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Canyonlands National Park, UT

Take your dog desert camping.

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    Take your dog desert camping.

    Special Interest: Camping

    The Canyonlands National Park, (Moab, UT) is divided into 4 districts each with fantastic landscapes and desert scenery: Island in the Sky, The Needles, The Maze, and the rivers. Maps are accessible online. Road access is not connected throughout each of the 4 districts.

    Dogs are not allowed on hiking trails, at overlooks, in the backcountry, even on a boat or in a vehicle. They are also not allowed to go with you on the White Rim Road (which requires separate permit). This limits how much you can really do with your dog here. Service animals are allowed everywhere with their owner.

    Dogs are allowed in developed areas on a six-foot or less leash, on paved roads, parking lots, and on the Potash/Shafer Canyon road between Moab and Island in the Sky. The park provides some tips on what you can do. There is a kennel nearby where you can board your dog for the day while you go hiking in the park.

    The park is opened year-round, but service and access to some parts may be limited during the winter. Check for road closures during the winter. A great place to start out is the visitor center at Island in the Sky (Grand View Point Rd, Moab, UT 84532) or at The Needles (Highway 211, Moab, UT 84532).

    Developed campgrounds where pets can stay include Island in the Sky (Willow Flat) Campground and The Needles (Squaw Flat) Campground. There is no water at Island of the Sky (Willow Flat) Campground and reservations are on a first-come first serve basis. Advanced reservations may be made at certain times of the year for The Needles (Squaw Flat) Campground online at


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    Location: Moab, UT |  Utah
    Activities: Camping, Sightseeing

    TAGS: Camping, Canyonlands, Desert, Moab, Sightseeing, Utah

    Items Needed: 6 Foot Leash, Poop Bags, Water, Paw Protection, Cooling Vest, Sun Protection, Booties or Paw Protection, Appropriate Camping Gear.

    Safety: Please consult your vet before hiking with your dog, especially if you have a puppy or a dog that is not fully vaccinated. It's best not to go when it is too cold or hot. The desert can get very hot so you should also not leave dogs in a hot car. The park recommends not to leave your dog in the car even if it is 68 degrees outside. Dogs should never be left unattended at a campsite. There are bears and other wildlife in the area.

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