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Cottonwood Narrows North Trail, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument Utah

Cottonwood Narrows North Trail, Grand Staircase Escalante
Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument

The last time I visited Utah was in late September of 2013 and it was monsoon season. The rain had ruined a lot of our trip, but we had made the best of it. One part of our 2013 trip that I was excited about was visiting the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument (GSENM).  GSENM is managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).  We like the BLM because they often do not have those pesky dog rules, prohibiting dogs on trails like the National Parks do. By being on BLM land I would be able to have Boomer join me while at GSENM.

Unfortunately, during our 2013 visit, the rain had caused several roads to be impassable and we were denied entry into most of the monument… and do not think I did not try as I had a truck with 4WD at the time and thought I could handle any bit of mud thrown my way.

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Arizona Travels with Boomer USA Southwest Travels

Dog Friendly Spots in Page Arizona

Dog Friendly Spots in Page Arizona
Boomer checking out Horseshoe Bend in Page Arizona

Traveling with a dog comes with it’s challenges. These challenges, I believe, never outweigh the benefits however. But it does change our course sometimes.  We at Paws for Beer like to share dog friendly spots when ever we can.  So here are our recommendations for dog friendly spots in Page Arizona.

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The Southwest’s Crown Jewel: Monument Valley Utah

Driving Tour of Monument Valley Utah
Monument Valley Arizona

Have you every been driving down the road and you’re completely taken back by the scenery? And you think “I should stop here to take a photo.” But then you think “what if the next spot is better?” and you continue on and on. And then you come to the end of the beauty and you’re like “you dumb ass you missed your photo opportunity”.  And who has time to go back to snap a few photos? 

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Boomer Colorado Travels with Boomer USA Southwest Travels

Boomer Tours Hovenweep National Monument

Hovenweep National Monument
Entrance to Hovenweep National Monument

After visiting Mesa Verde I picked up Boomer from the local dog boarding facility in Cortez and we took a slightly long drive out to Hovenweep National Monument. There were points where I thought I was lost because the trip was so long and I did not exactly have real directions. Just a few road signs and some vague instructions from the website.

I realize that I have become too dependent on my GPS Samantha. Even when she leads me off course, we eventually get there. Extra miles may be driven, but she usually finds her way unless we are in the middle of no where. Due to the remoteness of Hovenweep, Samantha was taking a break from directing us around and I was relying on the old school methods, maps and the written word.

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Fiery Hot Pizza at Dolores River Brewing, Dolores Colorado

Dolores River Brewing, Dolores Colorado
Snaggletooth IPA at Dolores River Brewing

Sometimes I drive out of my way to visit places while traveling. Dolores River Brewing was no exception. I was spending the night in Cortez Colorado but there was a brewery located in a small town about 11 miles away. And since I was in Colorado, a state well-known for good beer, I decided to make the trek over to Dolores to try out Dolores River Brewing.

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A tasty meal and beer at Moab Brewery, Moab Utah

Moab Brewery, Moab Utah
Moab Brewery, Moab Utah

“They call it the Lycra bar” my uncle said to me when I announced I was going to the Moab Brewery in Moab Utah.

As I walked in the door I immediately understood what he meant as the walls of the gift shop were lined with lycra cycling jerseys. It was clear I was in mountain biking country. It was also clear that I should have made a reservation for dinner.

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Dog Friendly Dead Horse Point State Park Utah

Dead Horse State Park Utah
Dead Horse State Park Utah

As we departed Canyonlands National Park dark storm clouds rolled in accompanied by lightning. Knowing both Boomer and me, we are scaredy-cats and I contemplated skipping Dead Horse Point State Park because of the lightning. It was going to be a bummer due to the park being dog-friendly and would have allowed Boomer to get out of the car to stretch his legs. Dead Horse State Park is about 9 miles from Canyonlands and in those 9 miles, I went back and forth about 6 times on whether or not I was going to stop at Dead Horse Point State Park.

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Island In The Sky: Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Island In The Sky Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Canyonlands National Park, Utah

While planning our spring trip I had debated whether or not to visit Canyonlands National Park. It was the least dog friendly out of all of the 5 national parks in Utah… but it would have been the only park of the Mighty 5 that I would not have visited. Knowing myself, and we’re going on 35 years now, I knew it would bother me not ticking all 5 national parks off my list. Especially considering I would be about 10 minutes away from the state park we were visiting, Dead Horse State Park.

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Squatters Roadhouse Grill, Park City Utah

Squatters Roadhouse Grill, Park City Utah
Squatters Roadhouse Grill, Park City Utah

Majority of my spring 2015 trip was going to be solo, but while I was in Park City I happen to have a friend who was house-sitting the same time I was going to be passing through. She offered up a room to stay (don’t worry I also know the person who my friend was house-sitting for) with only one unfortunate stipulation. Boomer would need to be boarded for the night. So I did what any ration pet parent would do; I booked him a stay at some swanky Park City boarding facility. I’m sure he didn’t appreciate it as he had the bed all to himself and was not able to lay horizontal on the bed leaving me with only a sliver of the bed to sleep on.

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Boomer Idaho Travels with Boomer USA Northwest Travels

Granite Falls Trail 301, Priest Lake Idaho

Granite Falls Trail 301
Granite Falls Trail 301, Priest Lake Idaho

It had been only two days since we had said goodbye to Buddy and I thought to cheer us up I would take Boomer to Priest Lake Idaho. Although short, it would be a road trip, which is something that Boomer and I both love. Priest Lake is nearby our home, however I have only been there a handful of times and Boomer had never been. It is truly a shame as Priest Lake Idaho is one of the most stunning places in Idaho.  On this day I planned to take Boomer to Granite Falls, north of Nordman Idaho.