PUP FRIENDLY PALM SPRINGS
Palm Springs is a pup’s paradise. Surrounded by hills and mountains to explore and plenty of adventure around every corner – who better to take in all the beautiful sights and fresh air with you than your four-legged friend?
Here are some fun things for you and your pup to do:
The Palm Springs valley is known for great hiking trails in the mountains and canyons, but not all trails allow dogs due to the protected surrounding wildlife. Here are a few options for hiking with Fido:
South Lykken Trail – a 3.5 mile roundtrip hike of moderate difficulty, with a beginning elevation of 560′, and an elevation gain of about 900′. Trailhead is located at 500 W Mesquite Avenue.
Cross Trail – The Cross Trail is a 2.6 mile out and back trail located near Palm Desert with some steep inclines but beautiful views as you make your way up to the top. To get there take Highway 74 head south, right on Thrush Drive, Left on Thrush Road. Go over the bridge at he canal and turn right.
Araby Trail – Only the first 1.5 miles of this 6 mile hike are dog-friendly so it’s nice for a shorter stroll. Make sure to go early as there is no shade on this trail. Trailhead is located on Rimrock/Southridge Road off of Hwy 111.
Palm Springs is host to a long list of dog friendly restaurants. For lunch or dinner, book a table at EIGHT4NINE to reserve a seat at their shaded courtyard. For brunch or Tapas stop by Juniper Table at the new Kimpton Hotel and enjoy the scene passing by. Most restaurants in Palm Springs offer outdoor seating and can accommodate pups both large and small. The website VisitGreaterPalmSprings.com has a full list of dog friendly restaurants to explore.
Venus De Fido
Can’t bear to be away from your pet for a spa day? Venus de Fido in Palm Desert has you covered with the ultimate spa experience for humans and dogs. Spend a day exploring their fitness facilities and book a spa treatment while Fido gets the full rubdown at the onsite groomer. The facility features a squash court, salt cave and more, as well as an indoor dog park. For an extra challenge, explore The Fido & You fitness class which combines light cardio, with yoga and core strengthening exercise for you while providing agility and trick training for your dog. Go to their website venusdefido.com to book your appointments.
Palm Springs Dog Park
This beautiful park at 222 Civic Drive North features 1.6 acres of fenced-in rolling grass with separate areas for large and small dogs where dogs can run and play leash-free. The most spectacular part of this par is “Desert Reflections” – an artistic fence designed and built by artist Phill Evans.
No visit with in Palm Springs is complete without a stop at Cold Nose Warm Heart. This small store features a huge selection of food, toys, treats, apparel, leashes, and other items for pets. They also carry items for pet lovers such as apparel, mugs, cards, and hats. If you’re closer to Palm Desert make sure to stop by Earthwise, a relatively new store with quality food selection and accessories. Book an appointment with their groomer in advance or use the self serve washing stations.