Best Things to do with Dogs Around Bryce Canyon National Park

Exploring the surreal moonlike landscape of Bryce Canyon Country is more fun with your furry best friend by your side. From towering pinnacles to mazes of fragrant juniper forest, there’s much to discover but it’s important to know where pets are welcome. At Under Canvas, we love traveling with dogs. For that reason, all of our locations are dog-friendly, including Under Canvas Bryce Canyon. Check out our list of the best things to do near Bryce Canyon National Park for tail-wagging adventures.

Cruise the Bryce Canyon Scenic Drive

This 38-mile scenic drive is the perfect way to see the top sights in Bryce Canyon National Park. It takes about 3 hours including stops at the 13 viewpoints. Stretch your legs and let your furry friend sniff around at pull-offs where you can see spectacular scenery and otherworldly rock formations. Begin your drive at Rainbow and Yovimpa Points for views of pink, white, and grey cliffs. That way, the rest of the stops will be on the right-hand side of the road so it’s easier and safer to pull over and enjoy the views. Make sure to visit Farview Point for expansive vistas of Bryce Canyon and Grand Staircase-Escalante and Natural Bridge for a particularly photogenic red rock arch surrounded by ponderosa pines.

Hike Bryce Canyon National Park

Although Bryce Canyon National Park does not allow pets on unpaved trails, they can explore the paved, 0.5-mile stretch of the Rim Trail between Sunset and Sunrise Points. Walking along the rim will offer breathtaking panoramic views of the massive amphitheater and the hoodoos below. We highly recommend dog booties for heat protection and to shield your pup’s paws from sharp rocks and hot surfaces. Check out our packing list for dogs for all the essentials to meet your dog’s needs from head to tail.

Visit Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument

There are plenty of dog-friendly hikes outside of Bryce Canyon National Park that offer equally incredible views. Grand Staircase-Escalante is one of the most dog-friendly areas of Utah and is home to hoodoos, slot canyons, waterfalls, arches, and more! Dogs are welcome to explore all but one trail (Coyote Gulch) and run off-leash. The Escalante Natural Bridge Trail and Devil’s Garden Trail are popular hikes for seeing soaring red rock formations.

Make a Splash at Dixieland National Forest

Weave your way through pine, aspen, and spruce trees in Dixieland National Forest for a refreshing, high-desert adventure. You don’t have to venture far, only 45 minutes from Under Canvas, for this change of scenery. Take the Blind Lake Trail or drive a 4×4 vehicle down to the shores of the glistening mountain lake. Take a dip and throw the tennis ball into the cool blue waters for a fun day by the water. You’ll have one happy (but soggy) pup!

Chow Down at Dog-Friendly Restaurants

Head to Tropic, Utah, just a 20-minute drive from Under Canvas Bryce Canyon for a selection of dog-friendly restaurants with outdoor patios. Don’t feel like going out? Enjoy an al fresco culinary dining experience at camp.

i.d.k. Barbecue 

Savor southern-style barbecue and delicious sides on their outdoor patio.

Rustler’s Restaurant

Enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner at this Western restaurant that serves barbecue, tacos, pasta, steak, shrimp, and more.

Showdowns Restaurant

Indulge in a delicious dessert menu with fun options like S’mores-to-go, a rootbeer float, or a chocolate chip cookie mug cake.

Under Canvas Bryce Canyon

Dig into a wholesome breakfast or delicious dinner made with locally sourced ingredients just steps from your luxury tent.

Kick Back At Under Canvas

Set in the picturesque John’s Valley, enjoy majestic desert views from our luxury safari-style tents or outdoor lounge area with your pooch. Explore the campsite together and watch the sunset from the comfort of your private deck before heading to the nightly campfire for s’mores and making memories outside together.


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