Utah is home to five national parks, but when it comes to dog-friendly campgrounds, you might want to try elsewhere. Technically, dogs are allowed in Utah's national parks, but there are pretty serious restrictions in place. Most hiking trails are off-limits, and so are many of the national park campgrounds. When it comes down to it, exploring Utah's national parks is something best done without your pup.
These rules are in place for the safety of the environment, the local wildlife, and your dog, but that doesn't make it easier to look into those puppy dog eyes and say Sorry, you can't come.
The good news is that you don't have to leave them behind to go camping in Utah. Pets are allowed in over 40 of Utah's state parks, provided you keep them on a leash that's no more than six feet long. For the most part, dogs are also allowed to hike on public land in Utah, as long as they stay under your control.