Think you can’t get away for a weekend trip because you have pets? Think again!
With an abundance of pet-friendly hotels, restaurants, hiking trails and dog parks, New Mexico is a great place to travel with your pets! Check these five items off your list, and you’re well on your way to a great pet-friendly vacation!
Pick a Destination
Don’t have any ideas? Ask your friends on Facebook or search the state and city tourism sites like newmexico.org. You’ll get first-hand recommendations from friends who are also traveling with pets and can sometimes get a great deal! You’d be surprised what hidden treasures you’ll find in your own state.
Find a Hotel
There are many sites that compile pet friendly hotels, like bringfido.com, and you can even filter hotels on TripAdvisor by things like pet friendliness. When you find a hotel that’s perfect for you and Fido, check their website! You’ll want to brush up on their pet policies and any required pet deposits before you arrive. Many times, these hotels offer special pet packages!
Pro Tip: You’ll always find the best rates available on the hotel’s website. If you don’t, call them directly. Most hotels will work with you.
Need some Pinspiration? Check out 10 Hotel Tips for Traveling with Your Dog
Eat, Drink & Socialize Like the Locals
Now that you’ve got a destination and a place to stay, find out where the locals go! Many places offer dog-friendly patios so your pooch can come, too.
Pro Tip: Download the Yelp app before you go. You can search all local spots to find the pet-friendly locations. Yelp not only offers peer reviews, but they also compile local events and “Fresh Lists” that highlight the best parts of the city. Find the best places to grab a donut or the best patio in town.
Check out the Best Outdoor, Pet-Friendly Activities
New Mexico is full of outdoor activity and pet-friendly activities. Make sure to do your research first! Find an off-leash park where your dog can run around or a dog-friendly park in the town where you’re staying, and start your days there. According to Cesar Millan, the best thing you can do for your dog while on vacation is to make sure it’s well exercised.
Many national parks do allow dogs to accompany you on the trails, but if they don’t, there is often an option to kennel them at the station while you go to explore a certain area of the park. Just remember, it’s not ok to leave your dog in the car, especially during the New Mexico summers.
Pack up and Enjoy!
You’ve got the trip planned, now all that’s left is packing, and then it’s time to hit the road! Make sure you bring your pup’s favorite pillow or blanket and toy to help them adjust to the new space. Also, don’t forget to plan for plenty of water for both you and your dog. Need some ideas on travel accessories and what to pack? Check out our “Traveling with Your Dog” Pinterest board.
Enjoy your weekend getaway, and don’t forget to post plenty of photos of your trip with your pup using hashtag #NMTravelDogs.