Activities For Dogs In Sequoia National Park

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Introduction

Located near California's sprawling Sierra Nevada mountain range, the Sequoia National Park is a massive woodland preserve. Established on September 25th, 1890 the park gets its name from the gargantuan Sequoia trees that populate its landscape. Pet parents are allowed to bring their pets to the park with them, though dogs are only allowed to set foot in certain areas of the park - the campgrounds, picnic areas, and nearby forest lands that surround the park being the most pet-friendly areas in and around the Sequoia National Park. Should you bring your dog along with you, you'll have to keep your pet leashed at all times.

Camping with Giants

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
24 - 72 hrs
Items needed
Tent and Bedding
Food and Water
Map/GPS
First Aid kit
Leash
Waste Bags
Activity description
There are a number of campgrounds that you and your dog will have access to - some operate on a first come, first serve basis while others can only be accessed by those who have made reservations beforehand. These camping areas will provide you with a storage locker to place your food as well as enough space to bring an RV or Trailer that's no longer than 22 feet. You'll want to save up about $150 dollars at the least to get everything you and your pet will need for this trip. You can also visit during any time of the year that suits you as the campgrounds are open year-round.
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Reconnaissance
Before you and your dog set up camp in a particular area, it's important to conduct a bit of reconnaissance in order to check for any potential hazards; are there any animal nests in the area? What about allergy-triggering plants? How far away are you and your dog from the food storage locker? Scout out the area and try to find the best place to camp - don't just set up camp in the first clearing you find, as tempting as it may be.
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Safety rules
Camping with your dog is pretty straightforward but there are a few things to keep in mind. Safety is paramount so you will want to keep your pup with you at all times. Watch them near the fire if you make one, and at night, have them securely inside the tent with you for sleeping. Bring along a comfy blanket for them to settle down on.
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Inside the Inyo National Forest

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Any Day
Moderate
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2 - 6 hrs
Items needed
Backpack
First Aid Kit
food and Water
waste bags
Hands Free Leash
Pepper Spray
Activity description
The Inyo National Forrest is another sprawling woodland area that's of a similar ilk as the Sequoia National Forest. There are a number of differences between the Inyo National Forest and the Sequoia National Park - one of the chief differences being that the Inyo National Forrest permits pet parents to bring their dogs along with them through all areas of the park. There are a few rules set in place that the United States Department of Agriculture asks visitors to follow in order to ensure that they and their dogs have a fun and safe trip, but these rules are much less strict than those established at the Sequoia National Park. The activities you plan on engaging in with your pet will determine your exact budget for this trip, but save up about $200 to be safe. The Inyo National Forest is open all throughout the year as well, so you can visit any time.
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What you can expect
The Inyo National Forrest has all sorts of breathtaking geographical features including the likes of waterfalls, lakes, ponds, and mountains. You and your dog don't have to try and traverse all of these different things in one go (it would probably be best to dedicate a specific day to mountain hiking and then another to canoeing, etc.) if anything, we just wanted to illustrate the wealth of activities the Inyo National Forest has to offer.
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Be on your guard
As beautiful as the Inyo National Forrest is, there are a number of hazards that you'll need to keep your eye out for in order to keep yourself and your pet safe. Bears inhabit certain parts of the Forrest, though these areas are further away from the sections that visitors are allowed to traverse. While you and your dog are unlikely to encounter any bears while you visit the forest, know to use your pepper spray for added security.
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Plan a Picnic

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Sunny Day
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Easy
45 - 60 min
Items needed
Picnic Basket
Food, Snacks, and Treats
Water
Waste Bags
Leash
Blanket
Activity description
Dogs are allowed to accompany their human companions in any of the Sequoia National Park's picnic areas. A number of these picnic areas are located close to some of the park's oldest and largest trees, so you and your dog will be able to get in touch with a bit of California's history while you're out picnicking.  Most picnic supplies can be purchased for next to nothing, so you and your dog can get by with just a $50 or $60 budget when you head out to buy supplies. Try to go out for a picnic during a sunny day, where rain or snow won't be able to get in the way of the fun.
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Canine catering
If you've managed to train your dog well enough, you can ask them to carry some of your picnic supplies along in order to help lighten your load. You can do this by encouraging your dog to pick up your basket by its handle and to follow you as you search for a place to set up. You will want to make sure none of your items are loose if you do ask your pet to carry your basket - try using ziploc bags or tupperware containers.
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Clean up for the environment
While there aren't really any predatory animals that live next to the picnic area, you should still do your best to clean up after yourself and your pet to benefit the environment as best as you can. The biggest thing that humans leave behind which hurts ecosystems is plastic, so if you've brought any plastic items or containers along please do your best to keep track of them and take them with you to be properly disposed of later on.
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More Fun Ideas...

Rock Collecting

The Sequoia National Park has a diverse array of rocks and mineral clusters that you and your dog may be able to get your hands and paws on if the two of you are willing to search long and hard enough for them. The nearby National Forests also have a number of unique collectibles minerals and rocks that you and your pet can find.

Bird Watching

There are a number of thrushes and warblers that have made a home for themselves in the Sequoia National Park and the woodland areas that surround it. Consider bringing some binoculars and folding chairs along so you can kick back and watch some of the area's native avians take flight with your dog by your side.

Conclusion

While dogs aren't allowed to experience everything the Sequoia National Park has to offer, there are still a lot of benefits in bringing your pet to the area. If your dog is an outdoorsy sort, the both of you will still be able to play a lot of outdoor games in the park's camping and picnicking areas. Your pet will also benefit from the change of scenery and can become a more well rounded and traveled pet after completing enough trips with you to the park. Lastly, the park will allow you and your pet to get fairly close to various types of flora and fauna that you otherwise wouldn't encounter on a normal day.