It’s that time of year to hit the road, grab the camper, and explore nature’s playground with your furry friend. Camping is a wonderful way to get outdoors, exercise, and bond with your pet this summer. Check out our top five pet-friendly national park camping spots and discover new destinations for your pets in national parks.
Pets in national parks: camping with your four-legged friend
Yosemite National Park: California
According to www.nps.gov, pets are allowed to explore on fully paved roads, sidewalks, and bicycle paths. Pets can vacay in all campgrounds except walk-in and group campgrounds. Keep your pet on a leash for the safety of all guests, pets, and wilderness. Fully-vaccinated dogs may vacay at Yosemite Dog Kennel in Yosemite Valley.
Acadia National Park: Maine
Acadia National Park has a whole section devoted to pets on their website! This park features over 100 miles of trails for you and your pet! Additionally, the featured pet campgrounds which pets can vacay are Blackwoods, Seawall, and Schoodic Woods. During your stay, your dog can become an official Bark Ranger.
Shenandoah National Park: Virginia
Explore endless possibilities in Shenandoah. Your pup can adventure through green valleys and trek to mountain peaks. Pets can walk on many trails as well as campgrounds and have additional pet-friendly lodging.
Olympic National Park: Washington
Olympic National Park is nestled in the OlympicPeninsula of Washington. The backdrop of this dramatic Pacific Northwest beauty provides a lush environment to explore with your pet. There are several trails that are accessible to you and your pet as well as the beaches. Another additional option to consider for your pet is an adventure in the Olympic National Forest.
Grand Canyon National Park: Arizona
According to www.history.com, The Grand Canyon was recognized as a national monument on January 11, 1908, by President Roosevelt. Even more popular, 110 years later, people still flock to this canyon to bask in its glory and often consider it a staple in family vacations. The Grand Canyon has several areas accessible to pets which include leashed pets on several trails about the rim, a couple of campgrounds, a lodge with pet-friendly rooms, and an animal kennel.
Pets in national parks: a fun-filled adventure for the entire family
While exploring these nature preserves, make sure to adhere to all park rules and regulations, and keep pets on a leash. The NPS website alerts closed campsites, roads, and restricted areas.
After planning your itinerary take into consideration your pet’s age, breed, gender, and exercise regime and provide ample water and rest. If any concerns or medical conditions arise, please seek medical care immediately and always consult with your veterinarian in regards to treatment.
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