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4 Utah National Parks That Welcome Pets (Sort Of)

4 Utah National Parks That Welcome Pets (Sort Of)4 Utah National Parks That Welcome Pets (Sort Of)

As a seasoned national parks visitor, you already know that officials do not generally roll out the welcome mat for your dog. Concerns about attacks on wildlife and the destruction of fragile fauna rank high among the reservations that park officials have against Fido. Yet there are some Utah national parks that have far fewer restrictive rules than other venues.

Bryce Canyon National Park

Highway 63, Bryce Canyon, Utah


Open daily year-round

Bring along your dog but keep it leashed at all times. The leash should not be longer than 6 feet. Your pet may accompany you on all paved trails and roads. It may also visit Rim Trail between Sunset and Sunrise Points with you. You know that cleaning up after your pet is necessary at home. The same rule applies at Bryce Canyon National Park. In addition, prevent the dog from making "unreasonable noise." You may bring your dog to the campground of your choice, but do not tie the animal to a tree or even your RV and then leave. An unattended pet may earn you a $75 citation.

Zion National Park

State Route 9, Hurricane, Utah


Open daily year-round

In Zion National Park, your dog may accompany you on the unpaved Pa'rus Trail. Please keep the animal leashed on a 6-foot leash at all times, and bring along bags to clean up the droppings. Within a 100-foot radius from any road surface, your dog is welcome to explore. The pet is also welcome in developed campgrounds and picnic areas. You are permitted to leave the animal unattended in a developed campground, unless you do so by tying up the pet or causing it to make too much noise.

Canyonlands National Park

Highway 313, Moab, Utah


Open daily year-round

Bring your dog when you are RV camping in Canyonlands National Park. The animal may walk with you -- on a 6-foot leash -- along paved roads and even explore the Potash/Shafer Canyon road that connects Moab and the Island in the Sky. Keep Fido off all other trails, and do not take him into the backcountry. Remember to clean up after your dog!

Capitol Reef National Park

HC 70, Torrey, Utah


Open daily year-round

While your dog may not go on the hiking trials, it is welcome to spend time with you in the campground and travel on the trail from the camping area to the visitor center. Fido may also visit the orchards with you and walk along the roads (properly leashed). Remember to clean up after your animal and never leave it unattended.


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