Man’s best friend enjoys an active vacation almost as much as people. Riding with the windows down, feeling their ears flapping in the wind, investigating new smells at the rest stops and meeting other happy tails on the trails.
As humans, we know that traveling with pet dogs can make things a little complicated. However, a trip to Bryce Canyon Country is just what the vet ordered — and it’s actually easy to make happen.
National Parks have a reputation for not being terribly accessible for four-legged travel companions, but that’s not true. Dogs are allowed on all paved surfaces in Bryce Canyon National Park including campgrounds! Keep your dogs on a leash, pick up the poo, and don’t let them be social with any wildlife, and you’re free to visit the vistas. After all, this hoodoo haven wouldn’t be the same without them.
The rest of Bryce Canyon Country is extraordinarily dog-friendly. Explore Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Red Canyon and Dixie National Forest with scenic views from the Ponderosa pines to the sandstone rock formations and more.
Where to Stay with Your Dog
Although finding a pet-friendly place to stay can be a big headache, there are options in Bryce Canyon Country. Dogs are welcome in many campgrounds inside the National Park as well as campgrounds in the Panguitch Lake and Boulder Mountain areas.
Not a camper? Bryce Canyon Country has around 20 hotels, lodges and other rental properties in Escalante, Panguitch, the Bryce Canyon area and Boulder that let your pet bunk with you. This way, you can explore all day long and have a phenomenal place with a bed and a roof over your head.
If you’re interested in longer trails and other activities where dogs aren’t allowed, there are a couple of kennel options to keep them cozy until you return.
Let’s start with this list of 5 Dog-friendly Hikes. These trails have it all: dogs are allowed, the views are killer, and everyone is bound to have a blast.
Another highly-recommended option is Lower Calf Creek Falls in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Situated between the towns of Boulder and Escalante, this trail is moderately difficult. You and your doggo will be rewarded with a beautiful waterfall and place to splash around in afterward. And while Fido is frolicking ahead of you on the trail, keep an eye out for ancient petroglyphs along the way.
Tips and Tricks
To make the most of the memories created with your pet dog, come prepared with the right supplies. Bring plenty of poop bags to keep trails, campgrounds and rest areas clean. And bring a little Lysol and paper towels in case there’s an accident while on the road — after all, you never know!
Being in Southern Utah, temperatures will be on the hotter side of hot and the colder side of cold depending on the season. Make sure to prep your pup (and yourself) accordingly. Year-round, it’s vital to carry plenty of water on the trails to stay hydrated. In the winter, dog jackets might be appropriate in some areas. Whereas in the summer, if your canine is bred for colder weather, be careful on long hikes in the summer.
Now Get Moving!
Bryce Canyon Country truly is a world-class destination for humans and pets alike. Following these tips and resources, you’ll be set for an unforgettable adventure with your furry friend. It’s much more doable than you’ve ever imagined.