Dog Days of Summer 2021

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Our Wasatch Back community passionately loves dogs, and there is little doubt that they enjoy our local trails, parks and outdoor recreation opportunities as much as we do! As the Dog Days of Summer wind down and cooler weather signals the approach of Fall, the canine community rejoices with the change of seasons. The pavement is no longer scorching hot, yet the reservoirs are still perfect for an afternoon dip.
This newsletter covers everything dogs in the Greater Park City area, from parks and swimming holes to dog-friendly patios and grooming services. You'll find great information on how and where to have fun with your pup the remainder of summer and into the fall!

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Park City Pack Walks is an on-leash dog walking group that meets every other Sunday at various locations in and around the Park City area. This is a non­-judgmental, owner-­helping­-owner group that understands the value of pack walks! Great care is taken to make sure the walks are comfortable and positive, with extra encouragement for those pups that are a “work in progress”. All breeds/all sizes are welcome to join! Read more here.

August 21  |  Deer Valley

Dog Friendly SLC has partnered with Park City SUP to host a dog friendly standup paddle board class! Join on Saturday, August 21st at 9am at Deer Valley Resort to learn to SUP with your pup! Learn more here.


Sept 3-6  |  Soldier Hollow  |  Midway

Ever wonder what your dogs might be capable of, if only they had a little more training? Head out to Soldier Hollow during Labor Day Weekend to watch the world’s top sheepdogs and handlers. Viewing these sheep dogs at work will take your breath away!  Learn more here.

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Don't forget to make some extra time to appreciate your canine companions during the upcoming dates.

National Dog Day
August 26

National Dog Week
September 20-27

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Dog owners know that their furry friends offer unparalleled companionship. A growing body of research shows they also do much more. Harvard Medical School has published a Special Health Report, Get Healthy, Get a Dog: The health benefits of canine companionship. The report shows how having a dog can reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness, help calm jagged nerves, and improve the lives of older individuals. Just petting a dog can lower a person's blood pressure and heart rate (while having a positive effect on the dog as well). 


Perhaps one of the greatest psychological benefits of interacting with a dog is the opportunity it provides to be more mindful—to purposely focus your attention on the present moment. Mindfulness has garnered tremendous interest over the past decade because of research indicating the practice reduces stress and enhances health.


People aren’t the only ones who stand to gain from their relationships with dogs. The dogs do too. Research conducted with shelter animals, which tend to be anxious because of their social isolation and unfamiliar surroundings, show that human contact lowers their stress level, helping to calm them and make them more adoptable. A study of 100-plus adult dogs housed at a Colorado shelter showed that dogs that interacted with humans soon after their arrival at the shelter were found to have lower levels of cortisol, a stress hormone.


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.


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. 435.640.5334

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.  DoginHaus now offers pet grooming, ask for Ian. Tee J's Custom Mutt Cuts offers affordable grooming and pet sitting services in Heber. Grooming by Tracy also offers grooming services in Heber - contact Tracy at 385.321.0515.
It's no surprise that we'd have a wonderful selection of compassionate vets in a dog loving community like ours, all of whom are dedicated to providing loving care to your pups. In the Park City area, White Pine Veterinary Clinic is the most established vet in town, and once was the only vet! Dr. Prior at Park City Animal Clinic is well loved for his "always open" business model and for all the charitable work he does with the rescue dogs from Nuzzles & Co. 
Powder Paws might have the easiest name to remember amongst the skiers, and they are a highly regarded full-service, all female veterinarian office known for their rehabilitation services, which includes an underwater treadmill, agility and laser treatments. They also offer acupuncture and chiropractic services. Silver Creek Animal Clinic offers canine and equine services in addition to other veterinarian needs.  For those seeking alternative care opportunities, there's the highly regarded Park City Holistic Vet. New to town is Bark City Vet, which just moved into the former Bill White Farms complex on Hwy. 224. They are a full service surgical center offering extensive training opportunities for the veterinary community.  

In the Heber Valley, two of the most popular vets are the Wasatch Animal Clinic and Arcadia Veterinary Clinic, the latter of which also offers equine and livestock care. 

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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. Look for our Saturday ads!

We also love
Paws for Life, a NKUT coalition partner and animal rescue organization. 

Wasatch Backcountry Rescue (WBR) is a local nonprofit with the purpose of rapid response for avalanche rescue, winter related mountain rescue, and medical evacuation incidents using trained professionals and search and rescue dogs. Their dog school trains and certifies professional rescue dogs all around the Wasatch to keep us safe in the mountains. Donate to them today!
Although it is further afield, if you are ever in southern Utah, don't miss the opportunity to visit one of the most incredible animal sanctuaries you will ever find, the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. This massive sanctuary located outside Kanab is home to over 1,600 dogs, cats, birds, bunnies, horses and more. Truly incredible, and set in a beautiful location. Consider making a donation or volunteering some time at this one of a kind wonderland.

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Located in the Park City Chamber Visitor Center in Kimball Junction, Hugo Coffee Shop is a very dog-friendly spot with the mission to "save dogs by roasting and selling fantastic, fair-trade, organic coffee." Business owner Claudia McMullin is a passionate dog lover and supporter of local rescue organizations. Hugo has helped place over 500 dogs in loving homes, and contributed tens of thousands of dollars to pet-oriented charitable organizations!


Silver Star Cafe, at the base of Park City Resort, offers one of the most expansive, scenic and dog-friendly patios in town, ideal for meeting up for lunch before or after a hike on the nearby Armstrong or Dawns Trails. The Café offers an intimate, upscale rustic vibe with award-winning Roots Cuisine. Dogs are welcome on the patio, and water bowls are provided!


If you and fido find yourselves at the top of Main Street, there is no better spot for you to grab a tasty burger, pizza, or salad. And don't forget to top it off with one of their award-winning brews. Wasatch is one of Utah's oldest microbrewers, taking pride in "misbehaving since 1986". The large outdoor patio is pet-friendly and offers a great spot to take in the action on Main St.


A local favorite, the Mercantile offers New American and pub fare in a beautifully restored historic building in the heart of Midway. They are open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, with a lovely outdoor patio that is pet-friendly.

Located a little off the beaten path, and only open on a limited basis by reservation (due to COVID), the Woodland Biscuit Company is worth the effort! These are some of the best biscuits you will find anywhere, and the outdoor tables are pet friendly. Make sure to check their website for the latest hours and to make your reservation.


Sushi Blue, a member of the Bill White Restaurant group, is located on the southeast side of the Redstone shopping area. They offer a variety of unique menu selections from fresh sushi to Kobe Beef Hot Dogs and Korean Street Tacos. Dogs are welcome on the patio.


Located at the opposite end of Park City from the Wasatch Brewery, this is another great spot to enjoy an award winning local brew and meal in a canine-friendly atmosphere. The menu offers a good variety of fare, from burgers and sandwiches to jambalaya and meatloaf. They have a nice, shaded deck where dogs are welcome! 


The Eating Establishment has been a beloved diner to three generations of locals and visitors to Park City. Under new ownership since 2017, the menu preserves the original spirit of a ‘breakfast all day’ restaurant while adding a few new comfort food elements to round out the day (and night). Dogs are welcome at outdoor tables along the sidewalk patio. 


This Heber cafe is a fun, casual spot to grab lunch or dinner, with a focus on from-scratch, fresh food with a "spin". The menu ranges from burgers and bowls, to pasta and steak. And don't forget to save room for their gelato! Dogs are welcome in their outdoor patio.
A good resource for finding pet friendly restaurants, hotels & more:

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Trailside Park (5715 Trailside Drive) includes a park area specific to small dogs as well as 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.
Willow Creek Park (4460 Split Rail Lane) is an enclosed 2.4-acre fenced area with 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.
Library Park  (1255 Park Ave and 13th St.) This big, open field on the north side of the Park City Library and Jim Santy Auditorium is a neighborhood gem that is perfect for dogs who love to fetch. Throughout the day, you'll find dogs of all breeds chasing sticks and balls or chilling in the shade while their owners visit with other humans. 

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 1,500 acre playground boasting 30 miles of trails best accessed at Quinn's Junction trailhead (84098 Gilmor Way) offering both on and off-leash areas. There is also decent parking on the Park Meadows' side off the northern tip of Meadows Drive, and a small parking area at the Old Ranch Road access point 1/4 mile north of the 4600 intersection. Please consult the large maps at the trail heads.  

The Woods at Parley's Lane (4275 Sunrise Drive) is the area's newest addition of off-leash parks. It is a smaller park with plenty of room for your dog to play off leash. 

Heber City Dog Park (254 W 650 N, Heber City) is located on the north end of Heber, and provides a grassy, fully fenced area with a small bench with shade, clean-up bags, and a trash can.

Midway Town Dog Park is located at the base of the Valais and Interlaken communities off Burgi Lane, offering a large fenced play space.

Dog-Friendly Swimming Locations
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 Woodward Resort. It’s right off the paved trail near the roundabout, with very limited parking so it is usually 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 or kayak/SUP. In the Heber Valley, there are multiple access points with parking to walk along the Provo River with nice little eddies for your pups to enjoy.  Finally, the Uinta Mountains are FULL of lakes, and dogs are allowed at all of them! 

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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!

Want to stick close to town but get out in nature with your pooch? One of our favorites is Iron Mountain. The hike will take you to an overlook with view of Park City and the resort - a hefty climb but worth it! Another favorite is McLeod Creek Trail - 2 miles starting at Willow Creek Park. This is an easy hike with McLeod Creek intersecting the trail and providing some water relief and swimming fun for your pooches! Finally, give Rob's Trail a go. It's 4 miles that gradually ascend alpine terrain with aspens and pines all around. Although the hike is moderately to fully shaded, there are no water sources.

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. 

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, so please practice good etiquette and give a wide berth!
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.

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. There are also new trails as part of the South Summit trail system in Oakley.

With millions of acres and abundant trails, the Uinta Mountains are perfect for longer hikes with plentiful swimming opportunities and incredible vistas. 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. 

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