Call of the Wild: Camping in the PNW with Your Pup

Editor’s Note: H*ckin’ COVID has given us a new normal. Give your campground a call to confirm their most pup-to-date details and dog-friendly guidelines!

After being cooped up in quarantine, you (and your pup) are itchin’ to get the zoomies out. With only a few short months until it’s my-face-hurts cold, now’s the time to go camping. Without further a-doo, here are some of the best Washington parks for overnight camping, plus tips and tricks to give your furry friend a good time!

State Parks

Lake Wenatchee features eight miles of hiking trails, 155 campsites, and dog-sledding facilities in Winter!

Birch Bay sits just nine miles south of the Canadian border, making this a great place to camp if you’re looking to travel during the day.

Brooks Memorial has poodles of hiking opportunities (almost 10 miles!) and is only 20 minutes from Goldendale Observatory State Park Heritage Site- one of the best stargazing spots in the PNW.

Pearrygin Lake is ideal for families with overnight and day-use options. With picnic areas, bike trails, and more, you and your pup won’t be bored during this trip.

Mount Spokane is a grreat option for the adventurous doggo with over 100 miles of trails. Plus, this state park has a hike-in yurt rental overlooking Quartz Mountain, call ahead for more info! 

Tips n’ Tricks

  • Pawlease make sure to keep your pup on a leash that’s 8ft long or less (and no retractables)!
  • Don’t plan on visiting the beaches with Fido; Washington Parks prohibit dogs on beaches
  • Make sure your pup is used to camping! Try setting up a tent in your backyard first to ensure she can handle tenting it. 
  • Keep ticks at bay by checking you and your pup regularly and, as an extra precaution, get your dog vaccinated for Lyme disease.
  • You wouldn’t want to have to babysit your neighbor’s dog all day! Take your doggo on hikes with you instead of leaving her alone at your campsite.
  • Heckin’ Covid has given us a new normal. Give your campground a call to confirm their restrictions and dog-friendly guidelines!

Keeping Everyone Happy:

  • Keep dogs leashed so that they don’t mingle with other critters.
  • Clean up after your dog and pack it out.
  • Don’t leave dogs unattended in vehicles or tied up at the campsite. This can be very disruptive, mostly because other campers become concerned about pets left alone.

Where’s your pal’s fave place to get away from it all? Woof at us in the comments and be sure to tag #SidewalkDog in all your adventures! And don’t furget to enter to win a $1,200 Dog-Friendly RV Vacation!

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