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Glendale Arizona

Updated on June 15, 2015

Grand Canal Linear Park

Grand Canal Linear Park has about about three miles worth of paved trails that runs near the grand canal. The park eventually links to the western area regional park near the university of Phoenix stadium. Unlike many walking areas in Glendale this park is covered in grass and there are many over hanging trees.

Glendale Chocolate Affaire

The Glendale Chocolate Affaire is a festival that takes place in Glendale during the end of January every year. The festival is located in Murphy Park 58th and Glendale avenues in the heart of Historic Downtown Glendale. Parking and entry are both free.

The festival features over 40 chocolate purveyors, with confections like chocolate-covered strawberries, chocolate-drizzled kettle corn, chocolate-covered nuts, berry chocolate kabobs, fudge popsicles, chocolate-covered cheesecake and bananas, fried Twinkies and fried Snickers dipped in chocolate and much more. Activities include Superbowl events, hands-on arts and crafts, face-painting, rock-climbing wall, live music, games, and a sports area.

Glendale Xeriscape Botanical Garden

The Glendale Xeriscape Botanical Garden is home to over 400 different species of plants. There is no admission fee and visitors are free to wander the gardens at will. The garden is a low-water-use plant demonstration garden. The idea behind the garden is to get people to use low water plants in their landscaping so as to conserve water. All of the plants in the gardens are one's that visitors can have in their own yards. Each plan has a label so that visitors may identify the plants easily it is recommend that visitors bring a smart phone or a note pad to keep track of the plants they are interested in getting.

Cerreta Candy Company

Cerreta Candy Company is a family owned candy store that has been operating out of Glendale for more than forty years. The store offers an assortment of candy ranging from assorted chocolates,french mints, barks, and brittles to cactus chews. While the store alone can be interesting the company also offers a 30 minute behind the scenes tour that shows visitors how their candy is made. It is important to contact the company before hand for tour times and prices.

The Cerreta’s strive to create a fun and lively atmosphere where everyone can see candy magic being made. Take a special guided tour of our family-owned candy factory. We’ll show you how a sea of caramel becomes wrapped tempting treats. Learn how our cream centers are enrobed in luscious chocolate. 30-minute guided tours are offered Monday through Friday at 10am and 1pm.

— Cerreta Candy Company

Off-Leash Dog Parks in the Glendale Area

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A markerFoothills Dog Park -
North 57th Drive, Glendale, AZ 85308, USA
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This clean, well-maintained dog park is a great place for your pet to play off-leash. Fully fenced with a separate area for small dogs.

B markerSahuaro Ranch Park -
9802 North 59th Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85302, USA
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Your pet will love the chance to play off-leash in the designated area north of the west parking lot at this Glendale public park.

C markerNorthern Horizon Park Dog Park -
7800 North 63rd Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85301, USA
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This Glendale park has a large, fenced dog run where your pet is welcome to play off-leash. Includes separate small dog area and water fountains.

D markerPioneer Community Park Off-Leash Dog Park -
8755 North 83rd Avenue, Peoria, AZ 85345, USA
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This jewel of the south features an amazing list of amenities for kids of all ages, and our four-legged residents

E markerSmall Dog Park -
15960 North Bullard Avenue, Surprise, AZ 85374, USA
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Play area for dogs under 20 pounds, located in a community park known for tennis & racket sports.

F markerScotland Yard Dog Park -
9251 West Scotland Avenue, Peoria, AZ 85345, USA
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G markerParkridge Park Dog Park -
9734 West Beardsley Road, Peoria, AZ 85382, USA
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H markerSunnyslope Park -
9280 North 71st Avenue, Peoria, AZ 85345, USA
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Hiking in Arizona

There are two main places to venture to if you wish to hike with your dog. Before going it is very important that you know what trail you plan to take, that you bring supplies, inform someone that's not coming with you what trail you plan to take and when, and that you take safety precautions. Many trails in Arizona have wildlife that ranges from snakes to coyotes, coyotes have been known to attack dogs on trails so it is important to be prepared to deal with them. Some stomping, yelling, and rock throwing can normally scare them off, but it would also be a good idea to have some pepper spray on hand to ward them off if they get to close. For snakes it is important that you educate yourself on which snakes are poisonous and which are not. It is always best to avoid all snakes even if you think they are safe. Do NOT try to move them or scare them just turn around and go back the way you came.

Hiking Supplies to have on hand

Necessities if You are Bringing a Dog
Water or Sports Drink
Extra Water
Cell Phone
Basic First Aid Supplies
Pet Safe first aid supplies
Pepper Spray
A Treat That Your Pet WILL Come For

Thunderbird Conservation Park

Thunderbird Conservation Park- W Pinnacle Peak Rd & 59th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85302

The Thunderbird Conservation Park is a large desert park featuring hiking, equestrian riding trails, mountain biking trails, and bird watching spots. Thunderbird Conservation Park is a,185-acre park in the Hedgpeth Hills; it is classed as a conservation park dedicated because it is meant to preserving the desert environment. The park has about 15 miles worth of trails that have been constructed through the efforts of volunteer groups.

The Thunderbird Conservation Park has eight main trails of differing levels of difficulty. The eight trails, their distance, and difficulty can be observed in the table below. It is strongly recommend that hobby hikers and dog walkers stick to the easy trails. Also it is important that hikers know that due to the weather the trails are all raised a level of difficulty during the summer months.

Thunderbird Conservation Park Trails

Approximate Distance in miles
Coach Whip
Arrowhead Point
Moderately Difficult
Cholla Loop
Desert Iguana

White Tank Mountain Regional Park

White Tank Mountain Regional Park- 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road
Waddell, AZ 85355

White Tank Mountain Regional Park is open: Sunday through Thursday from 6 am to 8 pm and Friday through Saturday from 6 am to 10 pm with a $6 entrance fee per vehicle. White Tank Mountain Regional Park has about 24 miles worth of different trails with their own difficulty and distance. The park allows horse back riders and dog walkers on the various trails as long as the animals are well behaved. The overall preferred trail is the Waterfall Trail which is suitable for all ages and leads to the Petroglyph Plaza, it is about two miles long. No matter what trail you decide to take always make sure to stop by the visitor center first to get a map, for safety reasons it is always important to have a map of the trails with you as well as your hiking supplies.


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