Tips for Taking Your Dog to Moab

Areas to Hike with Your Dog near Moab

If you’re looking for an outdoor adventure with your four-legged friend, look no further than Moab, Utah. With its abundance of wide-open spaces and pet-friendly accommodations, Moab is the perfect place to explore with your pup. Here are a few tips to help make your trip as enjoyable as possible for both you and your furry friend.

Dog-Friendly Hikes Near the National Parks

Local laws require dog leashes at all times, and they require you to keep your dog on marked trails. The hiking trails inside the national parks are off-limits for dogs, but there are dog-friendly hiking areas around Moab. Many hikes offer stunning arches and other geological formations that make Moab such a popular destination. Here are some great areas to hike with your dog near Moab:

Morning Glory Natural Bridge

Distance: 5 miles. Hike above the banks of Colorado and follow the picturesque Grandstaff Trail through the canyon to reach the mesmerizing Morning Glory Natural Bridge.

Hidden Valley Trail

Distance: 6 miles. The trek begins with a steadily ascending trail to a hidden valley! It’s a moving sight to behold. In the beautiful valley and beyond, the terrain evens out through the remaining miles of the hike.

Corona and Bowtie Arch Trail

Distance: 2.3 miles. Just west of Moab. This short hike to Corona and Bowtie Arch along a well-marked trail of Slickrock to the great arches. An excellent choice for beginner hikers.

Fisher Towers Trail

Distance: 4.4 miles. Hikers behold an overpowering mystical landscape across a vast expanse of Utah’s backcountry. Gaze up at the soaring heights of the incomprehensible Fisher Towers.

Longbow Arch

Distance: 2.4 miles. This walk features a wealth of wonders, including dinosaur tracks, fascinating rock art, and the fantastic sight of the Longbow Arch.

Mill Creek Trail

Distance: 1.8 miles. A short hike with gigantic payoffs. The Mill Creek Waterfall features popular swimming holes for dogs and their human pals, and famous ancient pictographs and petroglyphs adorn the rock walls along the trail!

Professor Creek and Mary Jane Canyon Trail

Distance: 8 miles. Near Arches National Park. This trail is considered one of the area’s best hikes to take with your dog. It leads over many creek crossings to a dual waterfall.

Moab’s Dog Park

Located at 100 East 300 South, this leash-free dog park offers an excellent area to let your dog run and play. The dog park is covered in sand, and features trees for shade. Doggy bags are readily available at the park to clean up after your pooch. The dog park features a separate gated area for small and large dogs with a water fountain in each one.

Pet-Friendly Accommodations

There are several hotels in Moab, Utah that allow dogs. Some of the dog friendly accommodations include:

Radcliffe Moab The Finca Homewood Suites by Hilton Moab
Red Cliff Condos La Quinta Inn & Suites Moab Expedition Lodge
Paraiso My Place Hotel-Moab Utah The Gonzo Inn
Adobe Dreams The Virginian Motel Under Canvas Moab
St. Danes Slickrock Cabins Quality Suites Moab

Great Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Moab

There are many dog-friendly eateries in Moab, so you won’t have to look far for a place to get a delicious meal after a big day on the trails. Here are a few of the most popular spots:

The Blu Pig

811 S Main St, Moab, UT 84532
Delectable barbeque food and live music every night.

Eddie McStiff’s

57 S Main St, Moab, UT 84532
Specialty beer and a menu featuring unique sandwiches, burgers, and entrees, plus vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.

Moab Food Truck Park

39 W 100 N, Moab, Utah 84532
Fun array of great food trucks serving waffles, hot dogs, Chinese food, pizza, tacos, and more.

Milt’s Stop and Eat

356 S Mill Creek Dr, Moab, UT 84532
Traditional U.S. American diner with buffalo burgers and old-style malts.


96 S Main St, Moab, UT 84532
There is a big selection of locally brewed beers and creative pizzas with a fun local atmosphere.

Safety Tips for Hiking with Your Dog Near Moab

Taking in the beauty and grandeur of the Moab area is one of the greatest experiences a person can have, and having your dog sharing it with you makes it so much more special. Of course, the high desert of Utah is a place where avoiding accidents must be a top priority for pet owners.

  1. Dehydration or Risk of Overheating: Moab, Utah gets 100 degrees or more during the summer, so bringing enough water for you and your dog is essential. If bringing your dog during summer on hikes, be sure to start early so you can avoid the hottest time of day.
  2. Harassing Wildlife: A leash is required in all public areas in Moab. Your dog should be trained for verbal commands and should be prevented from chasing or bothering wildlife.
  3. Risk of Falling: Keep your dog away from cliff edges. Dogs can fall or become afraid and feel stuck in dangerous spots when permitted to run without a leash.

Moab Area Health and Emergency Services for Dogs

Dog Boarding Facilities

If you are planning on spending time in the national parks where dogs are not allowed or when it is too hot for them to join, a dog boarding facility or doggy daycare is a perfect solution.

Moab Veterinary Clinic

4575 Spanish Valley Dr, Moab, UT 84532
(435) 259-8710

Moab National Bark

2781 S Roberts Dr, Moab, UT 84532
(435) 259-7922

The Joy of Traveling with Your Dog

There are endless wonders to enjoy with your fuzzy pal on the great trails of the Utah backcountry surrounding world-famous Moab Utah. You can make countless wonderful memories of grand adventures together in this spectacular region. To make the most of your exciting journey with your pet dog, ensure your dog is safe and well-behaved:

  • Prepare in advance with proper basic behavioral training.
  • Have all the vaccinations needed for your dog.
  • Attach a proper ID to your pet.
  • Get a doggy pack and load it with all the pet supplies you’ll need.

Red River Adventures in Moab, Utah

If you’re interested in coming to Moab, Utah for a guided adventure, call Red River Rafting at (435) 259-4046 for more information or to book your visit. We are a guided tour service in Moab for rock climbing, canyoneering, and river rafting excursions. Red River Adventure guides are certified through the American Mountain Guide Association.

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We strive to ensure that time spent with us is time that you will always look back on fondly. We want to leave you with a memories that bring a smile to your face no matter where you are, no matter what you are doing, and no matter how much time has passed. In addition to a deep reservoir of personal experience, our rafting guides are licensed by the state of Utah, have Wilderness First Responder and/or First Aid/CPR certifications, and are insured. Many guides also have swiftwater rescue training. Our climbing and canyoneering guides are AMGA-certified for the terrain in which they operate. Our skiing guides are certified for the terrain, and some are world-renowned for their experience. All of our guides are intimately acquainted with not only the river, rock and snow, but also with the incredible surroundings of the areas we guide.

River Rafting Reviews and Red River Adventure Testimonials!

David Zane
September 25, 2022

Unbelievably professional and skilled - amazing time

Keilah Butler
September 7, 2022

Great guides, great experience! Thanks!

Savannah Houle
September 6, 2022

It Was Absolutely Amazing, Had Such A Wonderful Time ! Loved Being Able To Swim And Enjoy The Views

Joe Carissimi
September 5, 2022

Great full day tour!! Sarah was an awesome guide. Good time had by all. Highly recommend it.

Nathan Moon
September 5, 2022

McKayla was an incredible guide, friendly, helpful and safety conscious. Thank you!

Danielle Brokens
September 4, 2022

We did both the half day rafting trip as well as the Bow and Arrow canyoneering. Both trips were great, especially the canyoneering. I had a 21, 13, and twin 10 year olds and this was such a fun way to spend our time in Moab for the wide range in ages of my boys. The guides were super knowledgable and fun! We had a couple of scared kiddos to do the rappelling and our guide helped make the boys feel comfortable and able. So much fun and would definitely recommend!

Cherrie Weisel
September 2, 2022

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September 1, 2022

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Rob Brachowski
September 1, 2022

We had a great rafting trip with Red River Adventures. Our guide was very knowledgeable and was a lot of fun. If we are back in the area we would love to go on another trip.

Greg Wiessner
August 29, 2022

We want to thank Noah and Red River Adventures for an amazing climbing trip. We booked a half day trip to the Ice Cream Parlor for our first Utah, crack-climbing experience. As East Coast gym climbers with limited outdoor experience, we were looking for a guide who could get us climbing immediately in a crag where we could have a great outdoor experience. Noah was very skilled at assessing our skill level, stamina and willingness to fall trying. We'd highly recommend Red River Adventures and Noah in particular for getting you to a great spot. Better still, Noah gave us great advice about camp sites and food. You will do great if you go with this sevice.

Jessica Putvin
August 26, 2022

I had such a blast! The guides were incredible and full of fun/amazing information!!! They provided a beautiful experience!💫

Pat Huff
August 26, 2022

I had a great time! The river guide was helpful and knowledgeable.

Kim Cameron
August 25, 2022

Although Emily provided a fun and informative tour, it ended 45 minutes earlier than scheduled.

Fun time on the Colorado river. Our guide was very nice and knowledgeable. It was much less time on the river than expected. But we had fun. Next time would go for more rapids as this was more of a float than a white water experience.

Dulani Kulasinghe
August 22, 2022

We had a really great day! Everything was organised super smoothly and the whole red river adventures team made everything easy and safe in a really relaxed way. We did the full day trip from Fisher Towers with a 10 year old and a 13 year old. None of us had rafted before (though we'd all done a bit of kayaking) and it was exactly what we wanted. Apparently the river was running a bit low, but we still had a fun day - never terrifying and occasionally relaxing. As an introduction to rafting we couldn't have asked for more and we'd definitely book again with Red River next time we're in Moab - thoroughly recommended!

Joanne Brunetti
August 20, 2022

Five years ago we did rafting with Red River Adventures & wanted to replicate the experience. We booked half day trip & we enjoyed this adventure as well. Our guide, Samantha, was lovely and really qualified. She answered all of our many questions about the river, the landscape and the life in Moab. We had fun in the 2 hours we spent together. We also loved the road trip to reach the drop off area as the bus drives through one of the most beautiful panoramic roads in the U.S.A. Highly recommend! Italia

Papa Fitzgerald
August 18, 2022

Our guide rocked!

Brenda Fitzgerald
August 18, 2022

Noah was awesome!

Svet Mc
August 15, 2022

This was well organized whitewater rafting. With timing , transportation , and safety masseurs. Our young guide Hudson was excellent. With a lot of experience in water sports and mountaineering . Did great job to help us skillfully go down the river with ease and it was fun . Will go back to Red River Adventures .

Rhiannon Seneli
August 15, 2022

Guides were great and entertaining. Great family activity! Our youngest was 7 and he had as much fun as the adults.

Féodora Zussy
August 14, 2022

Magnifique descente du Colorado, on a pu se baigner et profiter de la fraîcheur du fleuve. Une équipe jeune et dynamique.

Jisu Kim
August 14, 2022

My son has really gotten into climbing for the past 4-5 months, so we booked this guided tour and took a quick trip out to Park City area for our first outdoor climbing adventure. I called a local climbing gym prior to booking and they highly recommend Red River Adventures and they did not disappoint. Full disclosure, I was a bit apprehensive and nervous, since I've only been climbing for a few weeks (to build up callouses mostly!). Thus, I was probably a bit "overzealous" about asking questions by calling and emailing, haha... However, Carl and the staff at Red River were AWESOME. They were patient and were able to guide me to the appropriate package (Full day climb, single pitch, top-roping, Wasatch mountain range). On the day of the climb, we met our guide, Cass, and she was able to feel out what we were capable of as well as what we wanted to get out of the day. Cass was a fantastic guide who was super friendly and worked HARD to set things up for us. She gave us enough instructions, but wasn't intrusive at all. That is, she allowed us to feel out and explore the climb on our own without just telling us where the next hold is, etc. This made us really think about what we were doing up there and made the experience much more, "I really did that on my own!"...a feeling of accomplishment. We were able to get in excellent climbing at all levels. Although we spent the whole day at the single location (Salt Lake Slips, Central Wasatch), there were plenty of climbs of different levels to push us (me, mostly!). The final climb, Witchhunt (5.10a), was awesome. Although it was a challenge I was unable to overcome, it ended up being the highlight of a fantastic day. I would highly, highly recommend Red River Adventures to anyone who asks and have already told a couple of my friends about them.

Brian Deyaert
August 13, 2022

Wonderful, fun & safe experience. From checkin to drop off, smooth and top notch experience. Will use company again!

Nick Bernfeld
August 13, 2022

What a true Amazing trip! Loved this white water rafting trip class 3/4 rapids, the guides did a great job at making us feel safe, would def try it again!

Erin L
August 12, 2022

This was an Amazing trip! We came from Illinois and had never seen or done anything like it! Our guide, Kenzie was so great! I highly recommend this if you are looking for an adventure!

Marco Colombo
August 12, 2022

Great Experience, Great Team, Great Ride ! Our leader Sam was super, RedRiver remains top rated in Moab ! Marco (Italy) .

Gina Marino
August 11, 2022

This was an amazing first time adventure! From the well organized briefing to assigning safety gear to 30 minute bus ride, which was highly entertaining, to traveling down the gorgeous Colorado River! Huge shout out to all our guides! Yall funny! Emily was our river guide and we loved her! This ride is a nice and easy introduction to rafting, great for young and old! We wanted to wish those who are returning to their studies a great year!

Brandon Nelson
August 10, 2022

We really enjoyed our 1/2 day river rafting trip. There was a bus full of guests that morning but our family of 5 got our own boat and guide Ryan. Ryan was awesome, professional and fun and let us swim and enjoy the water.

Johnathan Hintz
August 9, 2022

The staff at Red River were fantastic and fun. Our guide was knowledgeable about the area, the geology of the region and shared a lot of info beyond rafting. The ride to and from the Moab site was beautiful. Our bus driver was a delight. It was a nice diversion from hiking in the parks on our weeks vacation.

Amanda Bailey
August 9, 2022

Such a fantastic day. My girls (9 and 13) were disappointed when it ended. Lucas was such a great guide. He totally knew what would make a great tour for us and just ran with it. We would absolutely book again and probably the full day next time. Such fun!!!

Great trip. Scenery was fantastic. Sam our guide was thorough and provided history of the area.

David Stutman
August 8, 2022

Our trip was great and Hudson was a great guide. Thanks!

Greg Lawrence
August 7, 2022

Lucas was a good guide, very good for neophytes to work with. Connor & Hudson are real good, too, good info on the bus rides up & back. We got to float out IN the river, too, very enjoyable. Highly recommended; my wife & I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves as the oldest in our 3-boat group (63 & 55yo).

Amanda DelliColli
August 6, 2022

Unfortunately due to drought the rapids were a little lack luster but our guide Hudson was amazing! He was telling jokes, spinning us in the rapids and keeping us very entertained! Def ask for Hudson:)

Justine McGinley
August 6, 2022

We booked the 1/2 day float trip and had a great time. The entire staff was very friendly and knowledgeable about the area. The entire trip was very well organized and our family of 5 (including 3 teens) really enjoyed the experience. I would definitely recommend!!

Nora & Damon Duncan
August 5, 2022

Had a blast with Sam @ Red River Adventures!

Erin Arnoldi
August 4, 2022

My kids enjoyed the rock-climbing experience. The most experienced climber would have liked more challenges, but the lesser experienced climbers were challenged appropriately. I felt like they were safe at all times.

August 2, 2022

One day Guided Rock Climbing - Salt Lake City Could not recommend enough. Highly professional, very organised and an incredible intro to climbing outdoors. Shout out to Cass my guide who was seriously brilliant, so knowledgeable about everything I asked and was able to tailor the day to doing some intro to lead training too! Being a female (travelling alone) I was a little bit nervous about going alone - if you are in a similar situation, this is the company to go with. Thanks again, you made my trip. Hope to be back another time.

Dany Elsener
August 2, 2022

Freundlicher Staff und motivierte Guides. Im Sommer wohl eher eine einfache Gummiboottour, denn River Rafting.

Devon Davies
August 1, 2022

Our guide Emily was fantastic on the Chamisa canyoneering trip. I doubted my ability to complete some of the challenges on this hike and she encouraged and instructed me the whole way. She was equally great with the more able guests. Highly recommend.

Jennifer Goldman
August 1, 2022

We had the best experience. Incredible hike, repelling and guide! Thank you. We’d definitely do it again.

Samantha Walker
August 1, 2022

My friends and I did the 1/2 day Towers trip as our first time rafting. The guide, Hudson, was very knowledgeable and great at directing us on the paddle boat. It was so much fun! We can’t wait to try some higher level rafting next. Thank you!

Maeve Kammerer
August 1, 2022

Carl is an awesome guide! My husband and I needed help learning multi-pitch climbing. Carl was super Knowledgeable, patient, and attentive to our needs. Thanks Red River Adventures for such an awesome experience!

Jarrod Clark
July 31, 2022

We arranged a half day Canyoneering tour for me and 4 girls (ages 8-14). Red River Adventures was great in offering suggestions for this group. Booking online was easy. A member of this group had reservations about going, but Dan spoke honestly and gently. She decided to participate and was so happy she did. Dan is a great guide and helped when needed, but encouraged everyone during this great Canyoneering adventure. Looking forward to returning for another adventure.

Judy Stoldt
July 30, 2022

We had Alex as our guide and she was wonderful!! The view is amazing and we had a lot of fun getting off the raft and swimming. My teenage girls really enjoyed it and got a lot of pics to share with their friends.

Leah Sewell
July 29, 2022

Red River Adventures is so organized, thorough, and friendly. Appreciated all the information they shared about the area, the terrain, stories, and more. Emily is an amazing guide—personable, informative, and such a good driver of the raft. Any age would find this enjoyable!

Jonah Neal
July 28, 2022

We had a blast! Sophie was an excellent guide and my 9 yo son said we need to do the full-day tour next time. :)

Erin Gantz
July 28, 2022

Emily was a great guide! Relaxing trip down the river and lots of knowledge given about the area.

Elaine Porter
July 28, 2022

We had a great trip! The staff was excellent and so helpful, and the trip was beautiful and scenic! Loved being able to swim in the river!

Tyler DiF
July 28, 2022

Really fun experience overall, all the guides were welcoming and friendly, good for all ages