Good Sam Honors Top 11 Pet-Friendly Parks
An estimated 60% of RVers bring their pets along with them on their travel adventures, according to recent studies. And when it comes to selecting a campground, these travelers seek out RV parks that offer a wide range of pet-friendly amenities, from dog runs to trails for dog walking to flexible rules that allow their particular breed of dog.
To help pet owners find the RV parks that open their arms to canines and other travel companions, the editors and consultants of the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory have compiled a list of the Top Pet Friendly Parks of 2013, according to www.woodalls.com. Featuring RV parks from across North America, the list is tailored for RV travelers seeking facilities that welcome pet owners with open arms.
“Dog owners appreciate when you provide facilities for their animals,” says Todd Denius, owner of Royal View at Royal Gorge Campground in Colorado. “For many people, pets are like their children.”
The Good Sam RV Travel Guide’s Top Pet Friendly Parks are:
- Good Life RV Resort, Mesa, Ariz.
- Sun Life RV Resort, Mesa, Ariz.
- Sunflower RV Resort, Surprise, Ariz.
- Circle RV Resort – Sunland, El Cajon, Calif.
- Rio Bend RV & Golf Resort, El Centro, Calif.
- Garden Of The Gods Campground, Colorado Springs, Colo.
- Royal View at Royal Gorge Campground, Canon City, Colo.
- Ocala Sun RV Resort, Ocala, Fla.
- Deer Creek Valley RV Park LlC, Topeka, Kan.
- Evergreen Park RV Resort, Mount Eaton, Ohio.
- Horn Rapids RV Resort, Richland, Wash.
Traveling With Fido
Travel blog Gradling.com reports that pet owners in the U.S. spend $47.4 billion on their pets this year. Among the pet owners who take their animals on the road, 78% bring their dogs, 15% travel with cats and the rest brings birds, reptiles or fish.
Many of the RV parks on the list set aside large areas where dogs can frolic after being cooped up in an RV for long periods of time. At Deer Creek Valley RV Park in Topeka, Kan., a fenced-in dog run enables canines to run around leash free.
The same goes for Royal View at Royal Gorge Campground, where a half-acre is set aside for pooches. “It lets dogs burn off some energy after a long day of traveling,” says owner Denius, who owns three dogs. The park also boasts three miles of trails suitable for dog walking, although a leash is required for dog walking on the trails.
Denius says that he requires pet owners to review the campground’s policy regarding pets before checking in. These include requirements to clean up after the animal and avoid leaving barking dogs inside vehicles for prolonged periods of time.
Garden Of The Gods Campground, Colorado Springs, Colo., allows up to three dogs per site but bans pit bulls, Rottweilers and Dobermans.
Pet experts say that although traveling with pets can be fun and rewarding, RVers should consider a number of factors. Travelers should make sure their rig is large enough to accommodate an animal, and the pets should have up-to-date tags with contact information. Owners should always make sure their pet has the necessary immunization shots.
Good Sam RV Travel Guide
In the listings found in the 2013 Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory, pet restrictions are indicated by breed (B), quantity (Q) or size (S). If pets are prohibited, “No Pets” will appear.
The directory combines two of the RV industry’s most popular and respected brands — the Trailer Life Directory and Woodall’s North American Campground Directory — into one comprehensive volume. The guide contains detailed information more than 14,000 RV parks across North America; each campground is personally inspected and rated by the Good Sam’s consultant teams.
The guide also includes lifestyle features, regional trip guides and essential travel facts. Readers can get vital tech tips, learn about must-see points of interest in all of North America’s states and provinces, follow a meal and fitness planner and get Road Ready with a special products section. Also included are guides to RV-related state laws and information needed for trouble-free trips into Canada and Mexico.
For more information about the 2013 Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory, click on www.goodsamcamping.com.