The city of Clayton lies in the center of Idaho, along the Salmon River. Clayton is a small, rural town east of the Salmon-Challis National Forest and therefore, is surrounded by beautiful scenery. This town is welcoming to the visitors here to take in the wonder of nature. Dog-friendly throughout, the Evans Veterinary Clinic, in the nearby town of Challis, is waiting to take care of any health care needs your pup might have.
Although there are no parks in Clayton, the nearby town of Challis offers outdoor adventures to people and pups at the Land of Yankee Fork State Park. This park covers a whopping 521 acres of fun for you and your fur-ever friend. There are numerous trails throughout that stretch for miles and interconnect with each other. Covering spectacular landscapes, through open fields and forests, these trails are off-leash pup friendly. They are also suitable for ATV’s or mountain biking. If you want to do an overnighter with your pawtastic friend, there are both primitive camping and developed sites just waiting for you. There are no restrooms or water at the trailhead, so plan accordingly.
Pack up your pup and head to Clayton for spectacular adventures together.
The city of Challis is just a short 24-mile drive north of Clayton, and is the place to take your pup on a hiking extravaganza! Jump on the Challis Community Trails to spend some quality time with Fido. This network system of trails is a mix of paved, gravel and dirt paths of varying terrain that meander through Challis and into the public lands. Along the more populated areas of the trails, it is best to keep your fur-iendly friend on leash. However, as you reach the more rural, less-traveled areas, you are welcome to let your pup roam off-leash.
Visit the town of Bayhorse, north of Clayton 16 miles. This is a unique place to take your pup on a scenic, walking adventure. Bayhorse is a ghost town, now listed on the National Historic Register. You can roam throughout this lost city with pup by your side and imagine what it was like when gold and silver was found in the area. Lots of old buildings still exist today and stand among fields where you can take pup roaming. There are no restrooms or water available, as Bayhorse has been left untouched for visitors to enjoy. Don’t forget your camera.
Northeast of Clayton, just 41-miles, is the town of Ellis. This small town lies in the middle of the Bureau of Land Management forested area. A great place to take your fur-ever friend to enjoy nature and the great outdoors. There is a day use area where people come to picnic with their pups or roam along the shores of the Salmon River. Don’t forget your rod and reel to do some fishing here. Lots of trees for shade and plenty of open space or trails to wander. It is perfect for an overnight campout at the dog-friendly campground on-site.
Head to Atkinson Park, in the city of Ketchum, 94 miles south of Clayton, to spend some pawtastic time with your pup. Hop on the walking and bike paths here which run throughout Ketchum. There are multipurpose fields, picnic areas with shady pavilions, and benches throughout the park to enjoy the various art pieces installed on the grounds. Grab a bite to eat with your pup at the snack bar or bring some burgers to flip on the BBQ grills provided. Or try the Lucy Loken Park which is a small park featuring art, benches, and open landscaped areas to relax.
For the hiking enthusiast, there is no better place than the Wood River Trail, in the town of Sun Valley, 94 miles south of Clayton. This large network trail connects multiple towns to Sun Valley and is very welcoming to pups. You can walk, bike or run for 20 miles, past scenic areas and river frontage. This is an old Union Pacific Railroad line that was converted to a rail trail which offers informational signs beside the trail. There are restrooms scattered near the trails in various locations. Be sure to keep Fido on leash and pack plenty of water.