Dog friendly trips are trips that dogs are allowed on, and generally may be fun for fido. Wonder Dog Lucy Lou has
accompanied me on more desert trips that most any partner, and can out climb, scramble, and find a way better than
more than a few of my human partners. That being said, be very careful when bringing a dog along on trips. A few
guidelines I think are worth mentioning:
For desert adventures, bring plenty of water, and don't hike in the heat. Lucy comes along on fall, winter,
or spring trips, but never when temps are going to be above about 80. It is just to hot. When she does come along,
I generally bring 3 quarts of water for her, an additional 1-2 for me for a day hike.
Keep your dog under control. There are becoming more and more restrictions on dogs in the outdoors, mostly as a
results of out of control dogs chasing wildlife, stealing other peoples food, and leaving feces where they shouldn't.
Be a respectful pet owner and keep your dog under control or on a leash.
Be mindful of your dogs feet. Particularly in the desert, a dogs pads can blister and split in a short amount of time.
Even when living in Hanksville, Lucy and I would typically hike for a few days, then take a couple of days off
so her feet could heal and recover.
Keep dogs off ruins. Cedar Mesa is becoming more and more restricted with where dogs are allowed. When they are
allowed, be sure to keep your dog out of ruins to avoid damaging ruins and help keep access for dogs in the future.
Escalante area is likely best known for its stunning backpacking opportunities. There are also plenty of hiking and canyoneering adventures. This makes a great spring and fall destination and would take a lifetime to fully explore.
Canyoneering is king in North Wash, and likely the reason most visit. North Wash canyons tend to be short, narrow, and physical. This is the place to bring long sleeves and long pants. With easy access, next to the highway, this makes a good choice for groups.
Northern Nevada is the quintessential American West. Wild, open spaces that are sparsely populated with towns and ranches few and far between. This is the country where the cows, antelope, and deer far outnumber the human population.
The Roost is a very remote area of south eastern Utah. Canyoneering adventures in Robbers Roost tend to be fairly dry, and have long exits. The area was used in the late 1800's and early 1900's by outlaws, hence the name.
Nevada is a bit of a paradox. Home of the infamous Las Vegas, most of the states population resides in the Las Vegas or Reno areas. The rest of the state is very wild and rural. In fact, 67% of the land in the state is managed by the BLM.
The Wasatch Front offers excellent hiking, climbing, mountain biking, and skiing all within a short drive of Utah's major population centers. There are many peaks to hike, climbs to climb, and routes to ski.
Utah's West Desert is a barren place, far more populated by wild horses and coyotes than people. Hiking and exploring the west desert is a solitary activity, but there is a stark beauty in the area, and many interesting things to see and do.
Quite possibly the canyoneering capital in the US, Zion offers canyoneering, climbing, and hiking among towering sandstone walls. The park itself is a destination, but within a short distance of the park are many additional wonders to be visited.