Camping with Your Dog: Best Dog Friendly Campgrounds in the West

With cooler temperatures, less crowded campgrounds, beautiful colors, and more campground choices than you can imagine, fall is the perfect time to pack up Fido and visit dog friendly campgrounds in the Western United States. Whether you prefer mountains, lakes and streams, the desert, or wide valleys, you and your best friend are sure to have great adventures together in any of the best dog friendly campgrounds in these four Western States:

Dog Friendly Campgrounds in Washington:

Kalaloch Resort offers these camping goodies:

  • Located in an unincorporated resort area in the Olympic Peninsula
  • 50 foot bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean
  • Beaches, rainforests, and caves to explore
  • Free camping and open year round
  • Cabins are available, but dogs are not welcome in the cabins

Kachess Campground

  • Located near the shores of Lake Kachess in a shady, pine forest
  • Hiking, swimming, bird watching, and water skiing
  • Rustic campground with no hook-ups

Ohanapecosh Campground

  • Located on the southeast side of Mt. Rainier National Park
  • Old growth forests and a gorgeous mountain river
  • See beautiful wildflowers during the months of July and August
  • Lots of hiking and exploring trails to falls and the volcanic mountain


Dog Friendly Campgrounds in California:

With over 344 campgrounds in the state, you and Fido are sure to enjoy one of these campgrounds:

Riverside Campground

  • Located in Big Sur
  • $5.00 fee per night for up to 2 pets. Additional pets are permitted with prior approval
  • Enjoy full river access, trails, and pet friendly beaches
  • Forty campsites

Girard Ridge Outlook

  • Located between Mt. Shasta and Redding
  • Free, no fees for pets
  • The lookout was built in 1931 and stands 13 feet above ground. There are steps leading up to the lookout
  • Need to bring all supplies-very rustic and private but does have a toilet
  • Surrounded by woods and trails

Fremont Campground

  • Located in Santa Barbara in the Los Padre National Forest
  • No pet fee but a $5.00 fee for more than two vehicles
  • Close to the beautiful Santa Ynez River
  • Loads of trails and dogs are welcome on the trails

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Dog Friendly Campgrounds in Montana:

San-Suz RV Park and Campground

  • Located in West Glacier
  • Leashes required but there is a big field where dogs are welcome to run off-leash
  • 2.5 miles from the entrance of West Glacier, dogs are not allowed on the trails in Glacier National Park
  • Thirty sites near lakes, forests, and rivers

Limber Pine Campground

  • Located in Red Lodge near Beartooth Scenic Byway and Roaring Lake trailheads
  • Lots of events in area from rodeos – rendezvous
  • Rock Creek is just a stone’s throw away

Maxey Cabin

  • Located in Bozeman in Hyalite Canyon
  • There are 2 cabins with some cooking supplies but no electricity or running water
  • You can drive there in 3 seasons but you will need to hike in during the winter months
  • Ice climbing, fishing, and hiking along waterfall trails

Dog Friendly Campgrounds in Idaho:

Springy Point Campground

  • Located in Oldtown on the Pend Oreille River
  • Pet fee required plus and $18.00 per night fee
  • Close to biking and hiking trails as well as shopping
  • 38 camp sites with no hook-ups

Sunny Gulch Campground

  • Located in Stanley
  • Mountain views and some great fishing access
  • Pet fee required plus a $15.00 per night fee
  • On the Salmon River for all sorts of water activities

Wilderness Gateway Campground

  • Located in Elk City
  • The Lochsa River is known for white water rafting and fishing as well as hiking nearby
  • The wilderness area is right out the back door so the explorations can be endless
  • No cell coverage

There are hundreds of camping possibilities in the Western states. Remember, weather can change dramatically in a short time, so get familiar with the area in which you are camping. Most campgrounds require your dog be on a leash and controlled at all times. No dogs are permitted on ANY National Park trails but are permitted in other areas. Pack up the car, dial in your GPS and….LET’S GO CAMPING!



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