Dog Friendly-Vacationing in Santa Fe, New Mexico

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September 9, 2009
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santa-fe-dogSanta Fe, New Mexico is the oldest capital in the United States. The city is mainly made out of clay, and there are many great attractions you could check out with your dog! The city is at the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and was founded 400 years ago by Spaniards.

Attractions

Historic Walking Tours of Santa Fe

Leashed, well-behaved dogs are allowed to accompany you on this walking tour. It is a great walk, as it takes you through 1000 years of history, before the city was officially founded by Spaniards. Your dog will have to wait outside the St Francis Cathedral and the Loretto Chapel. They depart from the Plaza on San Francisco Street.

Old Spanish National Historic Trail

This historic trail ranges from Santa Fe to Los Angeles, and it self-guided but full of history. It used to be a horse trail, and was first used in 1829 by Mexican trader Antonio Armijo. Dogs can go here on leash.

State Capital Grounds

The capital building of Santa Fe is the only round American capital building. It resembles the Zia Pueblo sun sign, the state symbol. Around this building there are 6 acres of lush greenery and different flowers. Dogs can come here on leash.

Santa Fe Vineyards

Located 20 miles from Santa Fe, these vineyards are open daily. Dogs are allowed at outdoor tables.

Parks

Ski Santa Fe

Dogs are allowed here in the off-season, from Easter to Thanksgiving. There are many beautiful trails here, within the Sange de Cristo Mountains, and available restrooms. Dogs must be leashed.

Franz Ortiz Off-Leash Area

This park used to be a landfill, but is nice today! The off-leash dog area is located on a large field to the left of the park, and it is not fenced. Lots of beautiful and interesting plants and scenic views.

Restaurants

Atomic Grill

This casual restaurant is located close to the plaza. It has food like salad and pizza, as well as over 100 different beers. They have espresso and free WiFi, and breakfast is served all day. Dogs can join you on the patio, which is probably the best area of the restaurant!

Counter Culture

This is a sandwich and coffee eatery, and there are several vegetarian options. Dogs are allowed at outdoor tables.

Il Piato

This is an Italian restaurant that serves salads, soups, pastas, meat and seafood. There is also a wine list. Dogs can sit at outdoor tables.

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