(Your dog is going to love this blog post!)
If we could read any dog’s mind, we’d know that some fresh air is always a good idea to them. You can whisper the phrase want to go outside and a dog will leap out of bed, ready for action!
Try it and then take them to one of these five national parks that are open this summer.
Then...keep reading! Below these five, we have some tips for hiking with your pups, precautions to consider, and some resources to help make your next adventure together an amazing one.
With over 100 miles of walking trails, the adventures are endless in Arcadia. Just don’t forget to bring a map!
Check here for more information and current updates on trail openings and closings: Acadia - National Park Service
Located in south-central Utah in the heart of red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park is a hidden treasure filled with cliffs, canyons, domes, and bridges in the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic monocline (a wrinkle on the earth) extending almost 100 miles.
Check here for more information and current updates on trail openings and closings: Capitol Reef - National Park Service
Location: New Mexico
Explore the remains of Indian pueblos! With incredible structures still standing in the desert, this National park is full of culture and exploration. Wildlife can be dangerous here, so don’t forget to be on the lookout for rattlesnakes.
Check here for more information and current updates on trail openings and closings: Pecos - National Park Service
Please note: This beautiful park currently requires a reservation before entering.
Check here for more information and current updates on trail openings and closings: Rocky Mountain - National Park Service
Location: North Caroline & Tennessee
Gatlinburg Trail is one of two trails open to pets in the Great Smoky Mountain region. Enjoy scenery for 1.9 miles (one-way) as you travel from the Sugarlands Visitor Center to the outskirts of the city of Gatlinburg, TN.
Check here for more information and current updates on trail openings and closings: Great Smoky Mountains - National Park Service
Know your park. It’s always smart to double check parking, pet policies and any trail closures. That way, you’re never caught off-guard!
This year, so many things have changed. The most important thing to make sure you follow is social distancing, which is likely easier to do in a national park when compared to your local grocery store—thankfully. Additionally, it’s smart to keep your mask close, too. That way you can put it on if the trail becomes busier.
Leashes make it possible for dogs to continue to be allowed at National Parks for three important reasons.The first is that your dog is protected from potentially harmful wildlife, anything from porcupines to mountain lions. You don’t always know what is out there, and it’s more likely they are to be left alone when they are by your side.
Secondly, a leash also protects other people (and pups) from your dog. This one may sound a bit unnecessary because a lot of us don’t want to believe our dog could hurt another person or dog. However, you just never know and it’s nice and respectful to keep your dog on a leash for others.
Lastly, the reason your dog should stay on a leash is to protect the wildlife of the park. Dog’s don’t read the signs to stay on trails, so they don’t know they’re being inconsiderate of the wildlife that each park protects.
Remember the rules of a good B.A.R.K. Ranger. (source: NPS.com)
B = Bag Your Poop
A = Always Wear A Leash
R = Respect Wildlife
K = Know Where To Go
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