The Providence Mountain State Recreation Area is only open on weekends but it is full of things to do, including camping, cave tours, hiking, wildlife viewing, and plenty of history. While you and your friends can reserve a trip into the caves, go for a hike on one of the many trails, enjoy an outdoor picnic, or visit an interpretative exhibit, your pooch cannot.
The pet policy of Providence Mountain State Recreation Area is that pets are not allowed on the trails or in the caves. Your furry friend is allowed in the visitor center and parking lot area, but your dog must be on a leash no longer than six feet the whole time he is in the Providence Mountain State Recreation Area.
You cannot leave your pup in the car or unattended in your car or in the parking lot. When you are looking around the visitor center, be sure to clean up after your dog with plastic poop bags you brought from home. When you visit this park, you can be sure you'll see cacti and desert plants, and it is at an elevation of 4,300 feet.
With such a change in elevation, temperatures vary, so be sure to dress appropriately. The Providence Mountain State Recreation Area does offer campgrounds, but there are only six sites that are on a first come first serve basis. Each site includes a fire ring and a picnic table as well as a view of the Mojave Desert. There is access to flushing toilets, but no showers.
While the park has many beautiful scenes to take in, caves to explore, and interpretative tours, it might be a good idea to keep your four-legged friend home for this trip. You'd have to designate a designated doggie watcher while the rest of your party explores the park. If you do decide to go, you should choose your designated doggie watcher ahead of time, and be ready to pay the $10 per car fee or $5 for senior citizens.