Wyoming might not be the first state that comes to mind when you think of the beach, but with many beautiful mountain lakes and streams, it’s a wonderful place to bring your pet for a water-filled vacation. Plan on visiting the state from May through November for more pleasant temperatures, or choose the colder months to avoid crowds. When you stay at a pet-friendly Wyoming vacation rental, you’re never far from all the action. That said, check out the top dog-friendly beaches in Wyoming.

1. Morad Park

Head to Casper for some water fun on the Platte River with your pooch. The Morad Park Off-Leash Dog Area is located on the Platte River Parkway, a scenic 10-mile trail system perfect for exploring along with your pet. At the off-leash dog area, convenient river access makes it easy for your dog to swim and retrieve to his heart’s content. The dog area also features plenty of shady benches plus a picnic area perfect for lunch with your best buddy. Restroom facilities and plenty of trash cans for pet-waste disposal help keep everyone comfortable during long visits. If your dog just can’t get enough of the water, book a vacation rental in Casper, and spend some time at Lake McKenzie Dog Park too. This smaller, fenced-in off-leash dog park has a beautiful lake for your pet to swim in along with dog and people drinking fountains, and a clean-off station for to wash muddy paws when playtime is over. Both of these off-leash parks are open year round, but the best time to visit Casper for water play is in the warmer months of June through September.

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2. Beck Lake Bark Park

For a great vacation for you and your pet, head to Cody, and enjoy an authentic Old West experience along with plenty of fun lakeside adventures with your best buddy. For watery fun, stop in at the large, fully fenced beach area at Beck Lake Bark Park. The beach has benches for owners, but you’re likely to want to spend all your time playing with your pet at the edge of the water. This park also has a separate small-dog area to give your little guy a break, and another roomy fenced in field for playing fetch or simply letting your dog frolic with his new friends. This doggy beach does not have drinking water available for people, so be sure to pack in what you need, and the park’s closed from November through March. When you’re not at the park, take your dog for a stroll through downtown Cody to soak in its cowboy spirit. Many shops offer Western apparel and souvenirs, with sidewalk displays making it easy to shop with Fido by your side. In the evening head to the Irma hotel for outdoor reenactments of frontier life, and be sure to make the short drive to Old Trail Town for living history exhibits and a chance to see frontier cabins and covered wagons up close.

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3. Bitter Creek Bark Park

Make a splash with a visit to Bitter Creek Bark Park with your canine best friend. Full fencing helps keep your boisterous dog contained, and a wide area of the grassy beach makes wading into the water easy for both of you. Take a stroll along the meandering walking path, enjoying the mountain views, and then relax in the shade of the provided pavilion, while your pet plays with the other dogs who frequent the park. Parking is right outside the fenced-in area, and the park also has drinking water and restroom facilities available. For a fantastic lunch, take your dog for a walk to Boschetto’s European Market. Outdoor tables are dog-friendly, and the house specialty, Kronski’s sausage, is a delight for the taste buds. For a long vacation, book a vacation home in Rock Springs, and spend some time viewing wild horses on the butte, driving the Uintas National Scenic Byway, and hiking Flaming Gorge together.

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4. Guernsey State Park

Nestled in the mountains on the Guernsey Reservoir, Guernsey State Park is the perfect place for you and your pet to cool off on a Wyoming summer vacation. With over 10 miles of looped trails, there’s nearly always somewhere new to explore, and the reservoir offers plenty of nice places for your pet to get in the water and play. Picnic areas with tables and grills, drinking fountains, and convenient restroom facilities make this park a great place for the whole family to play. Be sure to keep your pet away from all designated human swimming areas and on a leash while wandering the trails. Guernsey State Park is open all year, but the swimming season tends to run from May through September, and some amenities may not be available outside of those times. Extend the fun with a vacation rental in nearby Guernsey, Hartville, or Wendover. The Stampede Saloon and Eatery in Guernsey offers dog-friendly seating on its patio. Hartville’s claim to fame is Miner’s and Stockman’s Steakhouse and Spirits, the oldest bar and restaurant in the state.

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5. Cache Creek

Plan a Jackson vacation, and take your dog to the Cache Creek trail for watery good times and adventure. Feel free to walk your voice-controlled dog off leash during the warmer months. From December 1 to April 30, leashes are required to protect vulnerable plants and animals during the cold winter. Feel free to wade alongside your dog as he splashes in the slow-moving stream, or take a jog together over the winding trail. For an extra-special souvenir, take your pet along to Jackson Hole’s Old Time Photos for a photo shoot featuring backgrounds and props from the Old West. Call ahead to make an appointment, and the photographer’s sure to have plenty of dog biscuits and toys to help your pet feel comfortable for a great shoot.

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