In a few words, I am an adventure junkie, a pizza enthusiast and I’ve never met a dog I didn’t like. I left the corporate world for a life of adventure and haven't looked back.

Not much to do during the day, but this is actually the site of the old Santa Margarita Fire Lookout Tower, so the view is incredible. You get the feeling you're in the middle of nowhere, but then you have military helicopters circling you during the day and see the city lights surrounding you once the sun sets.

This was a nice place to camp for the weekend. We stayed at the south campground and it was packed, but there are nearly 80 campsites, so we were able to find an open one. Unfortunately some people trash the sites and there was a lot of garbage everywhere. Heads up - you won't get Verizon or AT&T cell service.

We loved camping here! It was beautiful and a great place to kayak. We checked the weather beforehand and it was supposed to be clear skies, but we didn't take wind into account. We ended up having to leave the next day as winds got up to 40 mph, creating a sand storm. Moral of the story - check the wind forecast!

Fun And Dog-Friendly

We were happy to find a hike similar to Antelope Canyon that allowed dogs and didn't have a lottery. There is one huge drop/climb that we had to lift our 60-lb mutt up and down, but you can avoid this if you begin your hike at the Buckskin Gulch Trailhead rather than Wire Pass.

Can't Be Beat

The only negative thing I can say about this place is that the drive up Long Canyon Rd. (even in a lifted Ram 1500) is challenging, to say the least. If you don't feel like cheating death/damaging your vehicle, or if you don't have an SUV with 4-wheel drive, take 313 up the canyon, then turn left on Long Canyon Rd. It's worth it!

Fun, Dog-Friendly Hike

Loved this hike! Climbing up and down to get to the lookouts can be quite strenuous, but definitely worth it. The best part is -- unlike nearby Canyonlands and Arches -- this park is dog-friendly!

Great Workout, Even Better Views

You're not going to want to forget your camera for this beautiful hike. You'll also want to layer up and bring a backpack big enough to fit the layers as you start to sweat during the hike up the mountain. But once you get up to Emerald Lake, the wind can be pretty brutal and you'll want to bundle back up. Also bring plenty of water and snacks, and get there early to avoid the crowds.

A Sight To See

Don't forget your camera! The Trading Post Trail has awesome views. And although it's short, the changes in elevation can turn the hike into a decent workout if you keep a good pace.

Flat, Open Park

The park is well-kept and there were plenty of dogs for ours to play with. If you have a water dog, they'll love the river. The park is really flat and there aren't many trees for shade, but it would be a great place for a n easy run on a cool day.

Nice Park With Spectacular Views

While the trails aren't very long, between the uphill trek and playing with other dogs, our pups tired out pretty quickly. There's water for the dogs, but humans will need to bring their own.

Beautiful Sunset

Awesome dog-friendly beach. It was beautiful at sunset and we even got to see several dolphins.