National Dog Day was celebrated August 26th. Check out this fun website to plan your 2019 celebration. www.NationalDogDay.com
Sales of stand-up paddleboards have soared as more thrill seekers discover the fun to be had and a phenomenal core workout. Along the Wasatch Back, paddling an SUP includes a pooch more often than not.
While not all breeds are cut out for this sport, it’s hard not to enjoy watching humans and their well-balanced furry friends skimming across the water. Whether you own your own boards or choose to rent, there are some great local bodies of water to explore on SUP.
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Beginners should head to “Pebble Beach” at Deer Valley Plaza where the only intimidating factor is the audience from the Deer Valley Cafe deck. Advanced paddle-boarders are drawn to the Weber River in the stretch between Henefer and Taggart. It’s worth the drive to go watch experts navigate rapids with Fido on board! You can then enjoy lunch with peacocks at the infamous Taggart’s Grill.
Many of our mountain dog breeds love to swim. In addition to the Willow Creek dog pond, there’s a popular dog pond between Pinebrook and Summit Park near Gorgoza Park. It’s right off the paved trail, with very limited parking so best to walk in. Both the Jordanelle Reservoir and Rockport Reservoir welcome dogs, with prohibitions on beaches, so it’s ideal to bring them on your boat. They must be leased at all times! Finally, the Uinta Mountains are FULL of lakes, and dogs are allowed at all of them!
Willow Creek Park (4460 Spilt Rail Lane) is an enclosed 2.4-acre fenced area with both turf and a large dog- friendly pond which features both a zero-entry point and a floating dock for dogs to jump from if they are tempted. There is a 1/3-mile soft surface trail inside the dog park with a 1/2 acre area of “fetch” space. The park also features an agility course for your furry best friends to work on their skills. For the dog owners, there are three small shade shelters to enjoy while keeping an eye on your dog.
Trailside Park (5715 Trailside Drive) includes a small dog park area and a large all-size dog area. Both have sodded and natural surfaces for the pups to run and play, with benches and shade shelters for the humans. In Trailside Park, there is also a 1-mile off-leash trail where your dog can run free, just look for the signs of where you must have them leashed.
The Woods at Parley’s Lane (4275 Sunrise Drive) is our newest addition of off-leash parks. It is a smaller park with plenty of room for your dog to play off leash.
Run-A-Muk Trail Area (Utah Olympic Parkway) includes approximately 2 miles of trail to wander with your dog or 43-acres to let them run free. Dog Park hours are dawn to dusk and restroom facilities are available on site within the parks. Please make sure that your dog is leashed until in the dog park. There are Mutt-Mitt stations throughout the dog parks and at the Run-A-Muk trailside so please pick up after your pet. There is no poop fairy!
Round Valley is a 1500 acre playground boasting 30 miles of trails best accessed at Quinn’s Junction trailhead (84098 Gilmor Way) offering both on and off-leash areas, please consult the large map at the trail head to understand your options. Click edit button to change this text.
Memorial Hill in Midway on River Road is a popular, 2-mile hiking loop that offers commanding views of the Heber Valley with a wonderful veteran’s memorial at the top of the hill. Dogs must be leased and Mutt Mitts are provided.
Midway Town Dog Park is located at the base of the Valais and Interlaken communities off Burgi Lane, offering a large fenced play space.
Heber City Dog Park is located at 254 W 650 N.
With over 400 miles of interconnected trails, some of which are paved, these multi-user trails require keen attention to etiquette. And as always, remember there is no Poop Fairy, so please clean up after your furry friends!
HEBER VALLEY There are numerous options throughout the enormous Wasatch Mountain State Park for on and off leash areas adjacent to the Wasatch Mountain and Soldier Hollow Golf Courses as well as within the Dutch Hollow trail network.
PROVO RIVER The Provo River area offers abundant trails with 5 points of access along the river, a great option for larger dogs who love swimming. These areas are very popular with fly fisherman; please practice good etiquette and give a wide berth!
COYOTE CANYON Coyote Canyon on the east side of Heber Valley is accessed by Coyote Lane off Highway 40. This area is popular with mountain bikers so be “leash ready.” Enjoy expansive views of Mt. Timpanogos and the Heber Valley. Note that there’s virtually no shade offered here so time your hike accordingly.
KAMAS Thanks to the developers of High Star Ranch, there’s now a nice trail network on the uphill side of this community. This multi-use trail system is also popular with mountain bikers so have the leash ready at all times. Check out their events calendar to enjoy concerts and other events before or after your hike or enjoy a nice meal at the State Road Tavern. You’ll have to leash your dog for these activities.
UINTA MOUNTAINS With millions of acres and abundant trails, the Uinta Mountains are perfect for longer hikes with plentiful swimming opportunities and incredible vista’s. It’s definitely worth the drive for a longer outing. You’ll both enjoy the famous jerky from Samak Smokehouse on your way back home.
DOG THERAPY Dog Dive is a wonderful hydrotherapy facility in Quarry Village at the base of Pinebrook, right next to O’Shucks Bar & Grill. Owner Angela Dirkers is a licensed massage therapist certified in canine aqua-therapy. You can bring your best friend in for a treatment or a recreational swim.
DOG FOOD DELIVERY Bark City Pet Emporium delivers pet supplies and food right to your door! They also offer free range kenneling services and can pick up your pooch at your home and deliver him or her upon your return. 435.655.9240
DOG GROOMING With Groomin’ on the Go, a professional mobile groomer comes right to your home or office, providing all the comforts of a grooming shop without you needing to dropoff and then pickup your pup. Park City Pet Salon is located in Prospector and offers grooming services for all breeds. Tee J’s Custom Mutt Cuts offers affordable grooming and pet sitting services in Heber. Grooming by Tracy offers grooming services in Heber. Contact Tracy at 385.321.0515.
DOG RESCUE Nuzzles & Co. has a pet adoption facility on the east side of the Tanger Factory Outlets near the Famous Footwear Store by the Outlet offices. They have a much larger ranch in Brown’s Canyon where this non-profit, no-kill organization works to find homes for dogs and cats. Formerly known as Friend of Animals Utah, this non-profit hosts the annual Barking Ball fundraiser and has a very active social media presence.
We love the mission of Nuzzles and Co. so much that Keller Williams Park City features a “Dog of the Week” in our Park Record ads. Check out the pups in our Saturday ads.
We also love Paws for Life, Heber City’s a NKUT coalition partner and animal rescue organization. Click edit button to change this text.
THEY WROTE THE BOOK!
Local dog-loving authors have penned several great books. Click the link for your reading pleasure!
BE DOG-SAFE THIS WINTER!
Pretty soon, winter will be at our doorstep! Be sure to protect your pup in the snow. Like us, these fur-coated creatures are used to the warmth of indoor shelter and cold weather can be as hard on them as it is on us humans.
Check out 15 Winter Care Tips for Your Dog to make sure they’re safe and healthy!