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George S. Mickelson Trail, SD

The George S. Mickelson Trail is in the Black Hills between Deadwood and Edgemont, South Dakota. This multi-purpose, gravel trail is 109 miles and 15 trailheads, open to bikers, hikers, horseback riders, fat tire bikers, cross-country skiers and snowshoeing. Dogs must be on leash.

It’s a great place to visit during the summer as you’ll get shade from the pine and ponderosa trees, prairie land, and along the trail. You’ll also see 100 converted railroad bridges and 4 rock tunnels. The trail closer to Deadwood travels close to several creeks and rivers – and a great spot to take a break and play with your dog in the water. A portion of the trail that passes through private land may be restricted to dogs.

George S. Mickelson Trail Quick Links
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Website: Link
Maps & Access: Map
Start: Deadwood, SD 44.370657, -103.728618 Map
End: Edgemont, SD 43.311459, -103.818150 Map
Terrain: Gravel
Elevation: Gradual changes in elevation, Chart
Dog Policy: Dogs must be leashed. There may be restrictions on private lands. Info

Maps of the trail may be found on the State of South Dakota website, including locations of all 15 trailheads.

If you want to bike the trail in 3 days and go with an organized group, consider riding in the Mickelson Trail Trek held the 3rd weekend in September each year. Register early as spots fill up very fast.

The George S. Mickelson Trail starts and ends at:

Deadwood, SD 57732
Off CanAm Hwy 85
GPS Coordinates 44.370657, -103.728618 Map

Deadwood is also home to the many adventures of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, so you can always take a side trip and take a step back into the wild west with your dog.

Edgemont, SD 57735
Off Hwy 185, just north of Old Hwy 18
GPS Coordinates 43.311459, -103.818150 Map

Trail users over 12 must have a pass. The majority of the trail is flat, but a small portion may be challenging. The first few miles from Deadwood come with an elevation gain, so you may decide to start at a city farther south. Hours of operation are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunrise, year-round. Have more questions? Cell phone coverage will be very spotty. Call the Trail Headquarters office at 605.584.3896 or visit the website for more information.

Keep an eye out for rattlesnakes, mountain lions, and other wildlife along the trail. Poison ivy may also be present along the trail. Cattle and other domesticated animals may also be on the trail. Please respect their space and stay off private lands.

The trail does not allow for motorized vehicles. Snowmobiles are the only vehicle allowed on the trail, but restricted to the trail between Deadwood (Trailhead #1) and Dumont (Trailhead #5) in the winter. Users may bring electric powered wheelchairs and scooters.


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Location: Lead | Deadwood | Edgemont | South Dakota
Activities: Biking, Mountain Biking, Fat Tire Biking, Walking, Running, Snowshoeing, Cross-Country Skiing, Mushing

Great Allegheny Passage Trail, MD & PA

The Great Allegheny Passage Trail (GAP Trail) is the longest rails-to-trails east of the Mississipi River at over 150 miles through Pennsylvania and Maryland. The trail starts in Cumberland, MD and ends in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The trail is made of fine crushed limestone and suitable for all bikes, but better for hybrid or mountain bikes. Many use this trail for biking, hiking, horseback riding (designated areas), cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. Dogs must be on leash. No motorized vehicles are allowed on the trail. Electric mobility devices are allowed with slight restrictions.

Great Allegheny Passage Trail Quick Links
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Maps & Access: Map
Start: Cumberland, MD 39.649859, -78.763565 Map
End: Pittsburgh, PA 40.441887, -80.013234 Map
Terrain: Gravel (Crushed Limestone)
Elevation: Chart
Dog Policy: Dogs must be leashed. Info

The Great Allegheny Passage Trail is open year-round from dawn to dusk. Maps and elevation changes of the trail are available on the Great Allegheny Passage website. There’s a printable map available as well.

If you are choosing a westbound path to go on with your dog, we would avoid the Cumberland, MD to Deal, MD route. Obviously, if going eastbound, it would be between Connellsville, PA and Deal, MD. You can find a trail access area on the GAP Trail website. Shuttles are also available in certain cities along the trail.

The Great Allegheny Passage Trail starts and ends at:

Cumberland Visitor Center – C&O Canal National Historial Park
Western Maryland Railroad Station
13 Canal St, Cumberland, MD 21502
GPS Coordinates 39.649859, -78.763565 Map
This is actually the end point of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Towpath Trail.

Great Allegheny Passage (Western Terminus)
Three Rivers Heritage Trail
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
GPS Coordinates 40.441887, -80.013234 Map

Interested in camping? There are many campgrounds along the way.

The Great Allegheny Passage Trail actually connects to the 184.5 mile Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O – http://bikewashington.org/canal/) Canal Towpath Trail at Cumberland, Maryland all the way to in Washington, DC for a total of 335 miles. The C&O trail is very flat (1.4% average grade) so a perfect option for dogs and families.

The Montour Trail will connect to the Great Allegheny Passage Trail at McKeesport, PA and go towards Pittsburgh International Airport and Coraopolis.


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Location: Pittsburgh | Homestead | McKeesport | Boston | West Newton | Connellsville | Ohiopyle | Confluence | Rockwood | Meyersdale | Deal | Frostburg | Cumberland | Maryland | Pennsylvania
Activities: Walking, Biking, Mountain Biking, Running, Snowshoeing, Cross-Country Skiing, Mushing

Erie Canalway Trail, NY

The Erie Canalway extends 360 miles through much of upstate New York starting in Buffalo and ending in Albany.

The trail is both paved as well as gravel. Portions of the trail runs along or passes through the Erie Canal, Hudson River, Mohawk River, Niagara River and beautiful Adirondack Mountains. The park also passes through many parks, giving you a place for you and your dog to stop and play, rest, and eat.

Erie Canalway Trail Quick Links
Pawtivity Listing: Essential info & tips for dog owners. Link
Website: Link
Maps & Access: Map
Start: Buffalo, NY 42.878394, -78.880998 Map
End: Albany, NY 42.649998, -73.749547 Map
Terrain: Paved and Gravel (Stone Dust)
Elevation: Chart
Dog Policy: Dogs must be leashed. Info

Dogs should be on leash. The trail is open to other pedestrians and horses (at Old Erie Canal State Park). Cross-country skiing is allowed during winter months when snow is on the trail.

An interactive map is available on the Parks & Trails New York website. The map also gives you information on trail conditions, visitor information, parking, trailheads, connections to other trails, and attractions. Thanks New York – very useful!

The Erie Canalway Trail start and end points are:

Veterans Park
Along Marine Dr.
1 Naval Park Cove
Buffalo, NY 14202
GPS Coordinates (estimated) 42.878394, -78.880998 Map

Based on the Parks & Trails New York interactive map, the trail starts along Marine Dr. Some parking is available along Marine Dr.
Head northwest towards Erie St. on your bike. Then, make a right on Erie St and a left on Lakefront Blvd to remain on the Erie Canalway Trail. Alternatively you can start at Erie St. & Lakefront Blvd. Parking lots are convenient around the area.

Jennings Landing (In Corning City Preserve)
Along Maiden Ln.
1 Quay St
Albany, NY 12207
GPS Coordinates (estimated) 42.649998, -73.749547 Map

Based on the Parks & Trails New York interactive map, the trail ends along Maiden Ln. This is slightly west of Jennings Landing. The trail here is renamed the Mohawk-Hudson Hike Bike Trail. Parking lots are convenient around the area.

Need some help deciding what section of the trail to bike? It may be helpful to see what else is happening in various areas and plan for a weekend trip! The Parks & Trails New York website breaks up the trail into 4 segments: 1) Buffalo to Rochester 2) Rochester to Syracuse 3) Syracuse to Little Falls and 4) Little Falls to Albany. Each area brings a different experience to your bike ride. The best trails for dogs are usually ones for kids as well. The National Heritage Corridor gives some great tips what to do in each city and on kid friendly trails.


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Location: Buffalo | Albany | New York
Activities: Biking, Mountain Biking, Fat Tire Biking, Walking, Running, Snowshoeing, Cross-Country Skiing, Mushing

East Bay Bike Path, RI

The East Bay Bike Path is a 13.8 mile paved, relatively flat road that starts in Independence Park in Bristol, RI and India Point Park in Providence, RI. The views from the road are relaxing. The trail runs mostly along Providence River, with some also meandering through the city and residential neighborhoods.

Eat Bay Bike Path Quick Links
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Website: http://www.dot.ri.gov/community/bikeri/eastbay.php
Maps & Access: http://www.dot.ri.gov/documents/bikeri/maps/ebbp2018.pdf
Start: Bristol, RI 41.675242, -71.279070 Map
End: Providence, RI 41.818107, -71.390918 Map
Terrain: Paved
Elevation: Flat
Dog Policy: Dogs must be leashed. http://www.riparks.com/PDFFiles/Pet%20PDF.pdf

The Rhode Island Department of Transportion has a map of the trail (http://www.dot.ri.gov/documents/bikeri/maps/ebbp2018.pdf) as well as a list of places you can park your car (http://www.dot.ri.gov/community/bikeri/eastbay.php) along the trail.

They also provide a map of all bike paths (http://www.dot.ri.gov/documents/bikeri/RI_Statewide_Bicycle_System.pdf) in Rhode Island.

Dogs must be leashed along the trail. For more information refer to the Rhode Island pet policy (http://www.riparks.com/PDFFiles/Pet%20PDF.pdf).

It’s very easy to get off the trail and stop by for a bite to eat. If you have your dog, you can even spend some time playing along several parks along the trail. Snow is not removed during the winter. All types of bikes are allowed on this road.

The East Bay Bike Path start and end points are:

Independence Park
Thames St. & Oliver St.
419-459 Thames S
Bristol, RI 02809
GPS Coordinates 41.675242, -71.279070 Map

India Point Park
India St.
201 India St
Providence, RI 02903
GPS Coordinates 41.818107, -71.390918 Map


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Location: Bristol | Providence | Bristol County | Rhode Island
Activities: Walking, Biking, Running, Fat Tire Biking

American River Bike Trail, CA

The American River Bike Trail (Jediediah Smith Memorial Trail) is a paved 32 mile-long road running from Discovery Park (Jibboom St) in Old Sacramento to Folsom Lake at Beal’s Point. Much of the trail is shady with abundant trees and wildflowers. Horses (in some areas) and pedestrians share the road. Entrance fees apply depending on where you park. Dogs must be on leash.

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Website: http://www.regionalparks.saccounty.net/Parks/Pages/JedediahSmith.aspx
Maps & Access: Map
Start: Sacramento, CA 38.600979, -121.507664 Map
End: Granite Bay, CA 38.720797, -121.168461 Map
Terrain: Paved
Elevation: Going Eastbound – Starts Flat to Uphill starting midway until Granite Bay.
Dog Policy: Dogs must be leashed (6ft). http://arpf.org/pdf_files/ARPmap.pdf

Am interactive trail map is provided by the American River Parkway Foundation. There’s also a great printable map available as well of the area. (http://arpf.org/pdf_files/ARPmap.pdf)

The start and end points for the trail are:

American River Parkway Trailhead
Sacramento, CA
GPS Coordinates 38.600979, -121.507664 Map

Beal’s Point Recreation Area
Granite Bay, CA 95746
GPS Coordinates 38.720797, -121.168461 Map

There are plenty of other parks that you can go to for access to the trail: Discover Park, Howe Avenue River Access, Paradise Beach, Riverbend Park, Rossmoor Bar, Sacramento Bar, Sailor Bar, Sarah Court, Upper/Lower Sunrise River Access, Waterton Access, Watt Avenue Access, William B. Pond, and Beal’s Point Recreation Area.

Some dog owners reported that bikes go pretty fast on this route. Electric bikes are permitted on the road as well. If your dog needs frequent breaks or can’t run fast for a longer period of time, this may not be the best place for your dog.

 


 

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Location: Sacramento | Folsom | Sacramento County | California
Activities: Walking, Biking, Running

Acadia National Park – Dog Friendly Outdoor Adventure Guide

Acadia National Park (Bar Harbor, ME) has over 100 miles of hiking trails and 45 miles of roads. This park is consistently rated one of the top parks in the nation. And the majority of the park is dog friendly. There’s so much to do here year-round; hiking, camping, biking, sightseeing, fishing, winter sports, and more. 

The Island Explorer shuttle bus runs between Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. The shuttle is fare-free and dog friendly. Routes run from June through October. There’s a bicycle express that you can take, although they may not be able to take tandem bikes. Check the Island Explorer website for updated run dates, timetables, and more information.

Pets are not allowed in some areas of the park. They are also prohibited from entering bodies of water and must be kept on a 6 foot leash. Some trails and beaches (Sand Beach and Echo Lake) are off-limits to pets during peak season only. Click here for more information about bringing pets at Acadia National Park.

Maps for Acadia can be found on the National Park Service website. Need more maps of the area? Check out the maps offered by the Acadia Chamber.

Nearby towns of Bar Harbor and Southwest Harbor are extremely dog friendly if you want stop for dinner on your way home. Looking for a dog park? We hear there’s a place outside the park just south of Jordan Pond between Seal Harbor and Northeast Harbor past a stone and wood gate.

GPS Coordinates: 44.40897, -68.24727 (Visitor Center) Map


See our full list of Dog Friendly Outdoor Adventure Guides made just for dog owners. We give you everything you need to plan your next adventure outing with your dog right at your fingertips. We also pick the best dog friendly trails for you! These destination guides are invaluable one-stop source of information if you have a dog!


HIKING

 

Acadia National park has over 100 miles of hiking trails. There’s always a new place to explore.

Some of the most popular hikes include the 27 mile Park Loop Road or the Cadillac Summit Trail Loop (0.4mi). The park provides many maps that highlight each trail. Don’t leave the area without grabbing some food and an amazing popover at Jordan Pond House.

Day hiking with your dog is also available a ferry ride away on Isle au Haut (“High Island”) – go early as visitors are limited on the island. Hiking on the island is rough, but there are a lot of short loops.


CAMPING

 

Acadia National Park (Bar Harbor, ME) has 3 dog friendly campgrounds: Blackwoods, Seawall, and Schoodic Woods. Book early as spots fill up quickly.


BIKING

 

Biking is only permitted in certain areas of the park. Bikes are not allowed on hiking trails. Dogs must be on leash biking or hiking. Don’t have a bike? There are plenty of bike rental shops in Bar Harbor and Southwest Harbor to consider.

Some areas actually permit bikes and dogs, but we don’t recommend them for dogs due to safety. These areas include: Park Loop Trail, Cadillac Mountain, Penobscot Peninsula, and Summit Road.

Carriage Roads: This is really where you want to be biking with your dog in Acadia. The carriage roads are 45 miles of mostly gravel road and car-free, but also open to hikers and horses. You’ll likely pass by waterfalls and the most picturesque views around.The Jordan Pond House is a great place to hike and stop for a bite to eat on the lawn. Please watch signs as some carriage roads are closed to bikes. During winter, fat tire bikes are not allowed on the carriage roads as they have been groomed.

Southwest Harbor: Southwest Harbor is cut off from the Carriage Roads by Somes Sound, the only North American fjord created by a glacier. There are a lot of fishing and road biking here. Roads here are not as heavily populated. Still, you do share the road so make sure your dog is well trained and that you proceed with caution.

Schoodic Peninsula: Schoodic Peninsula is another biking destination. The main biking route from Winter Harbor is about 10 miles of gravel pathways. Plan to have a picnic at Grindstone Neck or Schoodic Point. Longer bike rides are available from Frazer Point. Some areas are challenging and steep. Roads in this area are one-way only. During winter, the path is open to everyone when ungroomed. https://www.nps.gov/acad/planyourvisit/schoodic.htm

 

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Related Pawtivities / Events: Hiking, CampingBiking, RunningAcadia National Park, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing

Location: Bar Harbor, ME | Frenchman Bay | Maine
Activities: Beach, Hiking, Camping, Walking, Biking, Sightseeing

Best Dog Beaches & Vacations Part 1

Best Dog Beaches & Vacations Part 1

Summer is almost here! We are on the hunt for the best dog friendly beaches and vacations. For the next 4 weeks, we will be giving you all the tips you need to take a great beach vacation with your dog.

Look out for our Best Dog Beaches & Vacation series. This is part 1 of 4. A summary of the beach or location is included below, but you’ll have to go to our specific pawtivity listing or destination guide for more information.

Here are some great dog-friendly beaches (Part 1 of 4):

1. Sanibel Island, FL
2. Block Island, RI
3. Fort De Soto Park & Dog Beach, FL
4. San Juan Islands, WA
5. Mission Bay Park / Fiesta Island, CA


 

1 Sanibel Island, FL

Sanibel Island is consistently rated as one of the best beach destinations in the United States. With it’s pristine white beaches and abundance of shells, it’s no wonder why so many people love the beaches here. To top it all off, Sanibel Island is dog friendly year-round. Save this destination on your pawtivity list (for members) to check off later!

2 Block Island, RI

Block Island is one of the most dog friendly towns offering 17 miles of dog friendly beaches. You’ll have to take a ferry to get there, but consider Block Island to be you and your dog’s own private paradise. There’s plenty of biking, hiking, and beaches.

3 Fort De Soto Park & Dog Beach, FL

Fort De Soto Park is a great place to take your dog over the weekend for a little camping, hiking, and off-leash fun. Dogs are only allowed off-leash wtihin the dog beach. Otherwise, they must be on leash.

Dog Beach

4 San Juan Island, WA

San Juan Island has great beaches, but they offer so much more. Beaches allow fire pits so it’s a great place to spend the day and night. San Juan Island is actually one of three islands in the area. All are great spots to go whale watching, kayaking, hiking, and biking. Feel like taking a break from the beach? Visit a lavendar farm or vineyard with your dog!

5 Mission Bay Park / Fiesta Island, CA

Mission Bay Park / Fiesta Island is probably one for local for San Diegans, but we do like the thought of having an off leash dog beach and on its own island. It’s doggy heaven to us. There’s 27 miles of shoreline to play in and plenty of water sports and rentals around.

Mission Bay Park - San Diego, CA

 

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Activities: Hiking, Walking, Sports-Water, Swimming, Beach, Great Outdoors, Outdoor Play, Sightseeing, Travel

Block Island, RI

Block Island is one of the most dog friendly towns offering 17 miles of beaches that are dog friendly all year round! Dogs must be on leash. There’s about 15 different beach areas to visit on the island.

The main tourism website has maps of the area for bike paths, walking trails, and beaches. If you want to go biking, consider going on the 7.5 mile loop to see the whole island.

For an awesome view, go to Mohegan Bluffs accessible via the Mohegan Trail located at 289-, 291 Spring St, New Shoreham, RI 02807 (GPS Coordinates 41.153137, -71.555193 Map). Some also go here to surf and swim.

Grace’s, Dorry’s and Cooneymus Coves offers one of the best places to watch the sunset. It’s also great if you want to go somewhere uncrowded and rather private. Vistiors come here to fish, but it’s not the best for swimming. Another great beach to fish is Charlestown Beach.

If you are looking for a swimming beach some beaches to consider include: 1) Baby Beach – great for kids, 2) Fred Bensen Town Beach – for all day beach lounging and swimming or 2) Ballard’s Beach if you want alcoholic drinks and food.

Other beaches may be more suitable for sightseeing, clamming, surfing, or snorkeling. For hiking trails, consider one of the options from Block Island Family Vacations. They have a great collection of maps and descriptions of each trail. If we were to pick the best for dogs, we would say to check out Elizabeth Dickens Trail for some hiking and beach walking, Nathan Mott Park & Turnip Farm to see some wildflowers, and Rodman’s Hollow for an easy trail that’s marked.

To get to Block Island, you’ll need to take a ferry. You can purchase tickets from The Block Ferry Island. Dogs are allowed on ferries but must be on leash and kept outside. Some hi-speed ferries may permit dogs in carriers only.

Looking for lodgings? Start here.

 


 

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Location: Block Island | Rhode Island
Activities: Hiking, Walking, Biking, Swimming, Beach

Best Dog Friendly Vacations for Spring & Early Summer

Best Dog Friendly Vacations

Find the best spring & early vacations for you and your dog – see lush waterfall landscapes, wildflowers, and beat the heat of the desert landscape!

1. Acadia National Park, Maine
2. Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio
3. Kootenai National Forest, Montana
4. San Juan Islands, Washington
5. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Nevada
6. Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah
7. Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah
8. Coyote Buttes / The Wave, Arizona
9. Paria Canyon & Buckskin Gulch, Arizona / Utah
10. White Sands National Monument, New Mexico
11. Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, Colorado
12. Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
13. Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona
14. John Muir Wilderness, California


1 Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park is consistently rated as one the nation’s best national parks, especially for hiking and camping. Terrain extends from the beach to the mountains so there’s a lot to do. The park is located in Bar Harbor, Maine. Acadia is one of the most picturesque parks – so you’ll surely enjoy some majestic views, green evergreen trees, beautiful ponds, and a stunning sunrise if you go early. Don’t miss Cadillac Mountain, Mount Desert Island, and Jordan Pond. The city of Bar Harbor is also dog friendly if you want to stay for a weekender. While the park is beautiful anytime of year, you can come across some rain and fog during spring months. Still worth it to get a glimpse of almost untouched, pure serene beauty. Read our listing for more information.

2 Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio

Cuyahoga Valley National Park is located in Peninsula, Ohio just outside Cleveland, Ohio. It’s an amazing park for those that live in the area simply because you can do so much there, including some wonderful dog friendly hiking trails. Other things you can do with your dog include camping, fishing, biking, running, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. The Cuyahoga River runs through the park which brings a lot of water features and waterfalls to explore. Read our destination guide for more information.

3 Kootenai National Forest, Montana

Kootenai National Forest is located in Montana and Idaho, and borders Canada. Sub-alpine scenic views will leave your breathless as you hike near cliffs, giant cedars, and large fields. There’s a lot to here from hiking, camping, biking, fishing, camping, and even morel mushroom picking. Winter adds in some snowshoeing or cross-country skiing fun. Read our listing for more information.

4 San Juan Islands, Washington

North of Seattle, Washington sits that San Juan Islands. Many come out for some whale watching, kayaking, hiking, and biking. It’s a great place to just go exploring, go on a romantic getaway, and see some different scenery than the typical lush forests and mountains of Washington. Love art? There’s a small community of artists here along with some fabulous food and fun. Read our listing for more information.

5 Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Nevada

Come out in the spring or early summer to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. You’ll see a whole new world in the Mojave Desert and avoid the hot tortuous heat of the summers . Enjoy breathtaking views of red and orange sandstone cliffs and wildflowers dotting the landscape. You may also come across some petroglyphs or an oasis in the middle of a the desert. Read our destination guide for more information.

6 Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah

Ever hike or drive on a salt flat? Come on out to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Tooele County, Utah and dazzle your senses. You’ll likely see nothing for miles, but will be mesmerized and enchanted all the same by start white beauty of the salt flats. Don’t forget your sunglasses!
It’s best to avoid the area during later summer as it gets very hot. One of the busiest times of the year is during Speed Week, when racers actually race on the flats. You’ll feel like you stepped back in time seeing all the classic hot rods that come out that week. Read our listing for more information.

7 Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah is one of the truly majestic areas that is dog friendly! It’s a great place to go backcountry camping and hiking. You’ll see so many sedimentary rock formations, arches, waterfalls, and mystical slot canyons. Avoid the summer heat by going in the spring or summer. It’s just too hot for the dogs. The best times to go are early spring and fall. Read our listing for more information.

8 Coyote Buttes / The Wave, Utah

Coyote Buttes / The Wave is located in Utah (Kanab, UT). This is one the greatest adventures for you and your dog. Get out an see colorful, swirling sandstone rock formations. Don’t forget to take some memorable photos too in one of the most photographed landmarks in the United States. You’ll need advanced planning as entry to the area is by lottery only. Read our destination guide for more information.

9 Paria Canyon & Buckskin Gulch, Arizona / Utah

Want to see some amazing slot canyons? Visit Paria Canyon & Buckskin Gulch located in Arizona and Utah. The area is best known for it’s colorful and twisted sandstone landscapes, slot canyons, tall cliffs, carved formations, and ancient petroglyphs on deep canyon walls. Each time you go, you may get a different adventure altogether. Be prepared to help you dog up canyon walls or wade through some muddy water. Dogs will need their own permit. Read our destination guide for more information.

10 White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

Go hiking, backcountry hiking or even sledding on the white sand dunes in New Mexico’s White Sands National Monument. It is recommended to stick with marked trails, but this is one adventure you surely don’t want to miss especially if you drive through New Mexico on a road trip! Get out on an early summer road trip with your dog before temperatures really go up! Read our listing for more information.

11 Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, Colorado

Another sand dune you can’t miss out on is the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in Colorado. Pay attention to signs as dogs are allowed in certain areas on leash. And don’t forget to sign up for some sandboarding and sand sledding! You will need specific boards out on the dunes. Read our listing for more information.

12 Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Here’s a unique adventure for you and your dog that’s one of a kind. Go to the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona to see trees older than 218 million years. Trees feature colorful bands. The area is worth exploring. You can also see some petroglyphs or visit an ancient Publoan village. Read our listing for more information.

13 Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona

The Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is for the most adventurous hikers that want a breathtaking view of the desert. Or, opt for the scenic drive that goes around the park. You’ll see rock pinnacles all around you. Respect area rules and regulations, especially if you are inside the Indian reservation. Camping options are available. Read our listing for more information.

14 John Muir Wilderness, California

Want to see some spring flowers and the best of the Sierra Nevada. Head out on a hiking and camping trip to John Muir Wilderness in California. A great beginner trail to see flowers is the Little Lakes Trail. Head on out late spring to early summer if you are going at higher elevations. Read our destination guide for more information.

 

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Activities: Hiking, Walking, Camping, Backpacking, Great Outdoors, Outdoor Play, Biking, Running, Sightseeing, Sports – Water, Travel

San Juan Islands, WA

San Juan Islands is one of the islands in the San Juan County. The others are Orcas and Lopez Islands. These islands are known for whale watching, kayaking, hiking,and biking. There’s a local artist community and several lodging options suitable for families or a romantic getaway.

A great way to start your trip and see the whole San Juan County area is to go on the San Juan Islands Scenic Byway. Check out the map for a great overview of the area and suggested tourist destinations (with or without your dog).

Places to Take Your Dog:
Roche Harbor / San Juan Sculpture Park: There’s a lot of hiking and walking options in this historic resort area. San Juan Sculpture Park is a 20-acre park with 125 unique sculptures and several trail where you can take a nice stroll with your dog.

Port of Friday Harbor / Jackson Beach / Dog Fountain: Go shopping and around town here. Or, go to Jackson Beach. Stop by the dog fountain where you can press a button to see water filled in a bowl exactly to your dog’s height! Definitely worth checking out.
South Beach / Cattle Point: Go to South Beach, the longest beach on San Juan. Dogs must be leashed. There’s a pebble beach and fire pits in the area. Or, head to the the southern point to see Cattle Point.

Biking: There are several options for road biking on the island. Want to see the whole island? Consider biking the 35 mile scenic loop around the island from Friday Harbor on Roche Harbor Road.

Pelindaba Lavendar Farm: Stop by for some lavendar dog biscuits. Pets are allowed on leash outside.

Eddie & Friends Dog Park: 2 acre dog park separated for small and large dogs.

San Juan Vineyards: Go wine tasting! Dogs are allowed on the grounds.

– Kayaking / Whale Watching: Some outfitters allow dogs. Call in advance. Two to consider are San Juan Outfitters and Western Prince.

– There are so many more places and dog friendly restaurants in the area.

San Juan’s Visitor Bureau doesn’t have a physical office. You may contact them at info@visitsanjuans.com or (888) 468-3701 x1. You can also stop by the Chamber of Commerce for information, but call in advance before you go at (360) 378-5240.

Check out the San Juan website for a list of dog friendly accomodations. Ferry rides are dog friendly.


 

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Location: Friday Harbor, WA | San Juan County | Washington
GPS Coordinates:48.534279, -123.015728 Map
Activities: Hiking, Walking, Biking, Whale Watching