Aside from spectacular mountains, canyons, rock formations, and desert landscapes, the state of Arizona features numerous dog-friendly beaches nestled along pristine rivers and lakes. Enjoy Arizona’s warm climate as you explore these beautiful natural areas with your canine. Look forward to swimming, sightseeing, relaxing, and partaking in water sports. Book a stay at one of many Arizona vacation rentals for your upcoming beach trip. Here are the most noteworthy dog-friendly beaches in the state.
1. London Bridge Beach, Lake Havasu City
Lake Havasu City lies on the eastern bank of the Colorado River in western Arizona. The key landmark of the city is London Bridge, which was purchased from the city of London, shipped to Arizona, and reassembled brick by brick over Bridgewater Channel to connect the mainland to a large island in the river. London Bridge Beach is on the island side of the bridge. Lion’s Dog Park at London Bridge Beach features a fenced off-leash area with benches, shaded areas, walking paths, and wading pools. You need to keep your dog on leash when outside this area. The dog-friendly beach areas include picnic tables and barbecues.
Lake Havasu City Visitor’s Center features a walking tour of the historic bridge. Cattail Cove State Park offers another dog-friendly beach in the Lake Havasu City area. Explore the lake with your canine friend on a pontoon boat from A-1 Watercraft Rentals. When you’re hungry, head for the dog-friendly outdoor patio at the Javelina Cantina for some excellent Mexican cuisine. Alternatively, enjoy some craft beer and sandwiches on the patio at Mudshark Brewery.
2. Lake Powell, Page
The city of Page in north-central Arizona near the border with Utah is the gateway to the Lake Powell – Glen Canyon Recreational Area. Lake Powell is a man-made reservoir created by the Glen Canyon dam, and in its numerous arms and channels are several sandy beaches accessible by road or boat. Most of the recreational area is dog-friendly, although you must keep your canine friend on a leash. Your dog is allowed to join you on a power boat rented from Wahweap Marina, which you can use to explore the lake and find your perfect beach haven. A three-mile hiking trail called Pedestal Alley is a great walk for you and your dog.
The Navaho Village Heritage Center in Page allows well-behaved dogs on their cultural tours. Big John’s Texas BBQ in Page, which serves smoked meats such as pulled pork, chicken, and baby back ribs, welcomes dogs on its spacious outdoor patio. The dog-friendly Bonkers Restaurant has an extensive high-end menu featuring sirloin steak, filet mignon, and other Italian and American favorites.
3. Buckskin Mountain State Park, Parker
The city of Parker lies along the Colorado River in western Arizona, and beautiful Buckskin Mountain State Park is on a bend of the river just north of town. Dogs are allowed to swim at the beach in the River Island area of the park. There’s also a spacious fenced-in area where dogs can run leash-free. The park features walking trails, picnic areas, barbecue grills, a playground, and sports facilities. Leashed dogs are also welcome on the hiking trails at Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge, a lovely natural area of river delta, marsh wetlands, and desert rock formations.
When you’re hungry, head for J.A. Johnnie’s Cafe in Parker, and feast on fresh burgers, pizza, and other comfort food at its dog-friendly outdoor tables.
4. Gateway Park Beach, Yuma
The city of Yuma is on the southwestern tip of Arizona on the Colorado River. Gateway Park, which is at the end of Madison Avenue in downtown Yuma, features a lovely sand beach, which is a popular place for swimming, picnicking, relaxing, building sand castles, and of course walking dogs. If your dog wants to run free, head for the Bark Park, which has over three acres of leash-free play space, benches, water stations, crawl tubes, and jump windows. Dogs are allowed to walk with their owners through the lovely grounds of the historic Sanguinetti House Museum and Gardens.
The River City Grill in Yuma, which specializes in international cuisine from India, the Pacific Rim, the Caribbean, and the Mediterranean, welcomes dogs at the outdoor tables. For dessert, try some ice cream, cake, or pie at the outdoor tables at Cold Stone Creamery.
5. Tempe Beach Park, Tempe
Tempe lies in the greater Phoenix area in central Arizona. One of the city’s most beautiful attractions is 25-acre Tempe Beach Park on Tempe Town Lake. The park features a lovely beach, walking trails, picnic tables, grills, and restrooms. Dogs are welcome everywhere, but they must be on a leash. Let your dog run free at Mitchell Dog Park, which has benches, shady areas, plenty of grass, and drinking water.
If you have the urge to shop, bring your canine friend to Tempe Marketplace, a vast dog-friendly outdoor shopping mall. Try the enormous burgers and draft beer on the dog-friendly outdoor patio at Boulders on Broadway. For dessert, have some delicious ice cream at the outdoor tables at Rita’s Italian Ice.
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