Just 30 miles south of Salt Lake City, Highland is home to about 16,000 residents. Although the city is just nine square miles, it has a growing population and about six vet clinics within five miles of town. Despite the fact that the city is expanding, most of the nearby dog-friendly activities are nestled in neighboring communities.
In the nearby town of Sandy, you can find two popular dog parks. Just 16 miles north of Highland is the Dimple Dell Nature Park. This natural ravine welcomes leashed pups who love to walk, as there are countless trails that run through the ravine. Pup parents just need to provide drinking water and doggy bags. Three miles down the road from Dimple Dell is Sandy Dog Park. This fenced-in, one-acre park is complete with trails, plenty of shade, and lots of places to sit. There is access to water during the summer months, but the pipes are turned off in winter to withstand the cold.
While you’re in Sandy, stop by one of several dog-friendly restaurants. Visit Zao Asian Cafe, which serves tacos, soups, and salads with an Asian twist. You and your pup are welcome at one of their six outdoor tables. To enjoy a sweet treat from the comfort of your car, check out Sonic Drive-In or Starbucks!
The Provo River Parkway in northeast Orem is one of the 1,600 rail-trails maintained by the nonprofit Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. It’s an organization that converts old railroad tracks into walking trails across the nation. What you need to know is that it makes the perfect place to stroll with your pup by your side. The 15.2-mile long trail will allow you and your furry loved one to share some quality time, checking out the spectacular views. The trail is asphalt, so you might also see bikers, inline skaters, people fishing, and horseback riders. It is also wheelchair accessible. You can find bathrooms, benches and water in parks along the way.
Alpine Animal Hospital is one of the only pet hospitals around this region. They offer a range from services, from emergency, medical, surgical, preventative and more. So whether your beloved pooch needs emergency surgery, teeth cleaned, or spayed, the professionals at Alpine can help. They feature up-to-date facilities so they can provide the fastest and most efficient treatment. And they pride themselves on maintaining relationships with their customers and other community members. Their website is concise and informative, preparing you for what to expect on your first visit. They are open Monday through Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. and are closed on Saturday and Sunday.
Take your pup on an adventure to Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. The spectacular place spans from northern and north-central Utah to southwestern Wyoming. Explore several different trails, the campgrounds and the picnic areas. Dogs must always be on a leash except on some odd-numbered days only. They are permitted off-leash in Mill Creek Canyon. Do not allow your dog to swim in the designated areas. The park, one of the most popular in the entire National Forest System, features a plethora of other human activities, including biking, fishing, snowboarding, skiing, camping and swimming. The park is open sunup to sunset.
Dayland Dog Park will have your hound howling. It’s Draper’s only off-leash park, but it’s enough. Whether your pup likes to run free or splash around in water, the park has something to offer. The secure fenced-in areas allow you to relax knowing your pooch is safe to roam around without getting out. There’s also a small man-made waterway that runs through the park for your furry loved one to enjoy. Grassy hills are there for your dog to explore. And there are separate areas for small dogs and larger ones. And it’s just a short drive to Sonic-Drive In for a cold, sweet treat! The park is open daily 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.