Imperial sits in Northern Jefferson County on the interstate, which makes it easy to get to all the amenities of St. Louis County and still live in the country. A few housing developments give Imperial the look of suburbia without high taxes or many regulations. There is one veterinarian in town, but dozens more within a twenty-mile radius.
People with dogs will have plenty of places to explore outdoors in and around Imperial. Missouri State Parks has a policy of welcoming dogs as long as they remain on no less than a ten-foot lead. Mastodon State Park is an interesting state park that was also an excavation site for some fossils! Dogs are not permitted in the museum part of the park, which displays the amazing Mastodon fossils. There are no excavations currently on-site, but the pits and photos of previous digs make this State Park a unique place to check out!
There are also three trails for a person and a leashed dog to explore here. Limestone Hill Trail is a two-mile-long trail that is designated a "rugged" trail, as it has some steep inclines and goes through some heavily forested terrain. Spring Branch Trail is an "easy" trail that is .8 miles long. This trail is graveled so it is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. The Wildflower Trail is .4 miles long and is a "moderately" difficult trail. The Wildflower Trail takes a hiker to the bone bed where the original finds were made! Picnic tables are scattered throughout the park for a quick outdoor snack or lunch with a furry hiking buddy.