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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Something to Bark About

Photo Credit: @mee.uhh
Photo Credit: @mee.uhh

The Greater Palm Springs crowd takes its love of dogs seriously. Beyond the pet-friendly resorts and restaurants throughout the destination, pups enter photo contests and rule the runway at Fashion Week El Paseo, Animal Samaritans has their back, they ride the BUZZ, and enjoy doggy pampering, playtime, and parties at Venus de Fido. more »

Hit the Trail

Archie on the Araby Trail - Photo Credit: @betsy_cooper
Archie on the Araby Trail - Photo Credit: @betsy_cooper

When you and Duke want a dose of adventure, head out on one of the dog-friendly trails in Greater Palm Springs. From no-sweat nature hikes to exhilarating uphill climbs, there’s plenty to explore in this eye-catching oasis with its vast network of trails weaving through canyons, foothills, and mountains. Here are five hiking trails that will have you both bounding with enthusiasm during your odyssey outdoors. more »

Share a Bite

The Grill on Main - Photo Credit: @lupi_sayer
The Grill on Main - Photo Credit: @lupi_sayer

Perfect weather for eating al fresco makes Greater Palm Springs an ideal locale to dine with your dog. In fact, countless eateries cater to pups with water bowls, treats, and plenty of social interaction—from casual cafés to fine dining under the stars. When happy hour rolls around, you’re likely to find a dog-friendly bar patio hosting yappy hour too. We’ve tracked down five top hotspots for hounds and humans alike. more »

Snoozing and Specials

Parker Palm Springs - Photo Credit: @mimi___cry
Parker Palm Springs - Photo Credit: @mimi___cry

In Greater Palm Springs, you’ll find plenty of options to accommodate your four-legged friend. At many hotels, expect to see your pooch pampered with a plethora of fantastic perks—from snuggly dog beds and signature pet menus to in-room massage and tantalizing munchies. And with the exception of the new Hotel Paseo, the historic properties below have been beautifully restored. You and Fido may never want to leave. more »

In GPS, Five Pet-Friendly Hotels Are Raising the Bar

Photo courtesy of Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa
Photo courtesy of Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa

A winter visit to Greater Palm Springs is more than a change of scenery: it’s a change of mind—for your four-legged buddy as well as for you. Your visit will be greatly enhanced by choosing a hotel where you and yours will be welcomed, pampered and attended to at every turn. Here are five that are raising the bar. more »

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

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46920 Jefferson St.
Indio, California 92201
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California City, California 93505
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