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Dog Friendly Camping Sites along Route 66

Route 66 – the historic highway that inspired an iconic song and a hit television series. To many Americans, this highway is more than just a long stretch of road, it's a valuable piece of American history. A trip through Route 66 isn't complete without staying a night or two at one of the many campgrounds that line the scenic and historic highway. This one-of-a-kind camping adventure is best done with the whole family – and that includes man's best friend.

Travelling through this historic highway on an RV has become very popular over the years, hence the many RV parks and campgrounds you'll see along the way; however, if you're a fan of the great outdoors and prefer camping the old fashioned way, there are a lot of campgrounds that offer a place for you to pitch your tent. While many campgrounds along Route 66 have strict policies against pets of any kind, there are quite a number of campsites that allow you to bring your furry friends inside the premises. Here are just some of the dog-friendly campgrounds you can visit.

KOA Campgrounds

Location: Everywhere

Riding about with man's best friend

Just like it says in their website, they're everywhere. KOA has over 450 campgrounds scattered all over the United States and Canada with more than 20 of them located just several miles away from Route 66 – three of which can be found directly along the highway. All KOA campgrounds are dog friendly. Some KOA locations even have doggie playgrounds in the premises; however some locations may have a limit to the number of dogs you can bring with you inside the campgrounds. Make sure you give the KOA location a call first before you reserve a slot in their tent camping area.

Woody Mountain Campground & RV Park

Location: Flagstaff, AZ

Flagstaff camping with the dogs ©Daniel Greene on Flickr

For just $20 a day (and an additional $2.50 per person in excess of 2 people), you can take your pooch along with you on a camping trip near the Grand Canyon and a number of other great attractions at the Woody Mountain Campground and RV Park. This family-owned campground is a great base-site if you want to see everything Northern Arizona has to offer. The only downside is that the site only allows a maximum of 2 pets per cabin/RV/tent, so if you have 3 or more dogs, you may have to rent more than one camping space or find another place to camp altogether.

Rancheros de Santa Fe Campgrounds

Location: Santa Fe, NM

On entrance to Rancheros de Santa Fe

Considered as Santa Fe, NM's most scenic campgrounds, the Rancheros de Santa Fe Campgrounds offers more than just a place to pitch a tent for the night. Tent campers can enjoy the tranquil ambience that the secluded tent sites offer, while having everything you need nearby. Your dogs will also surely enjoy your stay at Rancheros de Santa Fe with its enclosed dog run and pet-friendly policies.

Coronado Campground

Location: Bernalillo, NM

With its breathtaking view, the Coronado Campground is a must-see if you're driving along Route 66 in Bernalillo, NM. Tent campers stay in the North Area of the campgrounds and are allowed to bring their pets with them, provided they have current vaccinations, licenses, and tags. They should also be kept on a leash at all times and must stay in the campsite during “quiet hours”.

Bringing your pets along with you on your camping trip is a great way to escape the hassle and cost of hiring a dog sitter while you explore the great outdoors with your family. It's also an excellent opportunity to bond with your pets. Although there are a lot of campsites and campgrounds that have lenient policies on pets in their premises, one must remember that there are other campers in the area, and so common courtesy should always be followed.

Pin Oak Creek RV Park

Location: Villa Ridge, MO

If you're driving through the stretch of Route 66 located in Villa Ridge, MO, a great place to set up camp for the night is at the Pin Oak Creek RV Park. Each family is allowed a maximum of 2 tents per campsite and since they are a member of your family, your dogs can come, too. The site also offers a lot of great amenities and there are so many things you can do within the park grounds that you don't have to leave the premises just to find something to do. Unfortunately, pets are not allowed in any of the buildings, cabins, or bodies of water (pool and fishing lake). If you want to make the most out of your camping trip, make sure you have someone designated to keep your pets company in the park area or camp site.

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