Hike The Continental Divide With Your Dog
Special Interest: CampingHiking
The Continental Divide covers trails in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico. We consider this to be a destination hike. You only need to hike a portion of it!
Please be aware that not all areas allow dogs! Before you go, do your research on the area you go to and which trails allows dogs. Different rules may apply if you cross state or park boundaries as you may need to board your dog if you go on go backpacking or hike for an extended period of time. The Continental Divide Trail Coalition provides a lot of useful tips to help you plan your trip.
Dogs are not allowed on trails in the following national parks: Rocky Mountain NP (CO), Yellowstone NP (WY), and GlacierNP (MT).
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Location: Montana | Idaho |Wyoming | Colorado | New Mexico
Activities: Hiking, Walking, Camping, Backpacking
Items Needed: Water, Poop Bags or Shovel, First Aid Kit, Tick Removal Tool, 6 Foot Non-Retractable Leash or Hands-Free Leash, Paw Protection, Reflective Gear On Your Dog, Other Appropriate Gear & Food
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. Pay attention to your dog's abilities and start slow. Remember to take small and steady water breaks to prevent bloat or water intoxication. And don't forget to check the paws! Watch your footing and steer clear of wild animals. Please follow leash laws and have good recall on your dog. Not all dogs are suitable for long hikes. Please be aware that some wild animals, such as coyotes, may actually be attracted to the presence of a dog.
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