Tucked away in Idaho's largest pinyon pine forest, perched on the east slope of 7,560-foot Smoky Mountain, Castle Rocks State Park is a spectacular and memorable place to visit. It's popular with rock climbers, nature lovers, hikers, and outdoor enthusiasts, but the best thing about this park is that you can take your dog along with you for your stay.
Pets are welcome in Castle Rocks State Park, but your pooch will need to be confined or on a leash. Your pet will obviously need to be a well-behaved park guest, and it's your responsibility to clean up after your canine companion whenever required.
If you can manage to stick to these simple rules, you'll be free to explore the best recreational activities this part of the world has to offer. For many visitors, the biggest drawcard of Castle Rocks State Park is its rock climbing, which draws climbers from all over the world.
If climbing isn't your cup of tea, there's a whole lot more to see and do throughout this 1,692-acre park. You can tackle one of many superb and challenging hiking and mountain bike trails, or experience some fresh mountain air while on horseback. During the winter months, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and ice climbing are all popular.
Wildlife watchers can enjoy the chance to spot everything from mountain lions and moose to sage grouse and Virginia warblers. And with the park set against such a dramatic backdrop of rugged beauty, you'll find yourself reaching for the camera again and again.
Camping at Castle Rocks State Park includes everything from serviced campsites to equestrian sites and even yurts. Flushing toilets and showers are welcome creature comforts, and wi-fi is even available at Smoky Mountain Campground.
The park is open all year long, so why not check it out with your four-legged outdoor adventurer?