Fond of traveling and exploring our country's fantastic National Park system, but don't want to leave your pup behind? Don't worry, there are several fantastic parks that are dog friendly on the campgrounds, trails, and public areas. Here are a few of our favorites:
1. Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona
While you can't bring your pup into the canyon itself, the 13 mile South Rim Trail is paved and 100% dog friendly. Take in the majestic views of the canyon while still enjoying time with Fido. Although pets must be leashed, they are welcome on trails above the rim , several campgrounds, and other developed areas. There's even a kennel where you can board your dog if you want to take a day trip into the canyon trails.
2. Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado
If your dog loves to dig, run, and play, definitely check out Great Sand Dunes in Colorado. Dogs are allowed (on leash) in the preserve and up to the first high ridge of dunes. Remember that the sand can get very hot in summer (up to 150 degrees F!) so protect your dogs feet, play in the morning, and bring plenty of water and a collapsable bowl.
3. Shenandoah National Park in Virginia
Over on the eastern side of the U.S., make sure to check out Shenandoah National Park. It's one of the few national parks that allow leashed pets on most trails. In fact, only 20 of the over 500 trail miles are off limits! That's plenty of hiking to explore with your pooch. Dogs are also allowed in the campgrounds if you want to camp out.
4. Acadia National Park in Maine
If the northeast has been calling your name, be sure to stop by Acadia National Park in Maine. Acadia has over 100 miles of dog friendly hiking trails and 45 miles of carriage roads for you to explore. Several campgrounds are also pet friendly.
There are many more parks that allow dogs in the parking lots and public areas, but the above list are some of the friendliest for Fido. Always make sure your dogs are leashed and you're following any park rules. Happy trails!