A dog on a trail in the Park City area.

Bark City

06/07/2019 | by TheLocal | Local Area

When our small family moved to Park City in January of 2018, we found the best way to explore our new town was to let our dog lead the way. Bronson, our Chesapeake Bay Retriever, turned out to be the best guide we could ask for as he begged to go explore. In the first year, we visited many dog parks, but the following have become our favorite three.

Run-A-Muk Dog Park


When we first moved to Park City, we lived in a condo adjacent to Run-A-Muk dog park, so this made it far too easy to get out and explore our new neighborhood. Less a park and more a trail system, there are small loops and large loops that criss-cross this 43 acres of off-leash dog heaven. In the spring, and with heavy rain, a small stream provides drinking water for your pup at various times of the year. However, if you choose to go in peak summer, I would bring some water for you and your dog if you plan to be out for a while.


Round Valley Open Space


The Round Valley Open Space is another great option for dog owners to explore. Although not designated a “dog park,” this off-leash space is multi-purpose and allows for cross country skiing in the winter and mountain biking all summer and fall, all with your pup by your side. There is even a small dog pond where your dog can cool off on a warmer day.


A dog on a mountain side.
Banksy, one of our many office dogs at Cooper’s, explores a mountainside.

Jordanelle State Park – Ross Creek Entrance


This last recommendation comes out of pure convenience for me, but I have learned to love it and I think you will too. We moved to a home right across the street from the Ross Creek entrance to the Jordnalle State Park a year ago and, if your dog loves water the way ours does, this area is a slam dunk. The fee to enter is $10 or you can get an annual pass for $75. You can hike a series of trails down to the reservoir or drive straight down to the water and let the pups swim. Because this area is a state park, they require dogs to be on leash on the trails but once you hit the water, it’s fair game to let the dog swim.

–  Dusty Seitz

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