Activities For Dogs In Grand Teton National Park

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Introduction

If you are in search of the most striking landscapes in the world, the Grand Teton National Park may be where you find it. With breathtaking mountains behind flat plains, you are going to be amazed by what this park has to offer. One of the best parts is that you can bring your dog along with you! Try one of these great activities to do with your dog while visiting Grand Teton National Park.

Boat Ride

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Collar
Fresh Water
Boat
Activity description
If you are thinking of viewing the Grand Teton National Park via the water, this is the perfect activity to do with your dog. However, you must follow the park rules and regulations which state that dogs are not allowed on all of the lakes inside the park. The exception to the rule is Jackson Lake where dogs can ride on boats anytime. So, you now have your lake picked for you and what a great one it is! You are going to love the scenery and the views as you ride around with your dog on a nice sunny day.
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Rent a boat
You can rent a boat to ride around Jackson Lake right from the Signal Mountain Lodge inside Grand Teton National Park (just remember dogs can't go in the lodge so your pup will have to wait for you in the car!). Boats are rented by the hour or for a full daily rate. Choose between the cheapest option, a canoe, to the priciest (but biggest), deck cruiser.
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Tour
Ride around the lake, seeing the Grand Teton National Park from a whole new vantage point. The tall mountains make for an unbelievable backdrop to your lake ride. There are many islands and inlets that you can weave in and out of as well. As you cruise about, make sure your dog is comfortable and safely staying inside the boat.
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Fishing
While out on the water with your dog, you may want to drop your anchor and try to catch a few fish. Trout are abundant in Jackson Lake as well as salmon and pike. You can get more information about fishing at the Craig Thomas Discovery & Vistor Center. Fishing is a great way to kick back with your dog and just relax out on the open water, taking in all the national park has to offer.
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River Road Walk

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Sunny Day
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4 hrs
Items needed
Fresh Water
Leash
Collar
Activity description
As with most national parks, dogs are not allowed on the designated walking trails, however, they are allowed on main roadways both paved and unpaved. One of the best places to walk your dog in Grand Teton National Park is on River Road. This eleven mile road is incredibly scenic and is easily accessible as well. While you can walk the entire path from one end to the other, you can also park at one side and just walk until you feel like turning around. You may see other dogs, horses or bikes on this popular trail as well! Go when the sun is shining and pay the small park entrance fee.
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Snake River
River Road follows a portion of Snake River which flows into Jackson Lake. The river is home to all kinds of fish so as you walk River Road with your dog, take a look in the water and see if you spot any! The water is likely cool and refreshing so feel free to dip your feet in on the warmer months. Your dog may also enjoy splashing a little as well but keep them on the leash to abide by park rules!
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Car, horses, bikes
As with most trails where dogs are allowed to walk in Grand Teton National Park, River Road is a main park road so you will need to be cautious when walking. Cars do frequent the road so stay close to the edge. Horses are also allowed on this road. Keep your pup close if you see some horses coming, to maintain respect for all animals in the park! Bikes may also come zooming along. All in all, be alert while on River Road!
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Mutt Mitts
Grand Teton is equipped with numerous "Mutt Mitt" stations which are essentially places where you can get fancy poop bags to pick up your dog waste. However, River Road does not have any Mutt Mitt stations along the way so you will need to bring your own bags to properly dispose of any puppy poop. Keep the park clean and do your part to pick up after your pet!
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Sleepover

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Any Day
Moderate
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24 hrs
Items needed
Dog Collar
Dog Food
Dog Blankets/Dog Bed
Activity description
When you are visiting the Grand Teton National Park, you are going to find that there is so much for you and your dog to do and see that one day will not be enough. However, camping in the park may not be your favorite option. If you would rather stay inside, with some modern comforts (like a nice bed!), you can rest assured that there are plenty of places to stay with your dog. Since you will be sleeping inside, this activity is perfect for any time of year, no matter what the weather. You can also pick a place to fit your budget - there are plenty of choices!
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Style
Pick the style of lodging that you want. Would you prefer a cozy cabin like the Colter Bay Cabins located right outside the park? Or a fancier hotel like the Homewood Suites that has a few more luxuries you and your dog may want? Pick your lodging to fit your budget and your lifestyle.
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Home sweet home
Once you arrive, you want to make the place cozy and comfortable for your dog so they feel at ease. Place your dog's blanket or dog bed down right away and toss your pup a few of their favorite treats as they sniff around. Bring your dog for a walk around the area outside as well to get them very familiar with where they are.
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Rest
After a long day in the Grand Teton National Park, you are going to want to rest and so is your dog. Make sure your dog is nice and cozy in their new, exciting sleeping place. Have some fresh water nearby their bed in case they get thirsty. Once your dog is set, you can hit the hay as well - you likely have another long day of exploring ahead of you the following day!
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Photo Shoot

Take a drive on the 42 mile Scenic Loop Drive with your dog by your side. There are plenty of photo-worthy places you can stop and snap a few pics along the way - put your dog front and center in every shot!

Camping

While dogs are not allowed in the back-country campgrounds, they are allowed in the main camping areas. Make a reservation and pack your tent to spend a night under the stars with your dog.

Conclusion

Grand Teton National Park is one of the most dog friendly national parks out there so you should definitely take advantage of this and bring your pup on a trip with you. From boat rides to epic walks, camping under the stars to cozy nights in a mountain cabin, you and your dog could spend many, many nights and days in the park so plan accordingly! Time to start getting everything in order for your trip to Grand Teton National Park!