Traveling with Your Dog: The Canine Companion's Mini-Guide to Jackson Hole

Traveling with Your Dog: The Canine Companion’s Mini-Guide to Jackson Hole

Traveling with Your Dog: The Canine Companion's Mini-Guide to Jackson Hole

Wilderness and dogs go together like peanut butter and jelly. But, many state parks and resorts in the U.S. have strict rules about bringing pets. While many do allow them, not all do. Fortunately, Jackson Hole it pet friendly. Here’s what you need to know.

The Cache Creek Trail Head

Cache Creek is a favorite of the locals. It’s an extensive trail system near the Snow King area. Pets are allowed here on all parts of all of the trails here, which is nice, since these trails can take you all over the mountain. This is also a great place for mountain bike riding if you are so inclined. Since it’s close to town, you don’t have to drive forever just to hang out and get some exercise.

Snow King Resort

These Jackson Hole hotels are great places to stay, and if you’re looking for nearby trails, check out the Snow King Resort, which contains trails that are dog friendly. If you do manage to make it to the top, the view of the Tetons is amazing.

Wilson Bridge

Wilson Bridge is another great place located near the highway 22 bridge over the Snake River. You can park on either side and there’s an access to a dike which also happens to be a great swimming hole where dogs are allowed. There are also some great places to walk here.

The Dog Park

Most city parks don’t allow dogs, which is why this park exists. The dog-friendly park is free and located on Scott Lane.

Devil’s Staircase

Sounds scary, but it’s not. Go east of Driggs ID, and park at the Teton Canyon. Make your way up the South Teton Canyon trail – this is a great trail. Just make sure you give your dog plenty of time to stop and rest, rehydrate, and enjoy the smells. The views here are incredible, especially the cliffs you’ll see to your right.

The creek trail itself is 14 miles out and back. And, if you take the Alaska Basin detour, you’ll get an easy 18 mile hike out of the deal.

Table Mountain

Table Mountain starts at the Teton Canyon parking lot, just like Devil’s Staircase. Start from the upper parking lot and go on the North Canyon trail for about 4.5 miles. Then, switch to the Face Trail for 1.4 miles. This will take you all the way to the summit.

While the final climb is pretty steep, you and dog should be able to make it (provided you’re in reasonable shape), and the views will be amazing. Dog will love it up here. Total round trip is about 11 miles.

Jackson Peak

There’s a trail close to town that will take you all the way up to the peak, and it starts at Curtis Canyon parking – about 9 and a half miles down the Elk Refuge Road. There’s a convenient stop at Goodwin Lake, a perfect place to have lunch and let dog get something to drink or a swim, before you walk another 3 miles to the summit.

Roundtrip is, again, about 11 miles.

About the Author

John Shepardson is an outdoorsman and nature photographer. He loves writing about his travels to share online. His articles appear on many vacation and travel sites.

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9 responses to “Traveling with Your Dog: The Canine Companion’s Mini-Guide to Jackson Hole”

  1. Kim Hampton Avatar
    Kim Hampton

    Great tips! We usually leave our dog home but we’ve been thinking about taking him on our next vacation.

  2. Sandra Watts Avatar
    Sandra Watts

    I always took my dog with me when we went. He was pretty good about traveling.

  3. Myra Ball Avatar
    Myra Ball

    Love love Jackson hole

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  5. Shonda Avatar

    I sure miss my fur babies. Your guy is a beauty. I tookmy 2 yorkies with me everywhere. Great tips for those who travel with dogs.

  6. Jamie Avatar

    Our dog is really old….like over 100! I don’t think she would make it on any hikes in Jackson Hole…but I would love to go!!

  7. Jessica Avatar

    My son has been asking for a dog. It would need to be able to travel with us if we get one.

  8. Czjai Reyes-Ocampo Avatar

    Glad to know there are still pet-friendly tourist spots out there! I’m curious as to how the ascent to the Devil’s Staircase looks like. 🙂

  9. Esther Avatar

    What a great list of places to take your dog. I like to go to a lot of different places instead of just one park all the time so it is nice to know there are more options out there.