Red Rock Canyon National Area
Las Vegas is one of the most visited destinations in the country. Business conventions, gambling, entertainment, and in recent years even kid's activities has made Las Vegas a spot that many visitors frequent each year. The largest city in Nevada, Las Vegas grew as a gambling center and as the years went by, other entertainment was added. When DogFriendly.com was started in 1998 we had a hard time finding any hotels in the city that would accept dogs. The ones that did were usually small hotels far from the Strip and without casinos. No more. Now, you and your dog can stay on the Strip in some of the fanciest casino hotels in Las Vegas.
Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort
Pet-friendly hotel casinos in Las Vegas include Caesars Palace, Paris, Planet Hollywood, Harrahs, Flamingo, Bally's, Rio and The Quad. These are all run by Caesars and are participants in their "PetStay" Casino program. Two dogs up to 50 pounds each are allowed under this program per room. No other types of pets are allowed. They will also provide you information about dog walking and pet sitting. Also dog-friendly is the Vdara Hotel & Spa, which is smoke free and casino free. They have a room service menu for dogs and there is a dog park nearby.Mandalay Bay is also dog-friendly. The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa is not on the Strip but is on Lake Las Vegas in Henderson and is very dog-friendly. Other Casino Hotels allow smaller dogs, such as the Trump International and the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. For extended stay visitors you can use the Residence Inn Hughes Center near the Strip of other pet-friendly extended stay hotels around Las Vegas and Henderson. If you need to leave your dog for a while during the day or overnight while in Las Vegas there are a few Petsmart Pet Hotels, a Camp Bow Wow and other day and night kennels in town. The pet-friendly hotels can often find you a pet-sitter as well.
If you are planning to camp in the Las Vegas area then you can park your Motorhome or Travel Trailer at the KOA at Circus Circus. Behind the Circus Circus Casino, you can walk to the casino and many other casinos on the Strip. There is also the Oasis Las Vegas RV Resort located just south of the city. If you prefer tent camping then you may want to stay out of town at Red Rock Campground at Red Rock National Rec Area which has beautiful dog-friendly hiking as well. Also available for camping is Lake Mead National Rec Area in Boulder City.
We used to take our dog on a walk on the Strip to see all of the latest casinos, sites and such. You can still do this but the city has now banned dogs from the Strip sidewalk from Noon to 5 am so you will need to take this sightseeing walk in the morning. If you are staying with your dog on the Strip you can go out the back doors of the casinos at any time. For history buffs, you can visit Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort in downtown Las Vegas. You may also visit Historic Spring Mountain Ranch with your dog. Howard Hughes, amoung other celebrities, used to own this property. Dogs are allowed on the outside grounds. For shopping with your dog in Las Vegas, you can visit the District at Green Valley Ranch in Henderson. This upscale outdoor shopping area has a number of dog-friendly stores and restaurants with outdoor patios. The Town Square in Las Vegas is also dog-friendly as are many stores scattered throughout the city. There are many dog-friendly restaurants throughout the city for you and your dog to eat at.
Dogs like the outdoors and there is much for a dog to do outdoors in the Las Vegas area. Keep in mind that summer temperatures often reach beyond 110 degrees and this is too hot for a dog to do much activity. Early morning or late evening may work in the summer. However, a fall, winter or early spring trip to Vegas allows for much dog-friendly hiking and activity. Red Rock Canyon National Area is about 15 miles west of Las Vegas and has many beautiful but hilly dog-friendly trails. Spring Mountain, 35 miles Northwest of Las Vegas includes hikes to Mt. Charleston and other hikes. Temperatures here are often much cooler than in Las Vegas below so your dog may appreciate this. One nice trail is the Mary Jane Falls Trail. Lake Mead National Rec Area covers 1.5 million acres and leashed dogs are allowed. In town, there is Desert Breeze County Park. There are also many fenced dog parks in Las Vegas where your dog can romp and play with other dogs. The Dog Fancier's Park is a 12 acre park to allow people to train their dogs off-leash.