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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-25-2017, 11:10 AM Thread Starter
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Taking my dog to UT

My husband and I would like to visit southern UT, big 5 national parks. We want to hike and we want to take Greta. But I find that much of the parks are not dog friendly. Has anyone been there with their dog and could give me any advice? I started hiking/backpacking as something I could do with my dogs and I don't want to leave her behind. Is there any way to have a good time there, see the parks with Greta? Thanks.
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We just got back from there and had a blast! A lot of the stores even let us bring in our pups. (ours are very well behaved and are quite friendly)

The only problem we had were that the pups had a hard time walking on some of the rocky surfaces and were unsure of their footing on slick spots.

There isn't a lot of water so bring plenty for the pups!
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Tons of hikes in Escalante for the dogs. Also Kodachrome state park. Red Canyon is another - like Bryce but dog friendly (I think leashed though, been awhile). We also took the dogs cross country skiing just outside Bryce once - near Ruby's. I assume it is national Forest around there - it has just been awhile.
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Thanks, this is encouraging. Great picture! What we want to do is base camp in one of the parks and day hike in the others. Maybe we will need to hike in the surrounding state parks, and just stop and look in the national parks. It appears that the trails in the national parks are no dogs. But I think the campgrounds are ok with leashed dogs. If anyone else has any info, I would love to hear it.
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Yes - no dogs on trails is pretty much a national park rule (exceptions are some paved trails in my experience). National forest and blm allow dogs and Utah state parks seem to allow dogs (at least the two I went to in southern Utah). When I did research, I landed on Americansouthwest.net and got a lot of cool places to take the dogs. Utah is one of my favorite places to visit.

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Yes, I visited Bryce a long time ago, and we ended up at Red Canyon state park just down the road. There was nobody there (it was spring and there was still some snow) and it was beautiful. A good rule of thumb is that BLM and National Forest are usually very dog friendly. You can also camp for free for up to two weeks in any non-posted spots in the National Forest (we took full advantage of that when working the summer season and saved on rent...). I had my dog and we never had any trouble.

The one thing I always have to add is that my dog did end up with the fungal infection Valley Fever after that summer- he probably got it on road trips to Arizona, as I don't think it's in Utah, but do look into it and make sure you do your best to avoid exposing your dog.

Enjoy! I'd love to go back someday.


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Not sure about Utah but I know lots of public land in Colorado and South Dakota is very dog friendly. Went to Colorado last year and there were tons of dog friendly activities around Grand Junction and Colorado Springs. This year went to the Black Hills in South Dakota and was even more dog friendly stuff to do. I have heard that some National Parks have day kennels that you can keep your dog at if it's not a dog friendly park. Great thing about traveling out west with a dog is all the open space, lots of places you can just let the dog run around away from other people.
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