When you bring your dog on vacation, you not only want to look for a dog friendly hotel, you also want to find activities that are perfect for including your four-legged friend. If you are a hiker and have an active canine companion, exploring our desert landscape is an option to consider.
Here at the Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, we are located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert with opportunities to spend time off-site exploring all the area has to offer. Known as the home of the Saguaro cactus, the Sonoran Desert covers roughly 100,000 square miles. But when you make our resort your home base, you only need to travel minutes away to explore the area's native flora and fauna. Here are our favorite ways to explore Scottsdale's portion of the Sonoran Desert. Please note, however, that some of these options may not accommodate pets.
Whether you and your pooch are experienced hikers or want to take things a little easier, you'll find trails in the area that are suited for your speed. There are more than 130 miles of trails in Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve that offer everything from ADA accessibility and expert summit climbs. Some of the area's most popular spots to hike include Camelback Mountain, the McDowell Mountain Regional Park and Pinnacle Peak Park.
If your dog loves water, there’s nothing like a day on the water. Believe it or not, there are many lakes and rivers in the Sonoran Desert within an hour's drive of Scottsdale. No matter where you are in the area, you're close to a host of water activities including kayaking, river rafting, tubing and parasailing. For a more relaxing experience, take a guided boat tour or spend an afternoon fishing.
Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the desert and soak it all in from a hot air balloon. As you meander across the sky, you'll have unparalleled views of the desert and the iconic Camelback Mountain. The balloon operator can take you as high as you want to go or he can get closer to the ground so you can see the wildlife and plants without breaking a sweat. Add a little exhilaration to your adventure by enjoying a powerchute flight so you can see the desert the way you want to.
Scottsdale has a rich equestrian history that goes beyond cowboys on the ranch. From the internally acclaimed Arabian Horse Show that takes place every February to spectacular trails throughout the desert, Scottsdale offers plenty of options for horse lovers. When you ride your horse through the spectacular mountain foothills and beautiful desert washes, you'll certainly find yourself channeling your inner cowboy.
There is no question that dogs love to hang out the window when traveling by car. There are many scenic highways and bi-ways that are perfect for catching the sites and enjoying the exhilarating feeling of the wind in one’s furry face. The Apache Trail meanders through the Superstition Mountains and along the shores of Saguaro Lake, Canyon Lake and Apache Lake.
If you’re looking for a dog friendly hotel for your desert vacation, we’d love to welcome you to The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch!