Hiking in the Desert

Tucson, AZ: A Great Place to Visit with Your Service Dog

Tucson, Arizona is a desert climate known for its mild winters and hot summers, as well as its rugged beauty. It has a rich cultural heritage between Hohokam settlements dating back thousands of years to its eventually becoming part of the United States.

It's a wonderful place to live, work, or play, and you're not the only one who will love it. It's also a wonderful place to bring your service dog or emotional support animal. Tuscon is so dog friendly, it was rated "Most Dog Friendly City in America" in 2018. If you're not sure what your four-legged friend will enjoy, here are some amazing things you can do with your dog in Tuscon.

Grab a Bite to Eat

While your service dog is always welcome in an eatery, it's harder if you want to bring your emotional support dog. Emotional support animals do not have the same legal protections as service dogs, barring them from many restaurants. Luckily, here are two in Tuscon that welcome your furry friend, no matter his status.


If you love diving into a delicious burger, you'll love taking your dog to ZinBurger. This wonderful burger joint welcomes dogs on their back patio, and customers report that they take great care of your furry friend, whether it is an assistance dog, or just your best friend.

The food is also wonderful, but vegetarians be warned, there is only one vegetarian option on the menu. Bring your dog for a tail wagging good time at 1865 E River Rd, #101, Tucson, AZ, US, 85715.

Caffe Torino Ristorante Italiano

Fancy a little Italian food instead? This delicious restaurant has you covered. Dogs are welcome on the back patio and can get treats and water by attentive staff. Even very large dogs are welcomed. See for yourself at 10325 North La Canada Drive.

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Dog in the Desert

Tuscon loves dogs. This is one city where you have your pick for dog-friendly accommodations during your visit. While there are dozens of great hotels to choose from, if you want to try something unique you might like Hotel McCoy.

Like the rainbow mural that greets you as you enter, Hotel McCoy is artistic, retro, contemporary, yet very clean. The downside is that there is no grass, but there is very little of that in general in Tuscon.

The hotel makes up for that with hardwood floors, which are always better for pets, no additional pet fee aside from a refundable deposit. Two pets of any size are welcome, so if you want to bring a non-working pet along with your assistance animal and a friend, they're welcome. Check them out at 720 W Silverlake Rd, Tucson, AZ 85713

Go to a dog park

There are well over a dozen dog parks in Tuscon. Your service dog will love a little off duty time, and if you're companion animal needs a little break, taking him to one of these parks is a good way to help him relax.

Located at 910 S. Concert Place, Miko's place is a favorite for dog lovers of every shape and size. It features off leash areas for both big and small dogs, shaded areas, and plenty of room to rome. If your dog needs a little break, this is a great place to take him.

Cool off at Agua Caliente

Agua Caliente is a beautiful park that features ponds, shade, and greenery—a welcome relief for those who are tired of dry and dusty parks. This park welcomes leashed dogs, and has drinking water, restrooms, and paved paths available, so don't forget your leash. If you've misplaced your service dog leach, check ours out here. Take your dog for a nice, refreshing walk at 12325 E Roger Rd Tucson, AZ 85749

Take your dog to a museum

Puppy Eating a Bone Outside

Your service dog has probably seen a lot of museums as part of his job. If the dog helping you is an emotional support animal however, you may find yourself unable to benefit from your dog. Luckily, there is a museum in Tucson that welcomes all furry friends and therapeutic animals.

The Fort Lowell museum welcomes dogs and may even have a treat or two for your pet if you bring it along. The museum is reconstructed in the commanding officer's quarters at the old fort, and there are lakes and hiking trails available also. See it for yourself at 2900 N. Craycroft Road.

Enjoy the Saturday market at Steam Pump Ranch

The farmer's market in Oro Valley just a short drive from Tucson has been a favorite place to shop for fresh vegetables and handmade goods for years. The market is open year-round and is held on a historical site worth visiting in its own right.

Dogs are welcome but need to be kept on a short leash to help protect the historical features of the area. Visit at 10901 North Oracle Road, Oro Valley, AZ 85737

Encanto Pet Clinic

Your dog's health isn't just important because you love her. If you require a service dog to help you remain independent, their wellbeing is directly tied with yours. That means whether you are visiting Tucson or plan to make your stay permanent, you need to know where to get the best veterinary care possible.

Encanto Pet Clinic provides quality treatment and will be happy to give your dog the care and attention it deserves. They can handle a wide variety of medical situations and are prepared to keep your dog happy and safe while you are in Tucson.

Arizona is a great place to bring your dog, and there are dozens of other great places you can take him in and around Tucson. If you're looking for a dog friendly place to work or play, Tucson should definitely be the city of choice.