Restaurants, hiking trails and more that allow dogs | Tucson Life

Restaurants, hiking trails and more that allow dogs |  Tucson Life

Editor’s Note: This story was originally published in 2022 and was updated on February 9, 2024.

Tucson’s spring weather means it’s the perfect time to take your furry friend along on all your outdoor (and some indoor) adventures. Here are some pet-friendly places in Tucson to explore with your dog.

*Remember to follow the policies of these sites to help ensure the safety of your dog, yourself and those around you. In most places, dogs must remain on a leash. Of course, make sure to bring a water bowl, food, and some bags while out and about, just in case!*

Freelance photographer Debbie Angel captures colors in the Bear Walu region of the Santa Catalina Mountains with her dog Sophie.

Outdoor spaces and hiking trails ⛰️

  • Agua Caliente Park and Loop Trail, 12325 E Roger Rd. If you want something a little more intense hiking for you and your pup, check out the Agua Caliente Loop Trail not far from the park.
  • catalina State Park, 11570 n. Oracle Road. Leashed dogs are welcome on all trails at Catalina State Park, according to their website. There are eight trails to choose from, ranging from three-quarters of a mile to nine miles.
  • Enchanted, 2905 E. Skyline Dr. Leashed dogs are welcome to roam the La Encantada outdoor shopping center.
  • the ring, Check the map here. The Chuck Hukelberry Loop allows leashed pets on the trail, but they must remain under control and not be allowed to cross the center line, according to The Loop’s guidelines.
  • Madeira Canyon. Take a trip south of Tucson to Madeira Canyon. They have picnic areas for you and your pup to enjoy a quick snack and take a break from exploring.
  • Mount Lemon. Don’t forget to stop at Mt. Lemon Cookie Cabin and get a treat for yourself.

John and Kathy Mulligan of Tucson sit with their dogs Max, left, and Willie in Canyon del Oro Wash in Catalina State Park on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 in Tucson, Arizona. They were having lunch before taking a hike on the Canyon Loop Trail.

Here are some pet-friendly hiking trails in Tucson, according to, a popular website that helps hiking enthusiasts find new (and old) favorite trails. Just like other outdoor spaces, your dog should be on a leash while walking too!

Note: Leashed dogs are only allowed on the paved trails in Saguaro National Park! Here are a couple:

For more directions to Saguaro National Park, check the National Park Service website.

Rosie’s Barket offers DIY dog washing stations, as well as dog treats, toys and other dog-related items.

Indoor places🛁

  • bookmans, 6230 E. Speedway and 4841 N. Stone Ave. Bookmans is another dog-friendly place in Tucson. Make sure to keep your furry friend on a leash while visiting the thrift store. You can also catch adoptable dogs looking for their furry home at Bookmans during one of their adoption events.
  • rosie barkett, 7960 n. Oracle Road. Rosie’s Barket, now in Oro Valley, offers DIY baths for your dogs (and other pets!). They have a variety of shampoos and conditioners to choose from so your pet can leave looking and feeling their best. They also have a store with adorable dog charms!
  • club-n-donuts, 7743 E Broadway. You can find homemade cakes, cupcakes, and other sweets at this local dog bakery. You can also pick up some desert-themed toys and accessories for your dog while you’re there.
  • cones for bones, 6121 E Broadway. This dog ice cream shop offers dog-safe frozen treats in a variety of flavors. You can also host a burlesque birthday party here.
  • tucson dogs, 3805 River Rd. This membership-based indoor dog park has plenty of space for your pup to run, as well as televisions and other events and activities specifically for humans.

Wendy Weiner walks in the cactus garden at the Tucson Botanical Gardens with her adopted dog, 1-year-old Oakley.

Activities 🌼

  • degrazia gallery in the sun, 6300 N Swan Rd. DeGrazia’s Gallery in the Sun is a “10-acre National Historic District, designed and built by renowned Arizona artist Ettore Ted DeGrazia,” according to the gallery’s website. Leashed dogs are welcome at the show.
  • Pima Air and Space Museum 6000 E. Valencia Rd. “Leashed pets are allowed inside the buildings and on the museum’s outdoor grounds,” according to the Pima Air & Space website. However, service animals are only allowed in the restaurant and on the tram tour.
  • Tucson Botanical Gardens (seasonally), 2150 N. Alvernon Road. Tucson Botanical Gardens allows all dogs on leashes from June through September. Only service dogs are allowed to visit from October to May. Service dogs are free to enter the museum, while entry for leashed dogs from June through September costs $5 per day or you can purchase a seasonal dog membership, according to the parks website.

Eric Hoffman, right, plays fetch with his 9-month-old doodle Norman Hoffman inside the dog park at Naranja Park, 810 W. Naranja Drive, in Oro Valley.

Dog parks 🐕

Tucson has several outdoor dog parks, where your dogs can run freely in a fenced area to play fetch, sniff, and socialize with other dogs. Some local dog parks have separate areas for large and small dogs.

For a list of city-owned dog parks, visit the Tucson Parks and Recreation website. For a list of dog parks in Pima County, visit the county website.

Oro Valley also has two dog parks, including Naranja Park (pictured above). For a list of dog parks in Oro Valley, check out their Parks and Recreation website.

Pima County currently has a leash law, which means all dogs must be leashed in parks and public areas.

Garrett, below left, a 14-year-old standard poodle, greets 10-month-old Newfoundland Marnie while her owners enjoy breakfast at Bisbee Breakfast Club, 410 N. Wilmot Road.

Restaurant and bar patios 🌭

Pima County requires “pet-friendly” food establishments to obtain a pet-friendly patio permit. Here are some restaurants and bars that allow pets, according to their websites and social media, or were said to be pet-friendly in previous Arizona Daily Star coverage.

If you’re not sure if your favorite restaurant or bar allows pets on their patio, call and ask before you head out! 🙂

  • Baja Cafe, 7002 E Broadway and 2970 N Campbell Ave.
  • barrio brewing, 800 E 16th Street
  • bisbee breakfast club, 410 n. Wilmot Road.
  • boca taco and tequila, 533 n. Fourth Avenue.
  • borderlands brewing, 119 E. Toll Street.
  • box yard, 238 n. Fourth Avenue.
  • cup cafe, 311 H Congress Street
  • eclectic cafe, 7053E. Tanque Verde Road.
  • Jenny’s French Café, 1803 AH Prince Road.
  • Joe Joe, 201 n. court ave.
  • Cappy Bar & Sandwich Place, 2190 n. Wilmot Road.
  • noise, 9121 E. Green Tank Road and 2930 N. Swan Road.
  • san agustin market, 100 S. Avenida del Convento.
  • motosunura brewing company, 1015 S. park ave.
  • MSA addon, 267 S. Avenida del Convento.
  • raging sage coffee roasters, 2458 n. Campbell Street.
  • redesigning, 4340 n. Campbell Street.
  • saguaro corners, 3750 S. Old Spanish Trail.
  • afternoon nap, morning, restaurant, 2500 E. Grant Rd and 7315 N. Oracle Road.
  • true love, 2920 n. Swan Road.

Do you have a favorite pet spot, activity or hiking trail that you’d like to see on the list? Let me know at

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