Our visit to the dog-friendly Grand Canyon | thepupdiary.com

13 Aug

While touring the wild west this summer we had to see the Grand Canyon National Park. At one mile deep, 18 miles wide, and 277 river miles long, it is one beautiful natural wonder of the world! Leashed dogs are welcome on South Rim trails above the rim and at certain campgrounds. It is important to read the “pet” section of the national park website before you go so you are aware of the rules and restrictions.

Grand Canyon National Park South Rim

Grand Canyon National Park South Rim

Touring the Grand Canyon
We arrived later in the day to try to avoid the traffic. Mom had heard stories about big traffic problems and we were pleasantly surprised to find very little traffic and easy and ample parking near the visitor center. There are several miles of paved and unpaved rim trails where leashed dogs are welcome and views are spectacular! We saw several dogs along our walk. We even saw a doggy stroller! Maps are clearly marked with trail distances and services. We visited on an overcast and rainy day . . . so we will need to go back when it is sunny!

Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

Getting there
We rented a car and drove the 4.5 hours from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon. Along the way we stopped at the Hoover Dam (dogs are only allowed in limited areas; they are not allowed on dam bridges, walls, or tours) and Historic Route 66.

Where we stayed
We stayed in Sedona, Arizona which is 2 hours south of the Grand Canyon. The Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona was very dog friendly. We were welcomed with a list of dog-friendly outdoor dining options in the area. We also received a cute doggy gift and treats. Dogs are also welcome on their outdoor patio overlooking the beautiful Sedona mountains. We give this hotel a big paws up!

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