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LA dog lovers enjoy the many wonders of pet-friendly Sedona, Arizona.

Vacation? Don't leave your best buddy behind.
Vacation? Don't leave your best buddy behind.
El Portal Sedona

Sedona, AZ -- If you’re planning to take your pet with you on your next getaway, you’re not alone. Pet travel is one of the largest growing segments of the travel industry today. People no longer want to leave their beloved four legged family member at home, or in a kennel while the rest of the family has fun on their vacation.

One place where travelers can be assured that their pet will be treated as a valued guest is El Portal Sedona Hotel in Sedona, Arizona. This luxury boutique hotel doesn’t just allow pets; they welcome them with open arms, and there is never a fee for pets.

El Portal owners, Steve and Connie Segner, have a long history in the pet care industry. The pet friendly Sedona hotel was designed with dogs in mind, with wood and tile flooring throughout, special dog patios in some rooms and a designated doggie exercise area on the grounds of the hotel. Guests traveling with canine companions receive a special treat basket upon arrival, with a blanket, doggie bags and more. The Inn will accommodate special feeding requirements. They just ask guests to notify them of the special needs prior to their arrival. El Portal even provides free dog sitting so human guests can explore Sedona. The staff will walk, water, and feed their furry guests - so the owners can wander the area and have fun without worry.

In an effort to make dogs feel right at home, Segner allows canines everywhere in the hotel, including the spacious great room and the beautiful central courtyard patio. Because he knows all the fun places to go, eat, play, etc. with pets, Segner will personally make hiking and sightseeing suggestions. He will also take care of any kayaking or helicopter excursions as well as wine tours and Grand Canyon adventures.

The hotel is located next to the historic Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village for shopping and dining, and is within walking distance of Oak Creek, which has many shops that are pet friendly.

The Segners and staff keep their lists of groomers, pet friendly parks, and pet food and supplies in the Sedona area handy, and help dog loving guests with State and National Park pet regulations. Some doggie favorites include the Sedona Dog Park – an off-leash park where dogs can romp and play; West Fork Hiking Trail – one of the best trails in Arizona and one of the top ten in the country. Dogs and their owners can also try Grasshopper Point – a natural swimming hole surrounded by the beauty of Oak Creek Canyon; or Marg’s Draw Hiking Trail – an easy to moderate hike with stunning vistas of the towering red rocks. All welcome well-behaved dogs.
El Portal caters to their human guests too. The twelve room luxury inn was designed and built with scrupulous attention to detail featuring turn of the century Southwestern design, 18-inch thick handmade adobe walls, recycled wood trim and natural native stone. Each spacious room is filled with unique features such as museum quality Arts and Crafts furnishings, soaring beamed ceilings and hand-painted details. Rooms feature all modern amenities such as fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, free WiFi, TV, phones, and more.

For more information, contact El Portal Sedona at 800-313-0017 or

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