With stunning red rock scenery and endless outdoor recreation, Moab is truly an adventure seekers paradise. Since this town is home to the famed Arches National Park, it attracts thousands of tourists each year. Fur-tunately, Moab also has some cool canine activities. In addition, there are two pawsome veterinary clinics that keep the local pups fit and ready for action.
There is no shortage of pet friendly hotels in Moab. La Quinta Inn and theMoab Rustic Inn won’t charge you an additional pet fee during your stay. Both of these places also welcome larger breeds. If you are traveling with a petit pooch, book a room at Motel 6. There is no pet fee, but four legged guests must be under 50 pounds. For something more personal and remote, check out the dozens of dog friendly private home and cabin rentals available.
Although dogs are not allowed in the three city parks, they are always welcome to use the city trails and parkways. Mill Creek Parkway is a great place to walk your pooch. This two mile trail runs along Mill Creek and is mostly shaded. Warm up on this trail before heading out to experience the natural wonders of Moab.
If your dog is bursting with energy, take a trip to the Moab Bark Park. Located right in the heart of town, this one acre park is the perfect setting for some off leash play. Your furry BFF can dart and dash around without the confines of a lead. She’ll also get to meet new four legged friends. Small dogs have their own area to romp around and drinking water is available in both sections of the park. Since it can get pretty hot in Moab, be sure your pooch takes enough water breaks. Trees provide some much needed shade. The ground is all dirt, so expect your buddy to get a bit dusty.
Grandstaff Canyon is one of the most pup-ular trails in the area, and for good reason. This stunning trail heads up a small canyon. Your pooch will absolutely love hiking between the towering red sandstone cliffs, and treading on soft sand and through groves of willow and cottonwood trees. The four mile trail ends at the Morning Glory Natural Bridge, a spectacular rock arch spanning 243 feet. Beware of the poison ivy that grows along the trail, and bring plenty of water for you and your four legged hiking buddy. Keep your eyes open for tiny lizards that scamper across the rocks.
When in Moab, don’t miss out on Corona Arch. Since dogs are not allowed in Arches National Park, this is a great dog friendly hike that provides a chance to get up close and personal with one of the area’s natural rock arches. Parts of the trail are on gritty sandstone, and you’ll have to climb a short ladder at one point (your dog can go up the rocks on the side). While your pup’s paws can handle this no problem, make sure you have on study shoes. The hike is three miles round trip. Like any hiking in Moab, this trail is best done in spring, fall, or winter, as the summers are just too doggone hot!
Sand Flats Recreation Area is one of the area’s biggest draws for outdoor enthusiasts. This spot has hiking, mountain biking, off road jeeping, and camping. Leash up your pup and explore the gorgeous red rock terrain. The Pinyon Trail Interpretive Hiking Loop is an easy one mile trail. Pick up a brochure at the trailhead and learn all about the desert ecology and local habitats. For some pupperific views of the area, take the Juniper Trail to the top of a mesa. It’s only two miles long and is a loop trail. For something a bit longer, follow the four mile Porcupine Rim to Castle Valley Overlook Trail. You’ll be rewarded with even more stunning views.
Pack some water, snacks, and a leash, and head over to Hidden Valley Trail for some pawsome hiking with your pup. The first part of the trail is steep and a bit rocky, but once you make it past that section, you’ll be in the serene Hidden Valley, a wide valley surrounded by sandstone cliffs. The soft sandy floor has a mixture of juniper trees and native grasses. You and your pooch will feel totally disconnected from the world as you follow the trail through the valley. A side trail takes you to a petroglyph panel where you can dmire the ancient stone art before making your way back down the trail.