More and more, my husband and I find that we don’t want to leave our dogs home when we go on vacation, especially if our travel is domestic. Over the years we’ve taken many vacations with our dogs across the U.S. but dog friendly Sedona, Arizona is by far our favorite dog friendly travel destination. Sedona is pure magic!

My dog Icy perched on a rock, hiking in Sedona Arizona

Our love of travel with our dogs started when we didn’t want to put Icy, our 50lb Husky, in the belly of an airplane plane. Instead, we decided to drive from Arizona to New York to see family one Christmas. Since it’s more than 2,500 miles I wanted to make a fun adventure out of it. We chose to spend 8 days traveling and stopping at some fun dog friendly travel destinations.  

That trip was such a fun, interesting adventure we decided to continue our trend of travel with dogs. We've developed quite a bit of expertise on how to travel with dogs successfully, and Icy has become a true connoisseur of dog friendly hotels!

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 dog friendly places in the U.S., and one of the most breathtaking.  People head to the Grand Canyon in droves, but they often pass right by Sedona, which is only about 2 hours South of Grand Canyon.  But oh what they're missing!

The Red Rock Region, as Sedona is called, is spectacular.  The rock formations and deep red desert colors set Sedona apart from most other unique geographical areas. Sedona is nature’s beauty at it’s finest. 


Hiking In Sedona With Dogs

We love hiking in Sedona with the dogs. 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 displaying 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. There are miles and miles of hiking trails that allow dogs throughout Sedona.  

Honestly, every part of Sedona is stunning and there's a photo op every where you turn.  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.  Nearly every hiking trail, park and recreation area in Arizona is dog friendly, you’d be hard pressed to find one that isn’t.  

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Dog Friendly Hotels in Sedona, Arizona

There are lots of dog friendly hotels and Inn's in Sedona. Two of our favorites are The Lodge At Sedona, a gorgeous Bed & Breakfast. We love the beauty of the property, the quaint rooms and atmosphere, and the wonderful Chef!  Another favorite of ours is the Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock.  

We also enjoyed staying at the beautiful, authentic Southwestern El Portal Sedona Hotel. If you want to step up the luxury, look into the Enchantment Resort. It was a bit too pricey for us, but we did have a delicious lunch on the patio. The mountain views from their patio were exquisite.

Dog Friendly Restaurants in Sedona, Arizona

Several restaurants in Sedona are dog friendly on their outdoor patios.  One of our favorites is the Creekside American Bistro (previously Ken's Creek Side).  They even have a dog menu with items like doggie beef stew, which our dogs devoured!

Wildflower is a casual dog friendly restaurant in Sedona. It's largely self serve, you can pick up your food and bring it outside to an outdoor table. They are up on the hillside, and the views from the outdoor area are gorgeous!  

There's a Starbucks up there as well. We enjoyed late afternoon coffees after a day of hiking with the dogs. We just relaxed and enjoyed the mountain view! Check out the photo below of John and our dogs taking it all in.

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 serious dog lovers!

My husband John and Icy a the end of the West Fork trail in Sedona

Icy, Phoebe, and John enjoying a Starbucks after a long day on the Sedona trails.  This is our favorite way to end a day in Sedona.  Fun Fact: John and I met at a Starbucks!

What travel destinations have you ventured to with your dog?  What was your dog’s favorite travel destination?  Tell us in the comments, we Love hearing from you!

Dog travel tips, Pet friendly, Dog friendly, Travel with dogs

See my post Road Trip With The Dogs for tips on traveling with dogs.


Unknown said...

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!

Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them said...

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!

Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them said...

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.

M. K. Clinton said...

What a lovely place to stay!

Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them said...

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.

Jackie Bouchard said...

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

TimberLove said...

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


Lakeland adventures with Lola and Milo said...

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


Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them said...

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.

Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them said...

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

Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them said...

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!

Unknown said...

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!

Jans Funny Farm said...

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

Unknown said...

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

Rascal and Rocco said...

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

Jessica @ said...

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.

Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them said...

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!

Kristen–well minded said...

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

The Diamond Dogs said...

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

Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them said...

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!

Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them said...

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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