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Traveling with pets can be a real joy, or it can become a danger to them, especially here in the high desert where interior car temperatures can be deceptively high -- or low. It's best not to leave your pet unattended for more than a few minutes.

Hotels in the region are becoming increasingly pet friendly. In a pinch, you can always rely on Motel 6 for accepting pets. Websites worth checking out include www.petswelcome.com, www.pettravel.com, and www.travelpets.com.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.