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Dog-friendly hikes in Tucson

Posted at 6:19 PM, Feb 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-21 15:59:07-04

As you plan your hikes in Tucson, you may want to bring your dog along for the fun. Which trails, in the old pueblo, welcome your pooch with open paws? KGUN9's Stephanie Dunlap has the answer!

Located on the north side, Catalina State Park sits at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains. The park is a haven for desert plants and has nearly 5,000 saguaros. Price of admission is $7 per vehicle and comes with a special bonus - a treat for your pet! 

Escape Tucson's heat and head up Catalina Highway to Mt. Lemmon. Dog-permitted trails include Butterfly Trail, Green Mountain Trail and The Aspen Loop Trail. Come during the winter months, and your dog can enjoy the snow! 

If you are looking for a longer day hike, Agua Caliente Hill Trail may be a great choice. Nestled between The Santa Catalina and Rincon Mountains, this 9-mile hike gains 3000 ft. in elevation. You and your pooch are sure to get a full workout! 

If a fully-paved stroll is more your style, Tucson has that too. The Rillito River Park Trail is 12 miles in length and provides an easy walk with man's best friend. You can access the trail from several intersections on River Road including Craycroft and Campbell Road. 

As for other popular hiking spots such as Sabino Canyon, Saguaro National Park, Ventana Canyon and Tumamoc Hill, no dogs are allowed on their trails. 

National Park Services has a few tips and reminders, so everyone can enjoy their hike. Pick up after your pet, keep your dog on a leash (no more than 6 ft. in length), be alert for other wildlife and carry plenty of water for both you and your pet. 




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