Twelve years of parenting has taught me that bringing the dog along is one of the best ways to get kids hiking. My friends and neighbors thought I was crazy to bring the dog on our last vacation, but Mesquite had an awesome time and provided the kids with motivation to keep moving.
My sweet eight year old puppy scaled rocks and hiked to the petrified forest at
Even back at the swanky Oasis RV park, she motivated us to walk several blocks to get the the Doggy Park which provided an hour of kid friendly entertainment as the kids happily through ball and bones for the Doggy Park visitors while Mequite hung out in the shade and enjoyed being petted.
The great thing about Nevada State Parks is that they let dogs on almost all the trails as long as they are on a leash. Because of this liberal policy Mesquite was able to join us for most of our adventures. Something to keep in mind when planning a dog and kid friendly trip.