6 Incredible Dog-Friendly Hikes in Utah’s Capitol Reef Country

One of the main things that the great state of Utah is known for is its incredible access to the great outdoors.  And if there is one thing dogs are known for, it’s that they LOVE playing outside! Utah is a fantastic place to explore with man’s best friend. Capitol Reef Country in particular has so much outdoor fun to offer you and your canine. From high-mountain trails to lush green meadows, here 6 of the best dog-friendly hikes in Utah’s Capitol Reef Country. 

1. Angel Point Trail

If you’re looking for some of the best views available in the area, Angel Point truly delivers. The Henry Mountains loom impressively in the distance, and you can see into many different valleys and canyons along the way. The trail is 4 miles one way with maintained roads of red dirt and sand, and it’s accessible at any time of the year. It’s easy hiking for both you and your dog.

2. Curtis Bench

This unique trail features a variety of desert vegetation and both red and white sandstone. It’s a short hike of about 2.1 miles, and its park-maintained surface makes it easy and fun for all ages and 4-legged species! This hiking trail provides a close look at the geological formations that make Goblin Valley so unique and intriguing. You also get a great view of the Henry Mountains along the way.

3. Fremont River Trail

This trail follows the north side of the Fremont River just below the Beas Lewis Flat, which allows for some stunning views of the river valley. Because of the water, there are many different types of vegetation and wildlife that you won’t see on other trails. Keep this in mind if your dog is a chaser, and please try not to disturb any animals you see. At 2.5 miles, this trail is fairly easy as long as you stay on the path. If you’re one who likes to wander, things become quite a bit more difficult off-trail. We only recommend hiking the Fremont River Trail if your dog is good about staying with you. Bring gear if you care to go fishing or stop for a picnic. 

4. Hemlock Meadows

This dog-friendly hike is just 1.3 miles, but with an elevation gain of 383 feet, it gets steep at some points. Hiking this trail provides a decent little work out without being excruciating. Overall, it is a short hike through a beautiful canyon meadow. What pup doesn’t love rolling around in the meadow? In the canyon, be sure to stay on the left hillside to avoid the two washes below that are difficult to navigate. It is also close to Bicknell, which makes this trail easy to access.

5. Horseshoe Canyon

The road leading to Horseshoe is 25 miles, while the actual hike once you get there is just 2 miles. There are restrooms at the end of the trail. This hike is unique because of its rich history. There are Native American petroglyphs, rock carvings, and cave paintings to be seen. While your dog might enjoy the smells and exercise more, you can appreciate the ancient art!

6. Little Wild Horse Trail

This hike goes through a slot canyon in the heart of the San Rafael Swell. If you choose to follow the full Little Wild Horse/Bell Canyon Loop, it’s about 8 miles, but Little Wild Horse itself is just over 3 miles. On a clear day, the sun peeks through cracks in the rocks, dappling the canyon with rays of light. It’s beautiful! Little Wild Horse is a popular hiking trail with lots of twists and turns through a narrow sandstone canyon. It’s a unique and beautiful hike that’s fun for everyone, human or dog.

These are just a few of the best dog-friendly hiking trails in Utah’s Capitol Reef area. Click here for the full list of all the hikes Wayne County has to offer. Why not get some fresh air and explore a new trail this weekend? Your grateful pup will thank you!

Keep Capitol Reef Country Forever Mighty

What is Forever Mighty? It’s practicing responsible travel while visiting Utah and Capitol Reef Country by following the principles of Tread Lightly and Leave No Trace.

Plan ahead and prepare, travel and camp on durable surfaces, dispose of waste properly, leave what you find, minimize campfire impacts, respect wildlife, be considerate of others, support local business and honor community, history and heritage. Help us keep Utah and Capitol Reef Country’s outdoor recreation areas beautiful, healthy, and accessible.

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