California Deserts

Desert Region

The Desert Region cuts through five counties of the southeastern portion of California and encompasses millions of acres of protected lands. This vast region is very dog-friendly, from the Greater Palm Springs area (cities of the Coachella Valley), to Joshua Tree and Anza Borrego and up to Death Valley.

The stories below give you some great ideas of how to get the most doggone fun out of the region. A reminder, when traveling in the deserts in winter or summer, be sure you and your pup are well hydrated and be aware of your surroundings. Here are some tips to keep everyone safe.
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The California Desert Region

Ranger at Joshua Tree National Park. Photo Credit: Lisa Hernandez
Ranger at Joshua Tree National Park. Photo Credit: Lisa Hernandez

The Greater Palm Springs area, cutting through five counties and encompassing millions of acres of protected lands, is the perfect place to begin exploring the much larger Desert Regions of California. Here are some dog-friendly suggestions on where to go and what to do in the fall and winter months. more »

Pamper Your Pooch

Happy Critter
Happy Critter

Not only can dogs dine with their owners and enjoy their very own doggy spa days in Greater Palm Springs, they have plenty of shopping opportunities, too. From gourmet dog food to customized outfits, these canine boutiques have everything you can imagine to make both of you do a happy dance. more »

Winter Tips for Visiting the Desert With Your Dog

Desert Dog. Photo Credit: Ken Bosma (CC)
Desert Dog. Photo Credit: Ken Bosma (CC)

1. While winter temperatures in Southern California deserts are mild, heat can still build up fast inside a car. Be very, very cautious about leaving your dog unattended, even for a short while. If you must step away for a few minutes, make sure the outdoor temperature is below 60 degrees, and leave the windows cracked.

2. Bring water—lots of water. Dogs, like people, need frequent hydration in a desert climate. It’s a good idea to carry water for both of you wherever you go, whether on foot or in a vehicle. If you’re dog isn’t trained to drink from a water bottle while hiking, carry a collapsible bowl. more »

Let The Dogs Out

Dog Party!
Dog Party!

Whether you stand on two legs or four, there’s no better way to enjoy your time in Greater Palm Springs than by going outside to soak up the sunshine and picturesque vistas. When your dog is ready for a romp, head to one of many dog parks where you can enjoy the outdoors together, whether you’re in Palm Springs, Indio, or somewhere in-between. more »

Perfect Patios For Pooches

I know she is gonna drop some bacon.
I know she is gonna drop some bacon.

Greater Palm Springs is head over heels in puppy love with our furry pals—especially when it comes to pet-friendly patio restaurants. From lush gardens to establishments with exclusive dog menus, these local patios give every dog a way to have its day in the oasis. Are you all ears yet? Then check out these pawsitively perfect patios for pooches. more »

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Emergency Services

Palm Springs Dog Park
3200 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, California 92262
Phone: (760) 323-8283

VCA Desert Animal Hospital
4299 E. Ramon Rd.
Palm Springs, California 92264
Phone: (760) 778-9999

VCA Valley Animal Medical Hospital and Emergency Hospital
46920 Jefferson St.
Indio, California 92201
Phone: (760) 342-4711

Humane Societies/Shelters

City of Palm Springs Animal Shelter
4575 East Mesquite Ave.
Palm Springs, California
Phone: (760) 416-5718

Humane Society of the Desert
17825 North Indian Canyon Ave.
North Palm Springs, California 92258
Phone: (760) 329-0203

Morongo Basin Humane Society
4646 Sunview Road
Joshua Tree, California 92252
Phone: (760) 366-3786

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