After visiting Glacier National Park in Montana last September, I didn't know that another mountain beauty would fall onto my bucket list. But the mountains started calling, and I decided that I must go. At first, Rocky Mountain National Park was planned to be a pit stop on my way to the Grand Canyon. I'd take a peek as I drove by. But when the perfect time slot opened up on my calendar, too hot for Arizona but just right for mountain climes, I knew it was time to head to the Rockies.
I've heard concerns from a LOT of people that taking your dogs to Rocky Mountain National Park is difficult at best, not worth it at worst. I didn't have any of these negative experiences at all. In fact, I had an incredible (and rule-abiding) time with my dogs at this beautiful National Park. All it takes is a bit of research, understanding the rules, and planning. It was incredibly simple, actually, and I'm so glad I went. I'll save you some time by spelling everything out in this post.
Dogs are allowed in all developed campgrounds in Rocky Mountain National Park and on all park roads. Perfect. Done. That's all I needed to achieve my goal of camping and then driving Trail Ridge Road. That alone was an amazing experience! Essentially, if you want to go backpacking or hiking here with your dog, that's a No-No. BUT, before you get discouraged or just up and decide to quit on this idea, know that almost every National Park has many National Forests directly adjacent or nearby. Why is this important? Dogs are welcome in our National Forests - both in campgrounds and on the trail. They can go nearly everywhere we can (just be sure to double check rules for your specific destination).