Yellowstone National Park is a United States national park that stretches out in the states of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. Established in March 1, 1872, the park owns the distinction of being the first ever national park not just in the country but also in the world (though this is still not entirely proven). Aside from its rich history, Yellowstone National Park is also extremely popular due to its geothermal features, variety of ecosystems and the stunning landscapes that it offers. These are just some of the reasons why Yellowstone attracts visitors from all over the globe. For those traveling with pets, however, there are some restrictions and rules that should be followed before hitting the road to the park. Below are some of the dog-friendly activities that you can enjoy with your pooch when visiting Yellowstone National Park.
Yellowstone National Park has a thriving ecosystem, some of which are full of risky geological features and wildlife that roams freely. This is one of the primary reasons why Yellowstone, and most of the other national parks in the country, have strict limitations when it comes to visitors bringing their pets. Fortunately, they take into account that some patrons would not like to leave their furbabies behind. Even though there are restrictions, dog owners can still roam around the park by driving a car. Dogs are allowed in the car and in developed areas and parking lots, which still give you plenty of opportunity to see what the park has to offer.
Once you have seen all that you can see in your drive through the park, it does not necessarily mean that the fun and adventure has to stop. The Yellowstone National Park has lots of beautiful spots surrounding it that are just waiting to be discovered. One of these places is Paradise Valley, just to the town of Livingston. This river valley, which is bordered by the Gallatin Range (west) and Absaroka Range (east), used to be the original entry point of Yellowstone National Park. Paradise Valley boasts a stunning mountain range, lovely pastures that seem to stretch endlessly and a river that flows over lovely rocks.
While the Yellowstone National Park may be the main highlight of your trip, you should not leave without trying to see as much as you can during your visit. Even the towns near the park have a certain charm that is worth checking out. Gardiner and Jardine are two towns close to the national park that you will not regret visiting. These places are small and unassuming with a lovely vibe. Just a couple of miles away is the city of Bozeman, which is the exact opposite of the other towns. Here, you will find lots of stuff to do and several vendors and booths. By visiting, you get to experience what each place has to offer before concluding your trip.
Although dogs are not allowed in the majority of trails and boardwalks within the Yellowstone National Park, visitors will be pleased to know that they are permitted in the campgrounds. Take advantage of this by setting up camp during your visit. You can either bring an RV and park it in the campground or set up your tent.
For visitors whose dogs are housebroken and are used to indoor living, a better lodging option would be to book a cabin. These cabins can accommodate up to two pets per room. They do, however, charge a cleaning fee (per location) worth $25 in case you decide to have your dog stay with you.
The Yellowstone National Park remains to be one of the United States’ top national parks because of the amazing sights and healthy ecosystem that it offers. While it may have certain restrictions when it comes to dogs, there are still plenty of activities for you and your pooch to enjoy when visiting the area.