Thousands of visitors flock to national parks all around the United States in order to hike with family and friend. While it might seem like taking a hike through nature wouldn’t come with a list of rules, you’d be mistaken to think that. A lot of national parks don’t allow pets or restrict where they’re allowed to go. There are some exceptions, and here are some pet friendly parks that you can enjoy with the entire family, fur and all.
Acadia National Park
This gorgeous park features 100 miles of hiking paths and 45 miles of stone carriage roads, all allowing pets. The areas near lakes, natural water sources, and rung and ladder trails don’t allow visitors to bring pets, but that’s for everyone’s safety. You can take your fur baby through he historic roadways by Jordan Pond House or Champlain Mountain.
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
One of the best places to visit with your furry friends is the Great Sand Dunes in Colorado since the park allows dogs to both hike to the tallest dune on the first ridge of the park and then also swim in the Medano Creek. They’re also allowed in many of the picnic and campgrounds areas, as well as several mountain trails.
Yosemite National Park
This famous California national park has the Yosemite Valley multi-use path, which is family friendly for the whole family, pets included. This circles some of the most visited areas and landmarks including Yosemite Falls, El Capitan, the Half Dome, and the Merced River.
Grand Canyon National Park
If you’re planning a visit to the most famous national park in Arizona, then you can feel free to bring your pup. While dogs aren’t allowed in the red depths of the Grand Canyon, they are allowed on all of the trails that circle around the South Rim. The park also has a boarding kennel and dogs are also allowed in most of the campgrounds.
White Sands National Park
The White Sands National Park in New Mexico allows dogs all around the gypsum sand dunes both on and off trails. You can view a stunning sunset with your pup along the Organ Mountains. Best of all, dogs are allowed in the backcountry campsites.