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Salmon is located in Lemhi County, nestled in a remote valley, and surrounded by the Bitterroot, Sawtooth, and Lemhi Mountain ranges. Not only is it beautiful, this laid back community has a rich history. The Lewis and Clark Expedition once crossed through the town, and Sacajawea was born nearby. The lucky dogs that live in Salmon get to take advantage of the mountains, rivers, and streams. They also have two veterinary clinics right in town.
Treat your furry BFF to a walk in one of Salmon’s parks. Kid’s Creek Park has some fields for walking, barbeques for grilling, and a pond for fishing. Be sure to also check out Salmon City Park. With sport courts, a playground, and a ball fields, this park is fun for the whole family.
If you are just passing through, make a reservation at one of the dog friendly hotels. For a nominal fee, four legged guests are welcome to bunk at The Stagecoach Inn. This hotel is right on the Salmon River, and has a pawsome outdoor area to walk your pup. The Sacajawea Inn is another place that allows furry guests. After a long day of hiking, your pal can drift off to dreamland in one of their cozy rooms.
Stunning scenery, dog friendly outdoor recreation, and impressive history- this town has it all!
Does your pup love sleeping under the stars? Then plan a weekend trip to Bear Valley Upper Campground in the Salmon-Challis National Forest. This rugged campground is about an hour south of Salmon. Enjoy the tranquility of the mountains as you spend some quality time with your four legged friend. The campsite sits next to the Bear Valley Creek so you’ll get to listen to the peaceful sound of water as you hang out in camp. Get to know the area by following the North Fork Elk Creek Trailhead. This trail accesses Corduroy Meadows and Bernard Lake, so your pooch will have plenty to discover.
Land of the Yankee Fork State Park is just over an hour south of Salmon in the small town of Challis. Not only does this massive park have hiking, it also has unique historical sites. Check out Custer and Bonanza, two ghost towns that once thrived during the mining boom days. Now, all that’s left are some rustic buildings and an old cemetery. Leashed dogs are welcome to explore the area with you. After your day in the park, grab a bite to eat at Tea Cup Café and Bakery. Get your food to go, or hang out with your pup at one of the patio tables.
Head north of Salmon for about 25 minutes and you’ll come to the small mountain community of North Fork. It sits right on the banks of the Salmon River and serves as a great base camp while exploring the area. The Village at North Fork has everything you need. If you are traveling in an RV, spend a night or two at the pet friendly RV Park. If a comfy bed is more your style, reserve one of the dog friendly rooms. There is also a café on site. Order a hamburger or chicken strips and dine at one of the outdoor tables with your furry friend.
Looking for a pawsome weekend getaway spot? Pack a tent, a couple sleeping bags, and some marshmallows, and head over to Wallace Lake Campground. Just the drive from Salmon to the campground itself will be a treat. Venture deep into the thick pines of the Salmon-Challis National Forest and forget about the cares of everyday life. Hike around the crystal clear lake so your pooch can explore the area. If you’re feeling lucky, cast a line into the lake and see if you can catch something. After a day of outdoor fun, your dog will appreciate the chance to chillax by the campfire.
If your pooch is a history buff, don’t miss out on the Sacajawea Interpretive, Cultural, and Educational Center. This 71 acre park provides education about the great heroine, as well as beautiful grounds for exploring. Your pooch will love trotting along the nature trails and checking out the sites. As its name suggests, Island Park sits on an island in the middle of the Salmon River. A trail system wanders throughout the park and gives you up close views of the waterfront. The best part is, during the day, dogs can run around sans leash. Your dog will go absolutely mutts over this park!
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