Experience the New and Old West
If you are looking for a warmer winter destination spot
for your vacation, you might consider visiting Tucson. The daytime temperature
averages 73 degrees in November and 65 degrees in December. Tucson is
located at an elevation of 2,400 feet above sea level and sits up against
the Santa Catalina mountain range which goes up to about 9,000 feet.
The dry desert air combined with the warm sunshine makes this town a
popular winter resort. But what really makes it a nice getaway is the
fact that there are many dog-friendly places around town that welcome
you and your pooch.
If you are visiting from out of town, there are a good
selection of places to stay which range from economical motels to upscale
resorts.The less expensive accommodations are the Motel 6s, Comfort
Inns and a Best Western Inn. For those looking for a mid-range priced
hotel, try the Windmill Inn at St. Philip's Plaza. They welcome your
four-legged friend, which is nice to know after a long drive to Tucson.
Each room is a 500 square foot 2 room suite, with a wet bar, microwave,
refrigerator, 2 color televisions, 3 phones, full bath, sleeper sofa,
and a desk area. More amenities include an outdoor heated pool and spa,
free local phone calls, guest laundry, and free use of guest board games,
library books and guest bicycles (if one of you can stay behind with
the pooch). There is also an 8 mile walking, jogging and bicycling path
right behind the inn's parking lot, called the Rillito River Trail.
Leashed dogs are allowed on the trail. Room rates during November are
approximately $100 per night. There is no extra charge for pets, which
is always a good plus. If your budget can afford a higher priced room
rate, try the Westward Look Resort which is located on 80 desert acres
and offers tennis courts, swimming pools and a few walking paths. Room
rates during November average about $160 to $200 per night and there
is an extra $50 one time pet fee per stay. You can also try the Loew's
Ventana Canyon Resort which welcomes your pooch with a "Loew's
Loves Pets" program. Upon arrival, your pooch will receive some
treats and you will receive a list of pet-friendly attractions, restaurants
and more. Rooms rates during November start at an average of $160 to
$200 per night and pets are free.
There are many dog-friendly attractions in Tucson that
await you and your best friend. The first one, located in Tucson Mountain
Park, is Old Tucson Studios. This outdoor studio offers "Hollywood"
stunt shows, re-enacted gunfights and more. You can view spots in this
Old West town where popular Wild West films were shot. There are also
many shops in the town that offer authentic western wear, gifts, books
and collectibles. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are allowed at this outdoor
studio and inside the retail stores. Admission rates are about $15 per
person. The second attraction is Kitt Peak National Observatory, located
just outside of Tucson. Kitt Peak has the largest collection of optical
telescopes in the world. They allow dogs on various telescope tours
including a tour of their largest, the 4 meter telescope. Pick up a
map at the Visitor Center and take the self-guided tour between 9am
and 4pm. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are also welcome on the one hour
guided tour. The guided tours are at 10am, 11am and 1:30pm. Admission
and tours are free, but donations at the Visitor Center are welcome.
Dogs are welcome inside the telescope buildings and the Visitor Center.
Please note that dogs are not allowed at Kitt Peak's evening programs.
The third attraction worth mentioning is the Pima Air and Space Museum
in Tucson. This museum has over 250 aircraft on display on 80 acres.
Dogs are allowed at the outdoor exhibits at this air museum. Please
have your pooch take care of business before entering the outdoor museum.
If your dog is looking for a nice path or park, try the
Rillito River Trail, located north of downtown Tucson. This popular
paved trail follows the river and is about 8 miles long. If you go to
the trail on a hot day, go early in the morning or early in the evening
when the ground is not too hot for your pooch's paws. Pets must be leashed.
A popular section of the trail is located between La Cholla Blvd. and
Campbell Avenue, along the Rillito River. There is a parking lot and
restrooms available near La Cholla Boulevard. If your dog wants to romp
leash-free, then try the Christopher Columbus Park Dog Run. There is
almost 15,000 square feet of enclosed space for your pooch to run without
a leash. About 5,500 square feet of the dog run has grass. Other doggie
amenities include doggie bags, water, trees, and more. It is located
at 600 North Silverbell Road.
If all of this exercise makes you work up an appetite,
there are a variety of outdoor restaurants to choose from. Ric's Cafe
in northern Tucson allows well-behaved leashed dogs at their outdoor
patio. This restaurant serves American dishes with a southwest flare.
Choose from salads, sandwiches, seafood, pastas and more. They also
feature live jazz and blues music on the patio on Wednesday, Friday
and Saturday nights. Other restaurants with dog-friendly outdoor seats
include Mama's Famous Pizza and Heros on North Oracle Road., The Olive
Tree Restaurant on East Tanque Verde Road, and the Firecracker on North
Whether you stay for a weekend or a week, you and your
dog will find plenty to do and see in Tucson. If you have some extra
time, take a drive out to Tombstone, Arizona,
to visit a real Old Western town.
For more information:
Ventana Canyon Resort, 7000 N Resort Dr, Tucson, AZ, 520-299-2020
Westward Look Resort, 245
East Ina Road, Tucson, AZ, 520-297-1151, 800-722-2500
Inn at St Philip's Plaza, 4250 N Campbell Ave, Tucson, AZ, 520-577-0007,
For more dog-friendly lodging in Tucson, look
Kitt Peak National
Observatory, Hwy 386, Tohono O'Odham Reservation, AZ, 520-318-8726
Old Tucson Studios, 201 S. Kinney
Road, Tucson, AZ, 520-883-0100
Pima Air and Space Museum, 6000
East Valencia Road, Tucson, AZ, 520-574-0462
For more dog-friendly attractions in Tucson, look
Christopher Columbus Park Dog Run, 600 N. Silverbell Rd., Tucson, AZ,
Rillito River Trail, La Cholla Blvd, Tucson, AZ, 520-877-6000
Firecracker, 2990 North Swan Road, Tucson, AZ, 520-318-1118
Mama's Famous Pizza and Heros, 7965 North Oracle
Rd, Tucson, AZ, 520-297-3993
Olive Tree Restaurant, 7000 East Tanque Verde
Rd, Tucson, AZ, 520-298-1845
Ric's Cafe, 5605 River Road, Tucson, AZ, 520-577-7272
For more dog-friendly restaurants in Tucson, look