You might not believe it, but Las Vegas is an incredibly dog-friendly place. In fact, in 2018, WalletHub ranked Las Vegas as the ninth most dog-friendly city in the country. Sin City not only boasts the second highest number of dog parks per capita, but it is also home to an impressive number of hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions that are just as inviting to four-legged guests as they are to two-legged ones.
If you’re planning a vacation to Las Vegas, there’s no need to leave your canine companion at home. While you can’t exactly let Fido pull up a seat at the blackjack table, there is a lot you can do in Las Vegas with your dog. From Downtown to Red Rock Canyon, here’s everything you need to know about visiting Las Vegas with your pup.
Let’s start with Downtown, which just might be the most dog-friendly part of Las Vegas. From Fremont Street to the Arts District, there are a large number of restaurants with dog-friendly patios. This includes Park on Fremont, Triple George Grill, Atomic Liquors and its sister restaurant The Kitchen at Atomic, Publicus and Jammyland. Dog lovers will definitely want to also check out the Hydrant Club, a boutique dog park right in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas that owes its name to its giant yellow hydrant.
The 4.2-mile long stretch of Las Vegas Blvd. makes for a great place for a long walk with your dog. Just be sure to head out early morning to avoid any crowds that might startle your pup. Unlike Downtown, there aren’t a lot of dog friendly dining options here, but there are a large number of dog-friendly hotels. A favorite among dog lovers is the Vdara. This non-smoking, non-gaming hotel offers dog-friendly rooms, in-suite dog dining plus a 24-hour dog park. Other properties with dog-friendly rooms include Harrah’s, Paris, Flamingo, Caesars Palace and The Cosmopolitan, among others.
If you’re looking to live like a local and get away from the Strip and Downtown for a bit, top dog-friendly neighborhoods include Summerlin and Henderson. In Summerlin, you’ll find Downtown Summerlin, a dog-friendly outdoor shopping and dining destination that includes the Lazy Dog, a casual restaurant with a dedicated dog patio and dog menu. Over on the other side of the valley, there’s Henderson, which offers 17 city-run dog parks plus Barx Parx, an indoor dog park where you can drink craft beer while your canine friend runs around.
Come summer in Las Vegas, Mt. Charleston is an alpine paradise where the air is cool and the trails are adventure-ready. Bring your dog here during the warmer desert months for a day of hiking, and then head to the dog friendly patio at Mt. Charleston Lodge where you can enjoy stunning mountain views plus beer and pizza. The menu includes dog-friendly fare, such as burgers.
Red Rock Canyon
Located just moments from Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon features towering sandstone cliffs, spring wildflowers and plenty of trails for you and your dog. The 13-mile long Scenic Loop offers plenty of places for both of you to park, get out and explore the desert. After a day of hiking, Cottonwood Station Eatery is your post-Red Rock destination for healthy, California-inspired cuisine, hard cider on tap, live music and a spacious patio where dogs are always welcome.