At 7,000 feet in elevation, Flagstaff is nestled at the base of the San Francisco Peaks. This college town in the high country mountains of Arizona is unlike any other city we’ve visited in The Grand Canyon State. Flagstaff is a mix of small town feel and the great outdoors. Like many great college towns, the city has a great microbrew and coffee scene and is very dog friendly. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in the city and discovering all the dog friendly things to do in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Things to Do in Flagstaff – Dog Approved


Take a Stroll Around Buffalo Park

Start the morning with a brisk walk through Buffalo Park. The Nate Avery Trail is a 2 mile loop around the park with nice views of the San Francisco Peaks. Depending on the time of year, water fountains may be turned off. Best to bring your own water.

Buffalo Park Flagstaff

Relax Outside with a Cup of Coffee

Enjoy a cup of coffee in Flagstaff’s charming Historic Downtown. Popular coffee spots include Macy’s European Coffeehouse and Single Speed Coffee. If you’re looking for a coffee alternative, walk over to Flagstaff Tea Co. for a cup of cheesecake chai to go. Metered parking is enforced in this area, read the signs to avoid a parking ticket.

Macys Coffee House Flagstaff AZ

Don’t Leave Flagstaff Without a Brew

The founders of Mother Road Brewing live by the creed “finding joy in the adventure” and we’re 100% on board with that. This microbrew has a large outdoor patio that’s dog friendly. You can’t go wrong with a pint of Gold Road or Tower IPA. Bowls and water are available for four legged customers.

Mother Road Brewing

Go to Higher Ground

The mountains in Flagstaff are decorated with tall pines and snowy peaks. Drive up to the San Francisco Peaks, 9,500 feet above sea level. The first time we visited the Arizona Snowbowl it wasn’t quite ski season, but Leo still had a great time in the snow.

Arizona Snowbowl

Flagstaff is a great destination if you’re looking for dog friendly cities to visit. Other dog friendly things to do in Arizona include Petrified Forest National Park and Grand Canyon South Rim.

Where to stay: book a stay with AirBNB, rent an RV through Outdoorsy or find a campground with Campendium. We camped for free in the Coconino National Forest.