Pet Friendly Featured Destination: White Mountains of Arizona

arizonawhitemountains3The White Mountains of northeastern Arizona are a tranquil haven for outdoor lovers in search of pet friendly activities. Boasting shimmering snow-capped mountain peaks, pristine trout-filled lakes and streams, sun drenched meadows, and breathtaking vistas, the White Mountains are a pet traveler’s dream vacation destination.

Just a three hour drive from the Phoenix and Tucson metro areas, this wonderland is especially popular with those seeking to escape the sweltering Arizona desert heat. The White Mountains enjoy a cool, comfortable summer climate because of their high elevation. Visitors can choose pet friendly accommodations ranging from rustic rental cabins to luxurious bed and breakfasts. The area is also dotted with pet friendly private and public campgrounds.

The White Mountains include the culturally rich communities of Pinetop, Lakeside, Show Low, Greer, Springerville, Eagar, Snowflake, Taylor, Heber, St. Johns, Overgaard and Forest Lakes. There visitors can shop for antiques, tour historic pioneer homes, visit local and Native American artisans, or catch the thrill of casino gaming and big-name entertainment.

The primary attractions of the White Mountains are its gorgeous scenery and four colorful seasons, however. If visiting in spring, summer, or fall, you’ll enjoy miles of scenic, pet friendly hiking trails. You might spot elk, bald eagles, foxes, coyotes, bears, songbirds, or other Arizona wildlife in pine-scented forests and colorful meadows. After your hike, you can relax and enjoy trout fishing, sailing, or canoeing in one of the many sparkling streams and lakes in the area.arizonawhitemountains1

The White Mountains also offer myriad recreational activities for winter sports enthusiasts, including cross-country and downhill skiing, sleigh rides, ice skating, snowmobiling, snow tubing, and ice fishing. If you’re a cross-country skier, your leashed pet is welcome with you on pristine, freshly groomed trails, after which you might escape to your pet friendly accommodations and warm up by a roaring fire.

So why not plan a trip to the pet friendly White Mountains of Arizona today? You and your pet will savor the peaceful serenity of this unspoiled wilderness, and your visit will undoubtedly be a memorable experience you won’t soon forget.

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One Response to “Pet Friendly Featured Destination: White Mountains of Arizona”

  1. Sue says:

    Whether you go in the winter or the summer, the benefit to this area is that it is sunny most of the time. If it snows, wait a day and the sun will be out. Or if it rains, it’s usually an afternoon shower. There are great forests and trails to walk and hike with your pet, and plenty of wildlife to view, deer, elk, etc. Show Low is a community with artists and has some good restaurants. Great fishing nearby.
    In the winter, if you like snow, there is skiing, cross country skiing, sledding and other winter sport activities.
    If you get tired of the cold and need some warm city life, drive 2.5 hours and you are in the warmth of Phoenix where you can take your pet to Papago State Park and enjoy the cactus park; lots of walking trails with your pet.
    Then 3.5 hours to the northwest is a day trip to the wonderful Grand Canyon.
    Lots of pet friendly accommodations and some areas of the park, you can take your pet with you.

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