Orofino, Idaho is a town in the central-western part of Idaho, lying within the Nez Perce Indian Reservation. Of historical significance is the fact that Lewis and Clark embarked on a journey from Orofino after building canoes for their voyage in 1805. Happy to welcome human and pup-tastic visitors alike, today's Orofino offers lots of adventure for all. While here, there are two veterinarians standing by to keep your pup in tip-top health.
Within the town lies City Park, which is full of open space to wander, playgrounds for the kiddies, and is a great place to BBQ some burgers for you and your pup to enjoy. There are also numerous trails in the town for great hikes. Try the Canyon Creek Trail for a short 1 ¼ mile walk, the Eureka Loop with three scenic miles of fun, or hike the Big Eddy Trail for a whopping 10-mile journey. If you and Fido like to backpack for longer distances, jump on the Nez Perce National Historic Trail which runs through Orofino and covers a total of 1,170-miles! All are dog-friendly.
Orofino is a pawtastic place to visit for a day or a vacation adventure!
West of Orofino, in the Waha neighborhood of the town of Lewiston, you and your puptastic friend will enjoy visiting the Hells Gate State Park. There are hiking adventures galore across its 960 acres with trails for every skill level. If you want a more relaxed day, take your fishing pole and enjoy the expansive waterways throughout. There are also places to take you pup for a swim. If you want a longer stay, dog-friendly camping facilities are plentiful with restrooms, showers and water. Packing a picnic lunch is best for this rural outing!
The City Center neighborhood of Lewiston lies west of Orofino and is where you will find off-leash fun for Fido. Head to Penny’s Memorial Dog Park in Clearwater Park where there is plenty of open, spacious grassy areas for Fifi to romp and play with her newfound friends! The park is fenced, with separate sections for large and small dogs, and has a water and clean up station on site. Afterwards, grab a bite to eat at Main Street Grill’s outdoor pup-friendly dining on historic Main Street, or Seasons Specialty Dining for bites and burgers at their six dog-friendly tables.
Wilderness reigns supreme in the town of Grangeville, south of Orofino. Home to the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, there is a vast number of excursions you and your fur-ever friend can embark upon. This forest covers some amazing 4-million acres of beautiful land. You can fish along the Salmon River, or hike hundreds of trails within dense forests or through open land. There are places to go white-water rafting, or sit and relax to just enjoy nature at its finest. This is definitely a location to pack in lots of food and water for your day with your pawtastic friend.
Ahsahka is a small town which lies northwest of Orofino. The Dworshak State Park is located here, and is a puptastic place to take your fur-ever friend. Whether you are looking for a few hours or a few days adventure within these 850 acres, you will find miles of trails to hike, lots of swimming spots for you and your pup to cool off in, and the fishing is superb. If that is not enough, mountain biking is popular, as well as more relaxed activities such as playing horseshoes, volleyball or participating in archery. Restrooms are provided on site.
The Tammany Creek Road neighborhood in the town of Lewiston, southwest of Orofino, is the perfect location to enjoy the outdoors with your fur-ever friend. Head to Ruth Rowell Modie Wildlife Park which is full of outdoor educational information along its extensive hiking trail system. Or why not try Modie Park Conservancy if you are looking for more adventure? There are wetlands to view the area’s wildlife, a butterfly garden, and many courtyards with benches throughout the park. Be sure to take a walk on their nature trails with your leashed pup, and check out their fitness stations along the way!