Fun in the Sun with your Furry Best Friend!

by Loree Walden, Marketing Manager, Yavapai Humane Society

One of the best things about Prescott is how many activities there are to do outdoors, and most are pet friendly! It’s that time of year when we want to spend more time outside enjoying fresh air and beautiful weather. It’s even better when we get to bring our dogs with us!

We have so many beautiful trails here, and most of them allow you to bring your dogs as long as they are on a leash. Exploring mountain trails or those at the various lakes is a great way to spend time with your dog. What makes it even more fun is every time you hit a trail it’s different because nature changes every day!

If you’re looking for fun on the water, Born To Be Wild Adventure Tours & Rentals allows you to bring your dog along with you in a kayak.

There is always something happening at our Courthouse Square, and dogs are usually welcome! (It’s a good idea to check if you are going to a specific event.) At any given time when going downtown you will find people walking with their dogs and enjoying the outdoors. It’s a great way for both you and your four-legged friend to make new friends while enjoying the soft green grass, sunshine and everything the Courthouse Square has to offer.

Prescott is also known for having many pet-friendly restaurants that allow you to bring your dog for outdoor seating. states that there are 31 pet-friendly restaurants here and will send you a list of them, but it’s probably a good idea to check directly with whichever restaurant you choose to make sure it’s allowed.

However you decide to spend your time in the great outdoors, be sure to have plenty of water on hand for you and your furry best friend. Watch for signs of them getting overheated so they don’t fall victim to heatstroke, and make sure to stay aware of the temperature of the ground so their delicate paws do not get burned (If you place the back of your hand on the ground/pavement and can hold it there for seven seconds, it’s safe.) Remember, if it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for them.

Grab a leash and head out for some fun in the sun!