Friday, May 2, 2014

100 Places To See With Your Dog: SEDONA, ARIZONA

Ah, Summer that carefree season is around the corner, which means it’s time to plan our Summer vacay!   More and more, my husband and I find that we don’t want to leave our dogs, Icy and Phoebe, home when we go on vacation, especially if our travel is domestic. 

Icy is my beautiful, sometimes even regal, Siberian Husky.   My little Phoebe is a small white dog, some kind of mixed breed.  One day I will do a DNA test to figure out what Phoebe really is so I can answer the frequent question “What kind of dog is she?”  For now, it’s a glorious mystery.   Over the last few years we’ve taken Icy and Phoebe to different places across the U.S.  It all started when we didn’t want to put Icy, who weighs 50 pounds, in the belly of a plane so we decided to drive from Arizona to New York to see family that Christmas.  Since it’s more than 2,500 miles I wanted to make a fun adventure out of it so we chose to spend 8 days traveling and stopped in some fun places.  It was such an interesting adventure we decided to continue the trend of traveling around the country with our dogs. 


Icy and Phoebe, piled in the backseat, ready for a Road Trip!
One of my absolute favorite places to visit with our dogs, is Sedona, Arizona.  Sedona is one of the most breathtaking places in the U.S.  People head to the Grand Canyon in droves, but not everyone visits Sedona which is only about 2 hours South of Grand Canyon.  The Red Rock Region, as Sedona is called, is spectacular.  The rock formations and deep desert red colors set Sedona apart from most geographical areas.  Sedona is nature’s beauty at it’s best. 
 
Icy perched on a rock on a Sedona hiking trail
 
 Our favorite hike in Sedona is the West Fork trail in Oak Creek Canyon.  It's just a few miles round trip, every inch of it gorgeous scenery.  You hike across Oak Creek at several points along the trail, but it's not difficult and it's shallow all the way through.    We also love the Boynton Pass hiking trail.  Honestly, every inch of Sedona is stunning and there's a photo op every which way you look.  Many of the old western movies were filmed there because of the dramatic backdrops.
 
  
Icy taking a dip to cool off during a hike in Oak Creek Canyon.  She won't go  near a pool, but we can't get her out of the creek!
 
Like most of Arizona, Sedona is super dog friendly.  You can take your dog just about anywhere.  Every park and recreation area in Arizona is dog friendly, you’d be hard pressed to find one that isn’t.  There are lots of dog friendly lodgings in Sedona, and many restaurants are dog friendly on the patio.  One of our favorites in Sedona is Ken's Creek Side.  They even have a dog menu with items like doggie beef stew, which our dogs devour!
 
Icy enjoying eggs at breakfast, made just for her by the chef at The Lodge at Sedona, a B&B we frequent in Sedona.  They're ultra dog friendly.
 
My husband John and Icy a the end of the West Fork trail in Sedona
 
Icy, Phoebe, and my husband enjoying a Starbucks after a long day on the Sedona trails.  This is our favorite way to end a day in Sedona.  p.s. John and I met at a Starbucks.

What places have you ventured to with your dog?  What was your dog’s favorite travel destination?  Tell us by posting a comment. 

See my December 10, 2013 post Road Trip With The Dogs for some tips on traveling with dogs.

28 comments:

  1. Wow! You go to some beautiful places huh?! We don't travel much, between my kids and pets, its not entirely doable ATM!
    Happy weekend!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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    1. Happy weekend to you as well! The last two years we've tried to be more adventurous and see more of the country, with our dogs as a key motivation to get out there. It's nice to connect with a fellow Husky lover. I love your blog, by the way. It's really fun and interesting!

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  2. Looks like you went on quite an adventure. Last time I took Ruckus to Paso Robles...it was just breathtaking! A lot of the wineries were dog friendly so we had a blast! I posted a recent photo with him and his "new friend" from Paso on Instagram ;) Thanks for sharing on Thoughtless Thursday! Can't wait to see what you have in stored for next week.

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  3. Thanks for stopping by! Sedona is always an adventure, we've been there several times but there are always new trails to hike and dog friendly places to visit. I will have to check out Paso Robies, I'm not familiar.

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    1. Yes, it is amazing. Sedona is one of those places where you can hardly even capture it's full beauty with a camera, you have to see it with your own eyes.

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  5. Wow! Beautiful AND dog friendly! You don't find that combination very often.
    www.dogtreatweb.com

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    1. So true! I love that about Sedona, and Arizona in general. AZ has to be one of the dog friendliest places in the country. Dogs are actually welcomed, not merely tolerated. I actually brought my dog into Saks Fifth Avenue out here - kind of scary, I was worried my Husky might knock something over and break it... something I couldn't possibly afford to pay for - LOL! Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. We love Sedona. Such a pretty spot. Never took the dog along though - guess we'll have to take her next time!

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    1. Oh, you should definitely take your dog! The hiking is fabulous, breathtaking and so much fun. There's also a great dog park on Soldier Pass Rd. and 89A used mostly by the locals. It's the most gorgeous dog park I've ever seen! Especially the back section which is all natural, not cleared out to just dirt and dead grass. If you make it out there let me know how you like it.

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  7. Hawwwoooo Isis! My name is Isis too! Good to meet woo BOL!!

    Isis

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    1. Roo Roo! Another Husky named Isis, what are the odds of that? Good to meet Woo too! Thanks for stopping by

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  8. Great photos, it looks a lovely place for an adventure.

    Sheba.

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    1. It is a great place for an adventure! There is so much beauty to take in. There's no place like it. Thanks for commenting!

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  9. Thanks so much for linking up to the pet parade with us today! Have a great weekend!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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  10. Arizona has such beautiful places to visit. Sedona is certainly one of them.

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  11. Beautiful! We have always wanted to visit Arizona! After reading this, Sedona might just be a future vacay destination! :)

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  12. How awesome you could take them with you. I love to bring my dog on a trip if we'll be in nature. It doesn't feel right being somewhere he'd love without him! Those are some happy pups! Thank you for sharing on the Pet Parade ~Rascal and Rocco

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  13. Sedona sounds and looks dog friendly beautiful. I love that one of the restaurants has an actual doggie menu!

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    1. It is extremely dog friendly & just breathtaking! There are so many dog friendly hotels & restaurants there. Worth the trip! Thanks for stopping by the blog!

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  14. We just got back from a 2,000 mile road trip to Jackson, WY with the dogs. I love taking them on road trips. I drove to Las Vegas and back for BlogPaws in May of this year too. Chester and Gretel have never been to Arizona but I love the southwest.

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    1. That's great! I'm dying to take our dogs to Jackson, WY. We love the natural beauty of this country. We drive from Phoenix to New York a few times a year and make fun stops along the way. AZ is one of the most dog friendly states there is, I hope you make it out there soon! Thanks for stopping by, Jessica!

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  15. What gorgeous pics! I, too, love the Southwest but have yet to make it out to Sedona. Definitely a future destination! Thanks for sharing this great post, Cathy! xo, Destiny & Asia (http://destinysdogblog.com/)

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it Asia! Thanks for visiting the blog, I hope you do make it out there sometime, it's truly worth the trip.

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  16. We live so close, and, yet, have never been! This will inspire me! Thanks for a great post.

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    1. If you live close to Sedona, you must visit! You won't believe the natural beauty and the dog friendliness of it. I hope you make it out there soon - Fall is a perfect time to go you know!

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  17. Gorgeous! Oak Creek Canyon is so beautiful-I visited there once with Bella and we had so much fun :)

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    1. We love Oak Creek Canyon! We can't get Isis out of the creek when we hike, she loves it so much. It's gorgeous and super dog friendly up there. Thanks for visiting the blog!

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