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One Pet Friendly Town Is Setting the Bark High

Boasting more eateries and lodging that are welcoming to pet than any other same small sized southwestern town, Taos, New Mexico, is encouraging travelers to visit their town. In comparison to any comparably sized town in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, Oklahoma, or Utah, Taos boasts more pet friendly places.

Taos is home to slightly over 6,000 people, with nearly 84 percent of Taos’ outdoor patio eating establishments welcoming to dogs. Approximately 76 percent of lodging at a variety of Taos hotels and Bed and Breakfasts also welcome pets. During the summer months, the town’s temperature rarely exceeds 80 degrees.

Dog with flowers

Town of Taos Mayor Darren Cordova shared, “There are many elements of Taos that attract visitors here, but for pet owners, knowing that many lodging and eating establishments not only allow but welcome friendly pets is an added incentive for making Taos the next vacation destination for the entire family – four legged and otherwise.”

Approximately 93 percent of travelers in the United States expect to take their pet on at least one trip this year, according to

Some of the many things to do in Taos with pets include:

  • Hiking with pets at the Wild Rivers Recreation Area of the Rio Grande Gorge. While there, check out the view of the Sangre de Cristo mountains along 22 miles of hiking trails. Some of the trees on the trails are at least 500 years old and provide a perfect shady compliment to the hike.
  • Along the Rio Grande area is the dog-welcoming Orilla Verde Recreation Center, which overlooks Taos Valley at 900 feet above the park. With a designated dog walking area and camping/tent area, dogs are allowed here, too.
  • An off-leash dog park opened in the fall of 2011 in Taos, next to the Stray Hearts Animal Shelter.
  • El Monte Sagrado Living Resort and Spa features massages for humans while dogs can play and get pampered at 10,000 Wags Pet Resort in Taos.

The official Taos website has a full, comprehensive summary of all Taos lodging and eating establishments that allow well-behaved pets, including applicable pet surcharges, policies, vaccination requirements and other relevant information per facility. Check it out at:

dog bowlHave you found a dog friendly town? What’s on your travel agenda with Fido?



  1. Jill Lane says

    There is even one restaurant in Taos that boasts a FIDO menu. Graham’s Grill ( offers a YAPPY HOUR MENU that is a mere $4.00 for a 3-course puppy-licious menu. 1st course is your choice of Beef or Chicken Entree….that of course comes with a side (2nd course) Veggies de Jour….and the happy pup finishes this tasty meal off with (3rd course) a cool thirst quenching bowl of AGUA. NOW THAT’s what I call PET-FRIENDLY! Travelin’ Jack gives this restaurant his prestigious 5-paw rating! (and as we all know…it doesn’t get ANY better than that!)

    • Carol Bryant says

      We love Travelin’ Jack and Jill and thanks for the 5-star review of that restaurant. You make us pine for visiting… and someday we will be there in paw-son! Woof!

  2. Jill Lane says

    and more pet friendly New Mexico getaways…coming soon…. at this same site! We’re betting our bones that New Mexico is THE most pet-friendly state in the Union!

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