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6 Pet-Friendly Trails with the Snake River Animal Shelter

Published online: Apr 08, 2024 East Idaho Outdoors, Pets
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Photo taken by Susan Brudd

Whether you're a local looking for a new adventure or a visitor seeking pet-friendly escapades, Idaho Falls has a plethora of trails to explore with your beloved pets.

1. River Walk:

One of the most popular pet-friendly trails in Idaho Falls is the River  Walk. This scenic trail stretches along the Snake River, offering breathtaking views  of cascading waterfalls and lush greenery. Dogs are welcome on leashes, allowing  them to trot alongside you as you meander along the river and under canopies of  mature trees. With multiple access points and varying lengths (up to a five-mile  loop), the River Walk caters to all fitness levels. 

2. Freeman Park Trails:

Located just minutes from downtown Idaho Falls, Freeman  Park offers a network of pet-friendly trails amidst a tranquil natural setting. Take  your canine companion on a stroll or run through forested trails, or right along  the sandy shores of the Snake River.  

3. Tautphaus Park Trails:

Situated in the heart of Idaho Falls, Tautphaus Park is a  haven for outdoor recreation enthusiasts. With amenities such as picnic areas,  and playgrounds, Tautphaus Park is the perfect destination for a day of fun in the  sun with your four-legged companion. 

4. Ririe Reservoir Trails:

 Just a short drive from Idaho Falls lies Ririe Reservoir, a  scenic destination offering pet-friendly trails amidst breathtaking mountain vistas.  Whether you're hiking, biking, or simply enjoying a leisurely stroll, the trails  surrounding Ririe Reservoir promise unparalleled beauty and serenity. It’s easy to  find the right place to take a furry friend at this 1,500 acre reservoir with 32 miles  of shoreline, plus it’s a great location if you’d like to take your pup camping or  boating (but don’t forget their doggy life jacket).  

5. Cress Creek Trails:

Situated along the South Fork of the Snake River, this 1¼- mile hike is the perfect place for beginners who want to take their dog for  leashed walk somewhere outside of the cityscape. Ascending through sagebrush  and grassy landscapes, the trail winds its way past juniper-clad slopes before  culminating at a quaint creek. Along the paved path, numerous stations offer insightful details about wildflowers, animal tracks and droppings, as well as  various tree species. 

6. Lower Palisades Trails:

Explore this popular 9.9-mile out-and-back trail close to Irwin, Idaho. This trail is not for beginners. It is moderately challenging and takes about four hours to complete it. The optimal months for visiting are March to November. Dogs are permitted but must be leashed.

The greater Idaho Falls area is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts seeking pet-friendly  adventures. With its diverse array of trails and natural attractions, there's no shortage of  opportunities to explore the great outdoors with your beloved pets by your side. Most cities do require your pet to be leashed, so please respect local laws to keep you and  your pet safe. Ready to go? Grab your leash, pack some treats, and embark on a  memorable journey through local trails with man’s best friend. 


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