I had done my research for our trip to Prescott on hiking, packed my National Park pass and we were ready to go. We took the Thumb Butte trail, and there are two ways to go up, counterclockwise or clockwise. We went up clockwise (the...More
National forest guidelines require that dogs be on a six-foot leash at all times when in developed recreation areas and on interpretive trails. There are no leash requirements in the general forest areas. Even though you’re... More
National forest guidelines require that dogs be on a six-foot leash at all times when in developed recreation areas and on interpretive trails. There are no leash requirements in the general forest areas. Even though you’re far away from sidewalks and city streets, there will still be times when you need to keep your dog on a leash. This is especially important when you’re close to other campers who may not be dog lovers, or when you’re in an area where your dog could wander off a path and encounter wildlife. Update all vaccinations and provide flea and tick control for your pet. Also, make sure your dog has his identification tags on (or is microchipped) in case he gets lost. You should also bring along a recent photo should you need to show other campers or a ranger if your dog goes missing. Be very cautious in areas with cliffs, gulches, canyons, caves, big rocks, etc. Many dogs have no concept of heights, and they can slip under railings. Keep your dog close to you. Bring a short, sturdy leash for hiking. If you’re hiking in terrain with cliffs, canyons, big rocks or other challenging conditions, it may be safest to attach the leash to a sturdy harness instead of a neck collar. Do I have to pick up dog waste? Of course. Most federal, state and county litter laws require it. Dog waste can spread disease to wild animals and it can contaminate water. Picking up dog waste is also just common courtesy to the campers, picnickers or the hikers.