area that is now Albuquerque
was occupied by Natives hundreds of
years before Europeans came to North America. Some of this history is
on display at the Petroglyph National Monument just west of town. The
city was named after the Spanish Duke of Alburquerque (the city later
dropped the "r"). It was founded as a Spanish colony in 1706 and still
has many of the buildings in Old Town that were built in the 1700s. As
with most Spanish cities the city was built around a plaza and that
plaza remains in Old Town Albuquerque. Albuquerque is very dog-friendly
and has been ranked high on many dog-friendly lists in the past. It has
very many dog-friendly hotels and has recently benefited from New
Mexico passing a law clarifying that dogs may sit with you at patio
restaurants. Thus there are more restaurants that are dog-friendly here
than ever before.
has loads of pet-friendly hotels
That said, not too many
of them stand out as the exceptionally dog-friendly kind, that offer
the doggy room service, dining, toys and various pet amenities. A nice
hotel to visit with your dog is the Nativo Lodge. It is a Native
American decorated hotel with custom designed guestrooms. The Crowne
Plaza Albuquerque is also pet-friendly as is the Sheraton Uptown Hotel.
Another choice is the Plaza Inn Albuquerque. There are many hotels that
are pet-friendly from all of the major chains in all parts of the city
with multiple La Quinta hotels, Motel 6, Choice Hotels, Best Western,
Drury and IHG hotels. There are many extended stay hotels if you are
relocating to Albuquerque or are staying a long time and want more
space and a kitchen and suite.
were always pretty
easy to find in
Albuquerque. With the recent clarification of New Mexico to allow dogs
at patio restaurants the number of dog-friendly dining choices has
skyrocketed. Annupuma's World Vegetarian Restaurant offers vegetarian
and Indian foods, the Chama River Brewing Company offers Beer and
seafood, steak, pasta and more. There are a number of Flying Star Cafe
restaurants with regional specialties, soup, salad and sandwiches.
O'Neills Irish Pub offers drinks and gluten free selections, among
other choices. For Mexican food, an obvious choice in this part of the
country, there is El Patio de Albuquerque. For other selections and
more information see DogFriendly.com's Restaurant Guide.
If you want your dog to get the flavor of the pre-European settlements
here then take them to the Petroglyph
. Minutes from
downtown and just west of the city, this park has trails to many sites
where ancient writing has been discovered. Despite being at 5,000 feet
it can get very hot here so consider the temperature and the altitude
when planning hikes for you and your dog. The
center of Albuquerque is
. You can walk the shops
and find patio dining here. You can
also take the Albuquerque Museum's Historic Old Town Walking Tour where
you and your dog can tag along for most of the tour that is outdoors.
There are also ghost tours if your dog is good at sniffing out
supernatural beings. Another must see for visitors with or without dogs
a bit out of town and
at higher than 7,000 feet in
the Cibola National Forest. From the parking area you can take about a
ten minute hike on an easy trail to a cave that you can explore with
your dog. Remember to bring a flashlight, or only your dog will
probably see where they're going. After exploring town, take your dog
the Three Dog Bakery at 9821 Montgomery Blvd NE for a treat.
If you want to camp
then there is
Coronado State Park.
Coronado was believed to have passed through here looking for the 7
Golden Cities of Cibola. This park offers tent and dry
and has 210 acres of hikng and hosts the pueblo ruins of Kuana.
There are many great views in the park. Campgrounds for
Trailers and Motorhomes include two KOA campgrounds and the High Desert
RV Park. There are a number of parks
that allow leashed dog throughout
town as well as a number of off-leash dog
where your dog can run
and socialize off-leash.
Places to visit near Albuquerque include Santa
and if you're
traveling east on I-40 Amarillo
Also in New Mexico are Roswell
and the dog-friendly UFO Museum, Touring the Very Large Array Telescope
(where the movie Contact was filmed) and the historic
town of Lincoln
of Billy the Kid fame.