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Exploring White Sands National Park with your Dog

White Sands National Park is one of the newest parks to be designated as an official U.S. national park. It was only in 2019 that this national monument was upgraded to National Park status. And of the 5 most recent additions to the list of U.S. National Parks, this one is my favorite. Protecting 275 […]

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The United State’s Newest Dog-Friendly National Park: New River Gorge

New River Gorge is the most recent park to be elevated to National Park status, receiving this designation in December of 2020. The focus of this new national park is the New River, a rugged, whitewater river that flows northward through deep canyons. The New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. And […]

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A Dog’s Guide to Great Smoky Mountains National Park

With over 12 million visitors in 2020, Great Smoky Mountains is the United State’s most visited National Park. And it’s pretty easy to see why. With no entrance fee and thousands of acres of Appalachian Mountain vistas and trails, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is beautiful and easy to access. The 522,427 acres of Great […]

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Dog-Friendly Guide to Mammoth Cave National Park

Established as a national park in 1941, Mammoth Cave National Park protects the longest known cave system in the world. With 412 miles of cave passages, explorers are still discovering new passages in Mammoth Cave. Unfortunately, your dog will need to stay above ground during their visit to this fascinating national park located in Kentucky. […]

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Dog-Friendly Fun at Gateway Arch National Park

At only 91 acres, Gateway Arch National Park is the smallest area of land to have received the designation of a national park. The park is comprised of the 62 acres formerly known as the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (which is where the Arch is located), plus another almost 30 acres of land that encompass […]

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A Dog-Friendly Guide to Voyageurs National Park

Like most national parks, Voyageurs National Park can’t really be classified as dog-friendly. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth a visit with your pup. Arriving by car, there is plenty to keep you busy for an afternoon. And if you have a boat, you can plan an overnight adventure with your dog. About Voyageurs […]

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How to Still Enjoy National Parks when Traveling with a Dog

It has happened to most U.S. families with a dog at some point. You are on a road-trip and want to stop at a national park. You quickly review the pet regulations at the park you want to visit and find that your dog is not allowed on most trails and can’t be left unattended. […]

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The 6 Most Dog-Friendly U.S. National Parks West of the Mississippi River

The United States has some amazing national parks. From the geysers of Yellowstone to the waterfalls of Yosemite to the red cliff walls of the Grand Canyon, these national parks protect some of the most amazing natural places that our country has to offer. For some road-trippers, it comes as a surprise that most of […]

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Indiana Dunes National Park: Dog-Friendly Beaches and Trails on the Southern Shores of Lake Michigan

Looking for dog-friendly sand dunes on the shores of Lake Michigan? look no further than the United States newest national park: Indiana Dunes. Indiana Dunes gained national park status on February 15th, 2019, becoming the 61st United States national park. Not the most remote national park, Indiana Dunes (previously a national lakeshore) is located just […]

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Shenandoah National Park: Dog-Friendly Appalachian Mountain Trails

Shenandoah National Park is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains (part of the Appalachian Mountains) in the state of Virginia. The park is long and narrow, built for motorists to enjoy the 105-mile skyline drive that traverses the park from north to south. With over 75 scenic overlooks, there is plenty for you and your […]