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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.