Top Five Tips for Dog-Friendly West Coast Exploration
Denali’s First Trip to the Ocean in Oregon
Parker Seeing the Grand Canyon for the First Time
1. National Parks & Monuments have dog-friendly components
The Grand Canyon South Rim Trail is a 13 mile trail walk along the canyon with amazing views. In Yosemite National Park, you can walk around the Village or Glacier Point which one of us did with Denali while the other hiked. In Saguaro NP, there’s a half mile dirt road off the scenic Cactus Forest Loop Drive where you can walk your dog. Glacier NP allows dogs in Apgar Village and we read there’s a 2.5 mile dog-friendly hike between West Glacier and Apgar Village.
On the other hand, Joshua Tree NP with all its jumping cholla cacti is pretty limited in dog-friendly exploration areas.Kings Canyon NP is also very limited in stuff you can do on foot with your pup but that wasn’t as important to us since we all did the awesome 50 mile Kings Canyon Scenic Byway drive. (Because of the fires in the area, we didn’t really get to explore Crater Lake NP , but we know dogs aren’t allowed on major trails around the lake although there are several other trails and places that are dog-friendly.)
National Monuments usually have even more you can do with your pup. Denali hiked the Paulina Creek Falls trail with us in the Newberry National Volcanic Monument in Bend, Oregon. The Casa Grande Ruins National Monument in Casa Grande, AZ allows dogs to tour the ruins with you.
We always look at the park’s website before we visit or clarify with the park rangers. We’ve always found them to be super friendly and many have dog treats!
Hiking at Usery Mountain Regional Park, AZ with Parker
2. Oregon and Arizona are terrific dog-friendly exploration states
There are also very dog-friendly towns like Bend and Hood River, Oregon and Flagstaff, Arizona. In addition to eating on the patio with your pup, there are water dishes on the street corners, and you can take your pup with you inside the stores. (When in doubt, we just ask someone in the store.)
Denali Enjoying Plum Hill’s Tasting Room
3. Some Breweries & Wineries welcome dogs in the tasting rooms
Similarly, some wineries are VERY dog-friendly and not only welcome dogs in the tasting room but cater to them. Plum Hill Vineyards in Gaston, Oregon has a wonderful “Yappy Hour” for you and your pup. Girardet Wine Cellar and Delfino Vineyards & Winery in Roseburg, Oregon went out of their way to make Denali feel like a special guest. These wineries also had some of our favorite red wines of the trip so far!
Exploring Portland’s Rose Garden with Denali
4. There are some surprisingly dog-friendly attractions
5. Petco, PetSmart, Home Depot and Camping World provide great retail therapy outlets
As we travel beyond the West Coast, we’re looking for more unexpected places for dog-friendly exploration and will add them to our journey map. We’ d love to hear about your experiences too! What have you learned about exploring with your pup?