Dog Friendly in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Santa Fe has a special charm to it as a Mexican town located here in the US. It is the oldest state capital in North America. The original colony was established by the Spanish conquistador Don Pedro de Peralta in 1610. The heart of the city is the Central Plaza, around which the town revolves. Santa Fe is a quaint town with a poplulation of 68,000 that is not sure if it is a small town or a larger city. Sixty miles by highway from Albuquerque, it sits in the mountains at an elevation of 7000 feet so it is not as hot as most people think of when they think of summer in New Mexico. Dogs like the cooler temperatures as well. Santa Fe is a dog-friendly town, with unique B&B lodgings, small hotels and specialty lodging and shops. It is an excellent destination for a dog-friendly road trip to the southwest. Santa Fe offers lots of pet-friendly lodging. For guests seeking hotels in the city you can choose the Lodge at Santa Fe, Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe or the Hotel St. Francis. There are vacation rentals in town if you want your own space and to prepare your own meals. For unique lodging at a Japanese Spa and Resort there is Ten Thousand Waves with massage and hot tubs. Some rooms have private dog-proof courtyards as well.
When in Santa Fe most visitors do a lot of walking. That is the best way to see the town with or without a dog. The hills above the city have many hiking trails that are pet-friendly. Santa Fe itself is rather small so you can walk to most places from most places in the town. There is a Historic Walking Tour of Santa Fe. This is a guided tour where your dog is welcome on most of the tour, except inside two buildings. You can take your dog to the New Mexico State Capitol grounds. If shopping is what you want to do, there are many specialty shops in Santa Fe, many that allow leashed well-behaved dogs. Try the Shops at Sanbusco at 500 Montezuma Avenue or the Santa Fe Premium Outlets. If you want an off-leash dog park there is the Frank Ortiz Park Off-Leash Area on Camino Las Crucitas.
Santa Fe is a hub for a host of driving tours. Some are local. Others cover many states and include the Santa Fe National Historic Trail, the Old Spanish National Historic Trail and the Trail of Tears National Historic Site. You can explore the local portions of these multi-state trails.
Dog-friendly dining is booming in Santa Fe and New Mexico. In 2011 the State Legislator officially legalized dogs at outdoor restaurants throughout the state. There already were a host of dog-friendly restaurants in Santa Fe. Try Atomic Grill, Milagro 139 or a host of other restaurants. If you see a patio restaurant while walking in town that you like ask if your dog is welcome. There is a good chance that they will be.
Nearby trips from Santa Fe include the short drive to Albuquerque 60 miles south on I-25, Or north on I-25 to Colorado Springs and Denver.