My Five Favorite Pet-friendly Destinations in Salt Lake City

by Capree Kimball, a full-time design blogger who currently calls Utah home

I’m a self-described “crazy dog lady” with an over-sized soft spot for Schnauzers. You’ll catch me posting photos of my little salt and pepper pup Wrigley almost daily over on Twitter. When I’m not obsessing about canines, I’m blogging about everything else I love: bright colors, modern design, and robots. I am thrilled to bits to share some of my favorite pooch-friendly spots and activities in and around Salt Lake City!

Mill Creek Canyon Park
Salt Lake City, UT 
http://www.utah.com/saltlake/canyons.htm
Photo by Andrew Miller (http://andrewmillerphotos.com).

For the outdoors, dog-lovin’ type, nothing beats an adventure in Mill Creek Canyon Park. Your pup is welcome to roam free (on ‘odd’ number days, leashed on ‘even’ days) through dozens of trails, streams, and lakes—there is even a good swimming spot called Dog Lake !

 
Salt Lake City Farmer’s Market
Located between 400 West and 300 West/400 South and 300 South, Salt Lake City, UT 
http://www.slcfarmersmarket.org/

Before your day of hiking and swimming at Mill Creek Canyon, you and your dog can pick up some fresh, local food (and award-winning cheese) from the Salt Lake City Farmer’s Market. Open Saturday mornings from June through October, the market is a great place to take your well-behaved, furry friend. There’s more to the market than just awesome food, though: the perimeter is lined with arts and craft booths where you can pick up a handmade collar or a custom drawing of your dog! Local shelters and rescue groups also host adoption events at the market.

 
Ruff House
248 W. 990 N. Orem, Salt Lake City, UT 84057
(801) 765-7777
http://www.utahruffhouse.com/

If you’re in town and in need of a doggie daycare facility, I can’t recommend Ruff House enough! Their indoor/outdoor free-play setup allows dogs to run, play, and socialize all day long. Your pooch can even snag a mid-afternoon nap on one of the many “dog cots” and couches. The friendly staff members are on hand to offer cuddles and endless games of fetch. They also offer boarding for overnight guests—this is where you’ll find Wrigley when we’re unable to take him with us! At the end of the day, consider treating your dog to one of their spa and bathing options or pick out a special something from their selection of holistic dog treats and food!

 
Strut Your Mutt
Salt Lake City, UT
http://www.strutyourmutt.org/

This annual event takes place every May at Salt Lake City’s Veterans Memorial Park (and has since expanded to New York and Los Angeles). Started by Utah-based Best Friends Animal Society, Strut Your Mutt is a fundraising event for the No More Homeless Pets network; 100% of the funds go directly to rescue groups and shelters! Enjoy a leisurely one-mile stroll through the park with fellow dog-lovers, shelter advocates, and, of course, hundreds of dogs! When you’re done, head over to one of the many booths, enter a contest (“Best Trick” and “Dog Look-Alike” are popular), or enjoy flyball, agility, and coursing performances. There’s a lot to do and see at Strut Your Mutt!

 
The Green Ant
179 E. Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(801) 595-1818 
http://www.thegreenant.com/

Photo by Ron Green.

Hit up The Green Ant if you’ve got a shopping itch! While not specifically dog-themed (it’s the go-to spot for vintage Mid-Century Modern furniture and decor finds), the resident canine Hana is there to great you with a big, slobbery smile. You may even catch a glimpse of this friendly bulldog lounging in a cozy spot in the display window. Popping into this shop is always treat, so don’t miss it!

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Capree Kimball is a full-time design blogger who currently calls Utah home. You can catch her posting regularly all over the internet:

Portrait by Megan Stay.