I get asked about this quite a bit and I also see problems with it almost every time I go out camping in the forests as well as normal RV parks. Your canine companions traditionally have been welcome in most national forest campgrounds. The few rules that apply to dogs are meant to assure that you and other national forest visitors have an enjoyable outdoor recreation experience.
Good dogs (but not on leashes) - Photo by ThreadedThoughts
If you are camping with your pet, please practice the following rules:
Of course this post was inspired by my recent camping trip through some National Forests campgrounds in southern Colorado. First, I get out to check how level my site is when a big dog comes running towards me growling. I had to jump back in the drivers seat. Everybody's dog is great and so sweet…Yes to their owners. You never know about strangers.
This same camper was having a little party at her campsite so more people come with their dogs. Pretty soon they have illegally parked cars all over the place with several dogs running all over the campground. All of them run loose, shaking water all over us, scaring my daughter and messing up our dinner, while the owners sit and relax. I had to shout at the dogs to leave and go home. The owners never call them or pay attention.
Wandering dogs but not the ones I'm writing about here - Photo by David Hudson Floyd
I just had a little dog run loose into my campsite and make waste right by the fire pit. The owners were inside their RV with the little bear appetizer running all over the place. I was already backing up out of the campsite so I didn't go put it on the steps of the owners trailer like I should have.
What do you think about dogs in National Forests? Do you go camping with your dog? Do you have problems with others and their dogs?