For a pawmazing outdoor experience with your furry BFF in south-central Utah, make your way to Capitol Reef National Park! Nestled in the heart of red rock country, this gem draws countless visitors with its muttnificent canyons, cliffs, domes, and bridges in the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic wrinkle spanning nearly 100 miles. Not all parts of the park welcome four-legged travelers, but not to worry, as there are still plenty of things to see and do with Fido!
Stretch your legs and enjoy the scenery with your pup on the Fremont River Trail. This moderate, 1-mile path meanders along the river before taking on a steep ascent. Note that canine hikers are only allowed from the campground to the south end of Hattie's Field, however. On your way back, you and Fido can check out any unfenced or unlocked orchard and sample ripe fruit. You may also pick fruit from orchards that are posted as open for picking!
Experience the natural wonders of the Waterpocket Fold by going on the Scenic Drive. Starting at the visitor center, this 8-mile paved road will take you and your pooch through the park while offering puptacular views of the canyons and rock formations. If you decide to hop out of the car, keep in mind that Fido must stay within 50 feet of the road centerline. For an extended adventure, make yourselves at home in the Fruita Campground, the park's only developed campground. Situated near the Fremont River and orchards, it contains 71 RV and tent sites, as well as restrooms with running water and flush toilets.
Whether you spend a day or a weekend in Capitol Reef, always keep your furry pal on a 6-foot leash and clean up after them. Doggos are also permitted in parking areas and the Chestnut and Doc. Inglesbe picnic areas, but must steer clear of hiking trails, public buildings, and the backcountry.
A pawsome time awaits you and your pupper at Capitol Reef National Park!