The Town That Went to the Dogs…

Date January 14, 2008 at 11:00 PM


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When I was growing up in Santa Fe, and the town was half its current size, I remember my father telling me there were probably more dogs living here than people. After all, dogs are smart and have good taste. They're also easier to communicate with. St. Francis of Assisi would have been proud of the way we look after and love our dogs. As you can see below, whether you're living here or just visiting, there are plenty of canine services and canine-friendly establishments. Here's a partial list:

Hotels and Motels that Welcome Fido:

Hacienda Doña Andrea de Santa Fe

78 Vista del Oro
Cerrillos, New Mexico 87010

This just out-of-town hotel, set in the folds of 64 acres of rolling and mountainous terrain, happily accepts dogs of all sizes. If your dog ever gets lonely, he or she can always hang with Daisy, the resident terrier. No add-on dog fees.

Best Western Inn of Santa Fe

3650 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507

Dogs of all shapes and sizes are welcome. No additional fees, but dogs are not allowed to be left unattended in the rooms.

El Paradero Bed and Breakfast Inn

220 W. Manhattan Ave
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

Only a few minutes from the Plaza, in the Railyard district, this adorable B&B has a $15 nightly surcharge for dogs.

Eldorado Hotel

309 W San Francisco
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

Right downtown, this award-winning, amenity-rich hotel charges a one-time $50 pet fee.

Hampton Inn

3625 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505

Guests bringing dogs are required to sign a responsibility pledge at check in. No additional fees, but dogs cannot be left unattended in the rooms.

Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza

100 Sandoval Street
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

Across from the Eldorado Hotel in the downtown area, a one-time fee of $50 is charged for your canine. Also, you must bring a kennel, and the dog kept contained, when the housekeeper is working in the room.

Inn of the Anasazi

113 Washington Avenue
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

A stone's throw from the Plaza, this top-rated hotel has a one-time pet fee of $20.

La Quinta Inn Santa Fe

4298 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507

No additional pet fees. Dogs cannot be left alone in the rooms.

Motel 6

3007 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507

Upon arrival, guests must notify the front desk of their pets. Guests are liable for any damages, and must keep their dogs attended to at all times.

Park Inn and Suites

2907 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507

There is a per night pet fee of $10. Dogs cannot be left alone in the rooms.

Quality Inn

3011 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507

This establishment permits up to 3 small or two large dogs per room. An additional $10 per night per room fee applies.

Red Roof Inn

3695 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505

Upon arrival, guests must notify the front desk of their pets, are liable for any damages, and must be with their dogs in the rooms.

Residence Inn

1698 Galisteo Street
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505

Upon arrival, there is a $75 one-time fee and a pet policy that guests are required to sign. All shapes and sizes are welcomed.

Pooch Tolerant Restaurants:

Cloud Cliff Bakery and Restaurant

1805 Second Street
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Dogs allowed only at outside eating area and must be on leash.

Il Piatto

95 W Marcy
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Dogs allowed only at outside eating area and must be on leash.

Whole Foods Market

753 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Dogs allowed at outside eating area of the deli but must be on leash.

Counter Culture

930 Baca Street
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505

Dogs allowed only at outside eating areas and must be leashed.


58 S Federal Place
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

Dogs are allowed to sit with you at the outside eating area depending on crowds and good behavior by your dog, which must also be leashed.

The Great Outdoors:

Many, but not all city, state and federal hiking trails and camping sites, allow dogs. Check with the Parks Department or appropriate agencies. In addition to bringing enough water and food for your dog, a leash is required, as is cleaning up after your pooch. Here are a few favorites of the canine crowd.

Atalaya Trail

Trailhead is off Camino De Cruz Blanca (right before Wilderness Gate) or Saint John's College parking lot. Look to spend a good hour with your pooch as you ascend up to the 9,100' summit. If you're worried that the hike might be too rough for your canine, there are some easier trails on the way up. Great city views await you at the top.

Dale Ball Trail System

There are two access points: one at the north trailhead on NM 475 at Sierra del Norte, the other near the intersection of Cerro Gordo and Upper Canyon Road. Both are relatively easy, casual and close to town. Be aware that mountain bikers sometimes share the trail with you so keep an on your dog.

Borrega Trail

Next to the Winsor trailhead (Ski Basin area at around 10,000 feet), the trail begins with a descent which leads to a stroll through high-alpine forests. Perfect for kids as well as dogs.

Santa Fe Baldy

For the most fit dogs and owners, this full-day hike through the Santa Fe National Forest begins at Winsor Trail and takes you to Santa Fe's highest summit-Baldy-in the Pecos Wilderness at 12,622 feet. (North Truchas Peak, in Rio Arriba County north of Santa Fe, bests it at 13,024 ft.)

Nambe Lake

After following the Santa Fe Baldy trail through a gate, you and your pooch will begin a long descent down. When you get to the bottom of the descent, take a right and begin up a steep hill. The hill will open out on a beautiful meadow. From the meadow you will begin a long, steep, ascent up the trail. Many dogs and owners turn back, but those who stick it out are rewarded with a breath-taking view of the lake at the top.

Lake Peak

It's best if you and Fido start at the crack of dawn and ascend from the backside, where you follow the Santa Fe Baldy trail. Eventually the trail will take you to a fork in a huge meadow. Go right on the fork. The trail will lead you to the top of Lake Peak and some extraordinary views.



2500 Sawmill Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 992-8015

Braemarr Pet Resort

906 Old Las Vegas Hwy
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 466-2222

Country Boarding Kennels

27712 W Frontage Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 471-2444


Aardvark Veterinary Clinic

217 E Marcy Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 989-4343

Byrne, T Murt DVM - Eldorado Animal Clinic

20 N Chamisa Drive
(505) 466-0650

Smith Veterinary Hospital

600 Alta Vista Street
(505) 982-4418

Arrighetti Animal Hospital

1882 Plaza Del Sur Drive
(505) 471-2888

Hinko, Philip J DVM - Animal Clinic

1500 Cerrillos Road
(505) 982-9821


Braemarr Pet Grooming Shoppe

7 Avenida Vista Grande
(505) 466-6708


825 Early Street
(505) 989-1414

Superdog Grooming

3005 S. Saint Francis Drive
(505) 955-0708

Singing Scissors

1908 Chamisa Street
(505) 466-28886

Obedience and Related Schools

Assistance Dogs of the West

914 Baca Street
(505) 986-9748

Dances With Woofs

(505) 471-2784

Santa Fe Obedience Club

(505) 438-0244

Gregory Evelyn

(505) 466-1875

Positive Results

(505) 670-7477

Pooch Daycare:

Lucky Dawg Daycare

1124 A Calle La Resolana
(505) 983-6670

Paw Print Kennels

1196 Harrison Rd (505) 438-7777
I-25 W Frontage Rd (505) 471-7194

Pet Suites

7502 Mallard Way
(505) 424-7387

Paws Playland

1416 4th St
(505) 820-7529