Pet-Friendly Activities in Salt Lake City, Utah

If you enjoy walking in parks, exploring trails, or enjoying a drink on a sunny restaurant patio, pet-friendly Salt Lake City is an ideal vacation destination. There are so many things your best friend can enjoy with you!

Man walking a Shar-pei and German Shepherd at a pet-friendly park in Salt Lake City, UT


There are a bunch of Pet-Friendly Hotels in Salt Lake City to meet all desires and all budgets. Or you can do what we did… check in the Motorhome area it’s within walking distance of the city center. It was the perfect starting point to experience all that Salt Lake City has to offer.

Exploring Pet-Friendly Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City was founded on July 24, 1847, by a group of Mormon pioneers. Mormons came to the valley looking for a place to practice their religion, safe from hostile crowds and persecution. A few days after their arrival, they had drawn up plans for Great Salt Lake City, named after the salt lake that dominates the desert to the west.

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Early morning view of the Salt Lake City, Utah skyline

From the center of the city, the blocks were arranged outward in a grid pattern of 10-acre squares. The plots were separated by streets 132 feet wide, “wide enough for a team of four oxen and a covered wagon to turn around.” Today, these streets give the city a feeling of space and lightness.

Temple Square

Temple Square, one of Utah’s most popular tourist destinations, is located in the heart of the state capital. This 10-acre complex is home to the temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Although pets are not allowed on the grounds, the impressive temple can be easily viewed from sidewalks or through gates from the temple’s north, south, or west roads.

Ty and Buster at Temple Square - Salt Lake City, UT


A plethora of pet-friendly parks

From Temple Square, head in any direction and you’re bound to find a pet-friendly park. Salt Lake is one of the greenest cities we have ever visited!

Pioneer Park is a few blocks southwest of Temple Square and is home to the Saturday Farmers Market. A tree-lined promenade is the highlight of Liberty Park. And Brigham Young Historical Park honors a religious leader and pioneer settler of the Western United States. Let your puppy follow his nose and see which playpen he chooses!

Salt Lake City, UT
Salt Lake City, UT
Salt Lake City, UT
Salt Lake City, UT


Utah State Capitol Building

From Temple Square, you can easily walk to the Utah State Capitol building. It was built between 1912 and 1916 from local granite and is crowned with a dome clad in Utah copper.

Even if architecture isn’t your thing, it’s a pretty spectacular building. And the hilltop location offers great views of the city. Follow the oval-shaped walking path around the entire complex. There are several sculptures and memorials to see, as well as a fantastic fountain just north of the building. Visit in spring and you’ll find the driveway lined with cherry blossoms!

State Capitol Building in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States.  Beautiful view in the sun from a high building.  Magnificent historic state government building.
The lawn of Utah's state capitol is covered in a blanket of snow and surrounded by cherry trees.


Memory Grove and City Creek Canyon

Cross the street east of the Capitol and you will see City Creek Canyon. Follow the path down the steep canyon wall and into the park below.

It’s one of the city’s most popular parks – and for good reason! With memorials dedicated to Utah veterans, a replica Liberty Bell, and trails through the botanical garden, there’s something for everyone. At the back of the park you will find the off-leash Freedom Trail that runs along the creek where your dog can have fun.

From there, continue on the dirt road. The further you go, the quieter it gets. The Freedom Trail ends at Bonneville Boulevard. For a longer hike, put your pup back on leash and follow the street a little north to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail.

Salt Lake City, UT
Salt Lake City, UT
Salt Lake City, UT


The Bonneville coastal path

The Bonneville coastline is a gem and stretches for miles along the foothills of the town. Countless spurs and side trails provide endless opportunities for you and your leashed dog to explore, all with spectacular views of the city and mountains. Check the trail network map and choose one of many convenient starting points.

Salt Lake City, UT

Tanner Dog Park

I bet dog heaven looks a lot like Tanner Dog Park. Nestled at the mouth of Parley’s Canyon, the park has 13 acres of off-leash trails and another 10 acres of on-leash sections.

The small river that crosses the land offers two water points for dogs, one at each end of the trail. Remember to start the course with the dogs on a leash; When you reach the bottom of the hill at the first water point, dogs may lose their leashes.

It’s about a mile from the parking lot to the second watering hole, which is on the east end of the park.

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Shop at Gateway & City Creek Center

When it’s time for a little shopping spree, head to The Gateway. Spanning two blocks, this versatile outdoor complex features art, over 100 retailers and a wonderful selection of restaurants. Some stores even accept pets. Just make sure you ask first!

The Gateway is a great place for a bite to eat and some pet-friendly shopping. The main square has a paddling pool, stream and fountain where pups can cool off on hot days. And there are fire pits to cool you down on chilly evenings.

The Gateway - Salt Lake City, Utah

City Creek Center is another pet-friendly indoor/outdoor shopping center with over 100 stores and restaurants. Its retractable glass roof makes it a great option on rainy days. And the stream (filled with fish) that runs through the interior gives an outdoor ambiance.

A trash bag dispenser is located along the main thoroughfare. And most stores don’t mind your dog shopping with you!

Fountain at City Creek Center, an upscale outdoor shopping mall in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Pet-Friendly Dining in Salt Lake City

With so many pet-friendly activities in Salt Lake City, you’re sure to work up an appetite! Here’s a delicious truth: there are a few dozen pet friendly establishments in town which welcome dogs on the terrace. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Campfire lounge (837 E 2100 S) is a local favorite serving burgers, wings and brunch
  • Caputo market and delicatessen (1516 S 1500 E) is a casual Italian market/grocery store with great salads and sandwiches
  • Fisher Brewery (320W 800S) is a hub for craft beers and food truck dining
  • Café Roots (3474 S 2300 E, Millcreek) is an artsy cafe with a cute patio and great breakfast and lunch options
  • Squatter brewing (147 West Broadway) offers good food and craft beers on their fully shaded terrace
  • Taqueria 27 Downtown (149 E 200 S) offers excellent tacos and a wide variety of taquilas
  • Templin family brewery (936S 300W) is another option for great craft beers and a fun food truck scene
  • Zest Kitchen & Bar (275S 200W) is a great option for vegetarian and vegan meals. Their terrace is small, so make a reservation to ensure you get a table.
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Park City Dog-Friendly Day Trip

No trip to Salt Lake would be complete without a visit to Park City. This cool little ski town is just a 30 minute drive away and is always fun, any time of year!

Whether you’re a history buff, shopaholic, hiker, biker, or foodie, you’ll find something to please you in Park City. Pick up a historical walking tour guide in the visitors center as you walk up Main Street. You can learn some anecdotes by visiting the many shops, cafes and restaurants along the way.

Park City, UT
Park City, UT
Park City, UT

And don’t forget to take a photo with Franz the bear!

Ty and Franz - Salt Lake City, Utah


We had a great time with the boys exploring pet-friendly Salt Lake City and Park City. We hope our experience will encourage you to see it for yourself! If you know of any other pet-friendly gems in the area, be sure to share them in the comments below.

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Brindle dog in a red harness on a dog-friendly trail in Moab, UT, with red rocks and snow-capped mountains in the background

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