planning a pet friendly stay in hotels near capitol reef national park

Planning a Pet-Friendly Stay in Hotels Near Capitol Reef National Park

by | Sep 14, 2023

More than 70 percent of households in the U.S. today have a pet. And of those households, 78 percent report that they travel with their furry companions every year.

If you’ve ever traveled with a pet, you know that planning a trip gets a lot more complicated when you add four paws. You’ll need to find pet-friendly accommodations. Depending on your pet, flying may be very complicated, which makes a road trip more likely. Even the activities that you enjoy during your trip will likely need to be adjusted to include things that you can do with your pet along.

But while it may be more complicated, traveling with a furry family member can be fun and very rewarding. If you’re dreaming of traveling to hotels near Capitol Reef National Park with your pet, you’re in luck—Chuckwagon Lodge welcomes pets! Keep reading to learn what you need to know to plan a pet-friendly getaway.

Book Your Capitol Reef Resort Early

Finding hotels near Capitol Reef National Park that allow pets is one of the most complicated parts of planning a getaway with a furry family member. The number of hotels that welcome pets has been on the rise in recent years. In fact, it’s estimated that around 75 percent of hotels today allow pets. But this doesn’t necessarily mean that your search for a hotel or vacation rental that allows pets will be easy.

Finding hotels near Capitol Reef National Park that are pet-friendly isn’t too complicated. Chuckwagon Lodge is every animal lover’s go-to Capitol Reef resort. We welcome pets with just a $40 pet fee. This means that you’ll never have to leave your pet behind! But to ensure that you get your room style of choice for your stay at our Capitol Reef inn and cafe, don’t risk waiting to book your trip.

Visiting Capitol Reef With Your Pet

After booking a stay in a pet-friendly Capitol Reef resort, it’s time to start planning how you’ll spend your trip. If you’ve previously visited Southern Utah and had a chance to visit some of the region’s incredible national parks, you might be thinking about making a return visit. But before you do, it’s important to understand the restrictions in place for pets visiting national parks, including Capitol Reef..

Every national park has its own rules about pets. Dogs are allowed in Capitol Reef National Park. However, there are a lot of restrictions on where they can and can’t go within the park. Leashed pets are allowed on the trail that runs between the Visitor Center and the Fruita Campground. They are also allowed on the Fremont River Trail from the campground to the south end of Hattie’s Field. 

These are the only two sections of trail where pets are allowed. You can’t bring your pet on any other hikes within the park. They can visit unfenced and/or unlocked orchards in the Fruita section of the park, which means that they can go fruit picking with you during your visit. They can also walk within 50 feet of the center line of any paved or dirt road that is open to public vehicle travel.

There are also a few other rules you’ll need to follow while visiting the park with your pet. They must remain on a leash at all times, and that leash can’t be longer than six feet. Pet owners are also responsible for picking up and property disposing of all pet waste. Pets are not allowed in any public buildings, such as the Visitor Center.

Other Pet-Friendly Destinations

With so many restrictions in place, the best way to explore Capitol Reef National Park with your four-legged friend is with a scenic drive. You can still make stops along the way to stretch your legs and take plenty of pictures. But if you want to do some hiking during your stay in our Capitol Reef resort, you’ll want to search out some other pet-friendly destinations.

Fishlake National Forest is just over an hour away from Capitol Reef inn and cafe. This national forest is home to majestic aspens surrounding mountain meadows and clear alpine lakes. Unlike in Capitol Reef, all trails in the national forest are open to pets. 

Another great day trip to take from hotels near Capitol Reef National Park is Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Almost all trails within the national monument are open to pets, making it a great spot to do some hiking and enjoy the stunning landscapes of this often-overlooked destination.

Planning a Pet-Friendly Getaway at Hotels Near Capitol Reef National Park

With our pet-friendly accommodations, planning a pet-friendly getaway at hotels near Capitol Reef National Park is a breeze. Whether you want to enjoy a scenic drive through Capitol Reef or hope to do some hiking in other nearby outdoor destinations, Chuckwagon Lodge is the perfect basecamp for your whole family—including the ones with fur!

If you’re thinking about planning a pet-friendly adventure in Southern Utah, book your stay at Chuckwagon Lodge today!

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