Activities For Dogs In Grand Canyon National Park

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Introduction

When you talk about some of the most amazing attractions in the United States, the Grand Canyon National Park is surely among the top ones that come to mind. Located in the state of Arizona, the main feature of the national park is the Grand Canyon, a gorge of the Colorado River, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and also considered as one of the Wonders of the World. Over the years, the Grand Canyon National Park has worked to make the site more accessible and friendly towards visitors and their four-legged friends. Now, more than ever, the park has been more welcoming of canines and have various facilities that cater to them. 

Explore the South Rim

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8 hrs
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Food
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Collapsible bowl
Activity description

The major public areas of the Grand Canyon National Park are the North and South Rims as well as all the adjacent areas of the Grand Canyon itself. The remaining areas of the park are rugged and remote, which is why there’s little to no activity. Out of the two main rims, the South is more accessible than the North, which is also why most park visitors enter through the South Rim. As a general rule, dogs are only allowed in paved trail. Fortunately, the South Rim is not only dog-friendly, it also boasts some of the most impressive paved trails in the entire country.  

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Pay the fees
Admission fees for entrance to the Grand Canyon National Park last for 7 days. For those entering with private vehicles, the rate is $30 while those entering on foot, bicycle, shuttle bus or any other means will pay $15. On some days, particularly on holidays, the park waives the entrance fees.
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Choose which spots to check out
In the South Rim area, there are plenty of dog-friendly trails. However, keep in mind that these areas require your dog to be on a leash that is not longer than 16 feet. Depending on what you want to see, your dog’s fitness level and other factors, you may want to look into these various spots and see which one meets your needs.
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Start exploring
Once you have chosen which trail/s or areas to check out, you can start exploring. Make sure to keep your dog leashed at all times and to have enough food and water, as some hikes can be exhausting and may lead to dehydration. You can also inquire at the visitor center about anything that you might want to know.
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Trail of Time Tour

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1 hr
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The main purpose of those visiting the Grand Canyon, aside from seeing the canyon itself, is to hike and explore. For patrons with dogs, however, the activities that they can participate in are limited. If you want to do something with your pooch while you are at the park, you can join the Trail of Time tour. This hour-long tour, guided by a park ranger, involves a laidback stroll along a ¾ mile-long paved trail. In this tour, your guide shares a variety of historical information about the national park, including how the Grand Canyon came to be. This tour is not only educational; it is also a fun activity that you can share with your pooch. 

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Arrive at the starting point
The starting point of the Trail of Time tour is the Yavapai Geology Museum. Since dogs are not allowed on the shuttle buses, you will have to find your own way to these starting points. This is about a 30-minute walk from the Canyon View Visitor Center and Mather Point.
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Learn about the Grand Canyon
Once you and your pooch are all set to go, experience the geological walk of time between the Museum and Grand Canyon Village, which will take roughly 2.1 kilometers. This fully-accessible walking trip allows the participants to learn and absorb the geologic aspects of the park while enjoying some of the most picturesque and breathtaking views and sceneries.
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Camping

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24 - 48 hrs
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While pet-friendly accommodations can be found in the Grand Canyon National Park area, they are quite limited and can get fully booked way ahead of time, especially during the peak season. This is why a lot of the park visitors, especially those coming from other cities or states, choose to set up camp within the park instead. This is a cheaper alternative to getting a hotel room. Additionally, it makes things easier for you since you no longer have to leave the vicinity of the park. But, the best part about camping in the Grand Canyon National Park is that there are plenty of dog-friendly campgrounds to choose from so you won’t have to leave your pooch behind. 

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Make reservations
In Grand Canyon National Park, there are three main campgrounds where you can bring your dog: first (and most popular) is the Mather Campground, located just within the Grand Canyon Village; the Desert View Campground, which is located 26 miles east of the Village; and the Trailer Village, also within the Village but only open to those with RVs. Choose one that meets your needs and make the necessary reservations.
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Set up camp
Once you have made the reservations and paid all the fees, you may head to the grounds to set up your campsite. Prepare the tent, sleeping bags and all the supplies you have. Also, all the campgrounds require dogs to be leashed so make sure that your pooch is kept on a leash at all times, even when you sleep.
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Grab Some Grub

In line with the commitment to make Grand Canyon National Park a dog-friendly site, a number of restaurants in the area have opened their doors to owners and their pets. Some of the popular choices include the Big E Steakhouse and Saloon, We Cook Pizza and Pasta and RP’s Stage Shop.

Pet-friendly Hotel

As far as pet-friendly accommodations go, there are only a few that are within the immediate vicinity of the Grand Canyon, including the Yavapai Lodge and the Red Feather Inn. If you want to stay in these places, make sure to book ahead of time. There are also a number of pet-friendly hotels in the Grand Canyon Village if you do not mind making the drive. 

Conclusion

The Grand Canyon National Park is one of the most amazing attractions that you can visit in the country, not just for locals but for tourists as well. A trip to this park can be made even more special and memorable if you decide to bring your furry friend with you.