A little over half an hour south of Salt Lake City, historic Lehi, Utah sits on the northern shore of Utah Lake in Utah County. Originally settled in 1850 as Dry Creek, it is one of the oldest towns in the state and therefore harbors a great deal of local history. It also has a lot of dog lovers, city parks and nature trails all over town. Today, the growing town of Lehi is a software-friendly town, and has hosted the headquarters for Ancestry.com since 2016. For pups, Lehi serves all their medical needs with the Lehi Animal Hospital, and offers five more veterinarians in nearby towns.
Many restaurants with a wide variety of menus that allow dogs at their outdoor tables in Lehi, though you will need to leave your dog outside to go in and order. You can find Great Harvest Bread, Kneaders Bakery and Cafe, and Culver's on the south side of town. For other options, check out Tenney's Pizza off Highway 85.
Lehi offers several pet-friendly places you can stay at with your pup. Motel 6 accepts multiple dogs of all sizes for no extra fee in their rooms. Best Western Timpanogos Inn, Hyatt Place Salt Lake City Lehi, Super High Lehi, and Days Inn Lehi all welcome dogs for an extra pet fee.
Lehi is a happening pup town with lots of trails to sniff and stroll!
Thanksgiving Point houses Ashton Gardens, which welcomes dogs as long as they are on a leash. It consists of 55 picturesque acres and 15 themed gardens, with numerous paths for a great and refreshing walk to entertain your dog and your dog's best human friends. You may need to bring your own food, water and doggy bags, as concession stands are rather scarce. Ashton Gardens is closed in the winter and on major holidays, but it reopens at the end of March. For dog-friendly accomodations, the Home2Home Suites by Hilton/Thanskgiving Point accepts dogs of all sizes, with no fee or limit. The neighborhood also has a concentration of dog-friendly restaurants nearby along Highway 15, including Cafe Zupas, JCW's Restaurant, Slab Pizza, Mo' Bettah Hawaiian Style, Firehouse Subs, and Cubby's Chicago Beef. Dogs are allowed at the outdoor tables.
The Traverse Mountain Summit Trail is on pup-lovin' Traverse Mountain, which is both within the city limits and a part of Corner Canyon Regional Park. It runs for 3.8 miles, with an elevation of 232 feet from the bottom. The view from the top is great and you can access other trails in the park. Dogs are welcome as long as they stay on-leash. Though open year-round, the trail is most accessible between April and October, as the area gets a lot of snow in the winter. There's a lot of bike traffic on the trail system, so it's best used early in the morning or in the evening. Watch out for rattlers.
The East Traverse Mountain neighborhood is home to many dog-friendly parks, such as Eagle Summit Park, Harvest Park and Canyon Hills Park. It also features the Historic Utah Southern Rail Trail along its southern border. This paved, mixed-used trail allows dogs as long as they are on a leash, and runs south 3.5 miles through Lehi. Pick up the trail at Chapel Hill Rd. (where you'll find parking) and walk to Timpanogos Highway (State Route 92). You can also access and leave the trail at various points, depending how far you want to walk. The trail follows the history of the local railroad, and hooks up with the much-longer Murdock Canal Trail, which continues to Provo. The trail has numerous views of the countryside, as well as shaded benches for you and your dog to stop for some water or a rest. It is rated an easy walk, with an elevation of 180 feet, and has handicap access.
In the center of the Railroad Street neighborhood is the pawrific Dry Creek Park, which provides access to the Dry Creek Trail, and features bathroom facilities. The park also has a disc golf course and pavilions for picnicking, though you should bring your own food and water. Dogs are welcome on-leash, but you will need to bring your own doggie bags, since the trail is mainly for hikers and mountain bikers. The 6.3-mile nature trail provides some seclusion from the rest of the city and is good for birding. It is listed as "moderate" in difficulty and has a nice view at the top. Parking is available on the east end of the Jewish Community Center.
The Jordan River winds through this Lehi neighborhood, and running alongside it is the Jordan River Parkway Trail. This asphalt trail, which meanders for 43 miles through the county, has two trailheads in this neighorhood. It's 1.9 miles from the trailhead in Wildlife Park south to the trailhead in Willow Park, where you will find bathrooms and water fountains. The trail also boasts picnic areas and handicap access. The trail welcomes dogs on-leash, but know you'll be sharing the route with everyone from bikers to inline skaters to horseback riders. Make sure you bring a doggie bag to clean up any waste, and water for your thirsty pup!