bonus: Riverview Park is right outside your door for a morning walk!
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