Sydney’s Headed Desert Way, Off to Albuquerque, NM

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Sydney’s Headed Desert Way, Off to Albuquerque, NM

January 1, 2014


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:


Drury Inn

Extended Stay America

Residence inn

Staybridge Suites

Comfort Inn

Sleep Inn


Country Inn and Suites

Econo Lodge

Hotel Park Central

La Quinta

Holiday Inn Express

Best Western Barcelona Suites


Wyndham Nativo Lodge


Homewood Suites

Red Roof Inn

Quality 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

Roosevelt 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
(505) 294-2300


Spas & doggy daycare:

Canine Country Club & Feline Inn (2 locations)

Enchantment Pet Resort & Spa

Good Dog Training Center & Doggie Resort



The city has a municipal pet adoption center called Lucky Paws.

The City of Albuquerque website for animal ownership is:


Well mates, this reporter’s paws are in need of a rest and a cool one, if you catch my drift.

Until next time travelers, remember, Sydney’s got your tail!!

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