Evanston is located in Uinta County, and was originally settled during the construction of the First Transcontinental Railroad. With the Bear River running through town, and the Uinta Mountains a short drive away, Evanston is in no shortage of outdoor activities for four legged residents, and visiting pups too! This dog friendly community also has two veterinary clinics that help keep the local canines healthy and happy.
Evanston has a few pawsome walks just waiting for you and your pooch. For a nice two mile stroll, start at Bear River Ponds. Head east and follow the trail all the way to the end of the Bear River State Park. If your pup needs a tad more mileage, begin your walk at the start of Bear River Drive and head 2.3 miles east to Bear River State Park.
When visiting the area with a large breed, make a reservation at Days Inn, Comfort Inn, Best Western Dunmar Inn, or Knights Inn. For an additional fee, dogs of all sizes are welcome at these furrific places. Quality Inn and Super 8 rent rooms to pups on the smaller side. Take comfort in knowing that no matter what size of pooch you have, Evanston has a place for you to drift off to dreamland.
Looking for a great place to walk your pup? Clip on her leash and head over to Hamblin Park. It’s easy to see why this is the town’s most pup-ular park. With amenities like horseshoe pits, sport courts, a playground, and a disc golf course, this park is absolutely puptasitc! Let your pooch sniff around the wide open stretches of lawn. If she needs more room to stretch her legs, cross the street to the Bear River Trailhead. From here you can access the Bear River Greenway trail system. The trailhead also has picnic facilities, a boat launch on Bear River, and a river overlook.
The lucky dogs of Evanston have the Bear River State Park right in their own backyard. This park spans over 300 acres and showcases the natural beauty of the Bear River. Pack up your pooch and head over to discover the three miles of trails that weave throughout the property. Loops of various lengths lead you near open meadows and riverfront scenery. Take some time to sit on the banks of the river and just enjoy being outside with your dog. Since the park is also home to herds of bison and elk, be sure to always keep your pal on leash.
West Evanston is home to a couple pawsome parks, so leash up your pup and head out for an afternoon of park hopping. Anderson Park is on the smaller side, but it has some open grassy areas. Take a couple laps around the park’s perimeter to get your dog’s legs warmed up. Centennial Valley Park is on the north end of town. With more open space and paved walkways, your pup can continue his workout. Finish your excursion at Overthrust Meadows. Your four legged friend will love romping around the massive field. By the time you head home, he’ll be all tuckered out.
If you have an adventure seeking pooch, head down to Christmas Meadows. Located in the stunning Uinta Range, this area is about 45 minutes south in the remote mountains of Utah across the border. Once you have a campsite, take your pup for a hike. Amethyst Lake is about 12 miles round trip and offers breathtaking views of a blue alpine lake. Trails to Kermush Lake and Ostler Lake are also over 10 miles. If you don’t make it all the way, you can still get your fill of the beautiful scenery. Dogs can be off leash in this area. Since it is bear country, be sure to keep an eye on your pup.
Next time your furry BFF needs some fresh air and sunshine, clip on her leash and visit the Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail. This 28 mile trail starts in Coalville, a 40 minute drive southwest of Evanston. What was once a railroad line is now a puptastic trail that features gorgeous scenery. Your pal can get her heartrate pumping as she trots along the trail. Head north to the nearby Echo Reservoir, or follow the trail south toward Park City. Watch for wildlife along the way. This area is home to moose, fox, deer, and even bald eagles.