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Sydney’s Headed Desert Way, Off to Albuquerque, NM
We four legged friends will find this “high desert” climate and the multitude of welcoming pet venues a fabulous destination.
In fact, according to our research, weather is the #1 deciding factor for people traveling with pets. Arid with abundant sunshine, low humidity, scant precipitation and a wide but tolerable range of temperatures make it ideal for outdoor activities. More than 3/4 of the daylight hours have sunshine…even in winter. The busiest travel season is April-October but anytime is a great time to visit.
All take both dogs and cats. Be prepared to pony up for a manageable pet fee or deposit. Usually $50 or under.
Note: While we do our homework, always check your accommodations before you travel to insure that policies have not changed.
Hotel Blue on historic Route 66 providing easy access to the best of Albuquerque
The Plaza Inn is a newly refurbished full service, AAA three diamond hotel
Brittania W.E. Mauger Estate has pet friendly room with dog door to fenced side yard and 2 townhouses that are pet friendly
Standard Hotels Include:
Extended Stay America
Country Inn and Suites
Hotel Park Central
Holiday Inn Express
Best Western Barcelona Suites
Wyndham Nativo Lodge
Red Roof Inn
Before you settle in to the action in town, make sure you don't miss Petroglyph National Monument Volcanoes, archeological sites and an estimated 24,000 carved images on ancient rock display animals, people, brands and symbols from the indigenous peoples. Leashed dogs are allowed in Reconada Canyon, Piedras Marcadas Canyon and at the Volcanoes Day Use Area.
Note that dogs are not allowed at Boca Negra Canyon as it is heavily trafficked by the elderly and disabled. Dogs are also not allowed inside public buildings or restrooms. Be sure to bring a dish and plenty of water as there are no pet friendly fountains in the park. And it goes without saying—on the leash at all times, never leave your pet unattended, no digging, and pack out the poop.
If a hike is to your taste the Sandia Mountains that border the city is a terrific trek that’s minutes away.
Nothin’ like a little exercise to work up an appetite. These are some of our favorite al fresco seating spots for you and your pups.
Kelly's Brewpub – Great food and drink. They don’t advertise that they allow dogs but they have dog food, bowls and treats and plenty of places to secure up your dog while you eat
Gecko's Bar & Tapas – excellent bar food and small plates—complimentary water bowl and maybe even a “pupitizer”
Chama River Brewing Company – great beer and good spot for dinner
Flying Star Cafe – this local chain offers pet friendly locations all over Albuquerque
El Norteno – great Mexican drinks
Boston's Gourmet Pizza – typical pizzaria with outside seating
Gold Street Caffe’ – serves breakfast lunch and dinner
The Grove Cafe & Market – a favorite with locals great food and atmosphere
l Vicino Wood Oven Pizza – also a brewery with a great selection of beers
Thai Dining – good Thai food and pet friendly
Mr. Powdrell's Barbeque House – authentic southern style BBQ and sells dog biscuits!
Parks & other attractions:
Feeling bookish? Check out Bookworks, where readers treat themselves to books and employees toss complimentary bicuits to your canine.
Parks Albuquerque has designated on-leash dog parks throughout the city.
Canine Skyline Dog Park - water available
Ouray Dog Park – water available
Santa Fe Village Dog Park – water available
Tom Bolack Urban Forrest Park – water available
Coronado Dog Park
Los Altos Park
Montessa Dog Park
North Domingo Baca
Rio Grange Triangle Park
Tower Pond Park
USS Bullhead Park
Westgate Community Dog park
Just to name a couple of choice spots:
Bow Wow Blues
3845 Rio Grande Blvd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Three Dog Bakery
9821 Montgomery, NE Suite C
Albuquerque, NM 87111
Spas & doggy daycare:
Canine Country Club & Feline Inn (2 locations)
The city has a municipal pet adoption center called Lucky Paws.
The City of Albuquerque website for animal ownership is: http://www.cabq.gov/pets/
Well mates, this reporter’s paws are in need of a rest and a cool one, if you catch my drift.
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