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Dog-Friendly National Parks: All 50 States And Their Pet Policies

Wheeler Peak in Great Basin National Park, Baker, Nevada

National Parks and hikers go together like peanut butter and jelly. Like macaroni and cheese. Like a breathtaking summit and the clink of a summit beer. Alright, you get the point – hikers love going to National Parks!

Something else that many hikers enjoy is taking their canine companions with them on all their adventurous escapades.

So, which National Parks are dog-friendly? This article will guide you through all the dog-friendly National Parks in all 50 states, so you know which ones you can bring your pup along.

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1. Alabama National Parks

There are no National Parks in Alabama

2. Alaska National Parks

Alaska is home to 8 National Parks spanning millions of acres of untouched wilderness. Alaska parks are unique in that many do not have trails that traverse the entire park, and some do not have trails at all. This is to preserve the land and the fragile ecosystem.

Another obstacle to some of the parks in Alaska is that there are no roads to get to the park, so you must take a plane or boat to get there, which can be difficult with a pet. Proper research and preparation can help you have a seamless trip to the dog-friendly National Parks in Alaska!

Denali

A beautiful view of Denali National Park in Alaska which is a dog-friendly National Parks

Denali National Park is located in south-central Alaska and encompasses 6 million acres, making it one of the largest National Parks in the United States (but not quite number one!).

Denali is somewhat pet friendly, with two trails allowing dogs.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: Park road, in parking lots, on campground roads.
  • Trails that allow pets:
    • Roadside Hiking Trail
    • Roadside Bike Path
  • Other pet considerations: No pets on Denali buses. Pet goats are temporarily restricted.
  • Closest pet supply store: Anchorage (4 hours south)
  • Denali Trail Map

Gates Of The Arctic

One of the most remote National Parks in the country is the Gates Of The Arctic. Named for two peaks, Frigid Crags and Boreal Peak, that stand guard as the ‘gates’ separating the far north range of the Rocky Mountains and the north Arctic wilds.

Gates Of The Arctic is very pet friendly, with dogs being allowed in all parts of the park. However, be aware that there are no established trails in the park, and the ecosystem is fragile. Be respectful, keep your dog leashed, and pick up your dog’s waste. Let’s keep Alaska beautiful!

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: All parts
  • Trails that allow pets: No trails exist in the park
  • Other pet considerations: Pets cannot be left unattended (except for sled dogs). Abundant wildlife exists in the parks
  • Closest pet supply store: Fairbanks
  • Gates of the Arctic Trail Map

There are no roads leading to the park. To get there, you must either hike or fly into the park. You can read about how to get to the park from the National Park website here.

Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska.

Glacier Bay is yet another tract of breathtaking wilderness in the stunning beauty of Alaska. Located in the southeastern corner of the state, Glacier Bay is home to deep glacial fjords and towering mountain peaks.

Like the Gates of the Arctic, there is no road leading into Glacier Bay. You can get there by plane or boat, so if you plan to bring your pet, plan accordingly to find a pet-friendly transportation service.

Glacier Bay is not very pet-friendly, so it may be better to go to one of the other wonderful parks in this beautiful state.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Specific areas only
  • Areas where pets can be walked:
    • Bartlett Cove public-use dock
    • Beach area between Barlett Cove & National Park Service Administrative Dock
    • Within 100 feet of Bartlett Cove Developed Area park roads or parking areas (unless posted otherwise).
    • On a vessel on the water
  • Trails that allow pets: None. Medical service animal exceptions. No therapy animals are allowed.
  • Other pet considerations: Pets cannot be left unattended. Abundant wildlife can cause conflicts.
  • Closest pet supply store: Juneau
  • Glacier Bay Park Map

Katmai

View of bears at Katmai National Park in Alaska.

As with many other parks in Alaska, Katmai can only be accessed by boat or plane. If you decide to bring your dog here, plan with pet-friendly transportation services in advance.

Katmai is located in the northern section of Alaska’s peninsula. Across the Shelikof Strait to the east is the famous Kodiak Island. However, you can see plenty of brown bears in Katmai. Katmai is pretty pet-friendly as long as you keep your pups away from the Brooks Camp.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: All areas except the Brooks Camp Developed Area (Restrictions are from May 1 to October 31).
  • Trails that allow pets: None. The only hiking trails are located at Brooks Camp, where dogs are not allowed (From May 1 to October 31). Outside of restricted times, dogs are allowed on all trails.
  • Other pet considerations: Pets cannot be left unattended. An abundant population of brown bears can make hiking with dogs dangerous.
  • Closest pet supply store: Happy Tails in Dillingham.
  • Katmai National Park Map

Kenai Fjords

Aialik Glacier on Aialik Bay in Kenai Fjords National Park near Seward, Alaska AK, USA.

South of Anchorage is the Kenai Fjords National Park. This oceanic wonderland is dominated by glaciers, with 51% of the park being covered by the Harding Icefield.

In terms of pet-friendliness, Kenai Fjords is not very pet-friendly. There are some areas where pets are allowed, but not many.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: On the road to Exit Glacier and in the parking lot of the Exit Glacier Nature Center.
  • Trails that allow pets: None. Service animals are allowed, but not therapy animals.
  • Other pet considerations: Pets must be on a leash at all times. In the backcountry, pets are not allowed along the coast from the mean high tide line to 1/4-mile inland from May 30 to November 1.
  • Closest pet supply store: Homer Animal Friends in Homer or The Pet Fort in Soldotna
  • Kenai Fjords Map

Kobuk Valley

The varied terrain in Alaska is a marvel. From the wild wilderness of the Gates Of The Arctic to the coastal vibes of the Fjords to the mountain peaks of Denali and the volcanoes of Katmai.

At Kobuk Valley, the main theme is sand dunes and Caribou migrations. No roads lead to the park, so it must be accessed by plane. There is no official pet policy at Kobuk Valley National Park. It is located in the Arctic Circle, so use extreme caution if bringing your dog here.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: All areas open to pets
  • Trails that allow pets: No trails exist in the park
  • Other pet considerations: Pets must be on a leash at all times. This is an extremely remote area, so hike with your dogs with extreme caution.
  • Closest pet supply store: Fairbanks
  • Kobuk NP Map

Because of its remote location, it may be beneficial to bring along an emergency kit in case you run into trouble with your pup. We have an excellent guide to building a dog first-aid kit.

Lake Clark

View of the Cook Inlet - Alaska in the background of Mount Iliamna

Located on the western side of the Cook Inlet, Lake Clark is a wilderness filled with steaming volcanoes, abundant wildlife, and peaceful forests. You must travel by boat or plane to reach Lake Clark.

Lake Clark allows pets in all areas of the park. However, the National Park Service (NPS) strongly encourages you to leave your dog at home while you travel to the park to protect wildlife and the natural ecosystem.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: Pets can be walked in all areas unless otherwise posted.
  • Trails that allow pets: All trails
  • Other pet considerations: Pets must be on a leash. Wolves, moose, and bears can cause conflicts with dogs.
  • Closest pet supply store: Anchorage
  • Lake Clark Map

Wrangell – St Elias

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska.

At 13.2 million acres, Wrangell St Elias is the largest National Park in the United States. It’s located about 250 miles east of Anchorage in Alaska’s southeast corner. In terms of pet friendliness, Wrangell St Elias is very pet-friendly.

The contrasting land is remarkable, with an elevation range from sea level at the Gulf to over 18,000 feet at the peak of Mt St Elias. Glaciers, mountain peaks, and an active volcano also dot the park. This park can be reached by car, but be sure to fill up before entering the park.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: Everywhere in the park
  • Trails that allow pets: All trails allow pets unless otherwise posted.
  • Other pet considerations: Trapping is popular in the area, so keep pets contained on a short leash to avoid injuries.
  • Closest pet supply store: Pet Projects Unlimited in Cordova
  • Wrangell St Elias Map

If you decide to take your pup to Wrangell St Elias in the winter, check out our tips for hiking with dogs in winter.

3. Arizona National Parks

Arizona is home to three National Parks. The desert landscape, huge Saguaro cacti, and towering vistas make for some of the most stunning hiking in the country.

All three National Parks are dog-friendly, but access for dogs is limited at some. The Petrified Forest National Park is the most dog-friendly, with pets allowed on all trails and in all areas of the park.

Grand Canyon

National parks USA southwest grand canyon labyrinth of rock cliffs, terraces, chasms and ravine drilled by Colorado River

The Grand Canyon is one of the most revered National Parks in the United States. It’s one of the seven natural wonders of the world and just waiting to be explored with your four-legged friend!

Grand Canyon National Park is fairly pet-friendly. The hot, dry climate requires special preparation for hikes with your dog. Bring plenty of water, paw protection, and sun protection.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked:
    • South Rim: Pets can walk anywhere above the South Canyon Rim, Mather Campground, Desert View Campground, Trailer Village, and throughout developed areas.
    • North Rim: Pets are only allowed on the Bridle Trail that connects the North Kaibab Trail to the park entrance station.
  • Trails that allow pets: All trails above the rim.
  • Other pet considerations: Yavapai Lodge has pet-friendly rooms. The South Rim has a kennel for dogs if you want to explore the trails below the rim. Cactuses can easily prick the paws, body, and face of your dog. Take caution when allowing them to explore in the brush.
  • Closest pet supply store: Petco in Kingman
  • North Rim and South Rim Trail Map.

When hiking in the desert, carrying a dog-rescue sling is a good idea. Cactuses, rattlesnakes, and heat can all get to your dog. We have a fantastic article on the best dog rescue slings.

Petrified Forest

Moon over Painted Desert in Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

The Petrified Forest is located about 110 miles east of Flagstaff. This unique park is well known for its fossils, especially those of petrified wood. It’s also dotted with colorful badlands that are an unreal site.

The Petrified Forest is one of the most pet-friendly National Parks. With a B.A.R.K. tag, your pet can travel on all trails and in the backcountry. B.A.R.K. stands for Bag your pet’s poop, Always keep your pet on a leash, Respect wildlife, Know where you can go.

BARK tags are available at park entrance booths and visitor centers in the park.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: Anywhere except inside a building
  • Trails that allow pets: Pets with a B.A.R.K. tag can go on any trail.
  • Other pet considerations: Pets must be on a leash. The hot, dry climate can be dangerous for dogs. Bring plenty of water, paw protection, and sun protection. Cactuses can easily prick the paws, body, and face of your dog. Take caution when allowing them to explore in the brush.
  • Closest pet supply store: Holbrook to the west or Sanders to the east.
  • Petrified Forest Map

Saguaro

Approach of a typical desert cactus. Detail of his limb covered with thorns.

Located less than 13 miles from downtown Tucson, Saguaro is one of the most accessible National Parks in the country. It is named after the iconic cacti of the Southwest. These huge plants are protected in the park and can be viewed with a gorgeous desert backdrop.

Saguaro is somewhat pet-friendly, allowing pets on a handful of trails throughout the park. As with all Arizona parks, it’s important to keep your pet cool and well-hydrated. Consider hiking with your dog in the morning or afternoon to avoid the hottest parts of the day.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: Picnic areas, along roadways, and areas around the visitor center.
  • Trails that allow pets:
    • Mica View Dirt Road
    • Mica View Trail
    • Desert Ecology Trail
    • Cactus Forest Loop Road
    • Bajada Loop Drive
    • Desert Discovery Trail
    • Goden Gate Road
  • Other pet considerations: Dogs must be on a leash 6′ or shorter. Cactuses can easily prick the paws, body, and face of your dog. Take caution when allowing them to explore in the brush.
  • Closest pet supply store: Pawsitive Vibes in Tucson (less than 10 minutes from the park).
  • Saguaro National Park Maps

4. Arkansas National Parks

Arkansas is home to one National Park – Hot Springs. You may not have to worry about grizzly bears like you would in Alaska, but Arkansas is home to some wicked insects, spiders, and snakes. Always be aware of your surroundings and check your pet after hikes for ticks and other unwanted hitchhikers.

Hot Springs is very dog-friendly. It offers a B.A.R.K. ranger tag to give your dog access to all areas of the park. Its location near the town of Hot Springs makes it very easy to find pet supplies and accommodations near the park.

Hot Springs

While most National Parks will make you feel like you’re in the wild lands, Hot Springs National Park is considered an urban park, located very close to the town of Hot Springs. It’s located about one hour southwest of Little Rock.

Despite being so close to urban life, Hot Springs still offers some tranquility in its canopied forests, relaxing natural hot springs, and rolling mountains.

Hot Springs is very dog-friendly. It has a B.A.R.K. program that you and your canine companion can complete to be able to access all 26 miles of trails offered in the park.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: All areas except inside federal buildings.
  • Trails that allow pets: With a B.A.R.K. tag, all trails.
  • Other pet considerations: Pets are allowed in the Super Bathhouse Restaurant and Brewery. Pets must be on a leash at all times. Ticks, chiggers, black widows, brown recluses, and venomous snakes occupy the park, so take proper precautions.
  • Closest pet supply store: Petsmart in Hot Springs
  • Hot Springs Trail Maps

5. California National Parks

California is known for its beautiful coastlines, towering redwood trees, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Hollywood. It’s home to nine National Parks, but unfortunately, none of them are very pet-friendly, and one of them does not allow pets at all.

Channel Islands: No Pets Allowed

Looking down the Archipalego off the coast of Anacapa Island in the Channei Islands

Channel Islands National Park is located off the mainland of California, floating about 30 miles from the coast. You can only get to this park via boat, as there are no roads leading to the park.

Channel Islands is not pet-friendly. In fact, pets are not even allowed in the park. This is due to the presence of the island fox, which has evolved to become a unique sub-species on each individual island. Dogs present a serious risk of introducing disease to their canine cousins, so they are not allowed in the park.

  • Pets allowed in the park: No
  • Areas where pets can be walked: None
  • Trails that allow pets: None
  • Other pet considerations: Even service animals must undergo a very strict examination and proof of vaccinations before being allowed in the park.
  • Closest pet supply store: N/A

Death Valley

National parks usa southwest landscape of rocks and petrified sand dunes in NP Valley of Death (one of the warmest places on Earth)

Despite its unsettling name, Death Valley is home to a wide array of life, from bighorn sheep and jackrabbits to the desert tortoise and California King snake.

Death Valley is somewhat pet-friendly, allowing pets on roads and parking lots but not on trails. The NPS recommends leaving pets at home from Spring through Fall due to extreme heat. Instead, wait until the winter season to bring your four-legged pal along.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: In parking lots and along all roads.
  • Trails that allow pets:
    • 20 Mule Team Canyon
    • Mustard Canyon
    • Padre Point
  • Other pet considerations: Temperatures can reach 120F in the summer, so consider bringing your pet in the winter instead. Even then, temperatures can still get hot, and pavement on the roads can burn their paws.
  • Closest pet supply store: Acme General Store in Pahrump, Nevada, or Desert Dog Pet Store in Ridgecrest, California
  • Death Valley Maps

Joshua Tree

Night Sky of Joshua Tree. Backlighted by the moon. many stars

Joshua Tree National Park is located about 130 miles east of Los Angeles. It is named for the unique trees that dot the landscape throughout the park.

Joshua Tree is moderately pet-friendly. Pets are not allowed on trails but can walk the many paved and dirt roads throughout the park. The NPS website offers a lot of information on pet-friendly areas.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: Paved and dirt roads, picnic areas, campgrounds, and all areas within 100 feet of roads, picnic areas, and campgrounds.
  • Trails that allow pets:
    • Oasis of Mara
    • Keys View Trail
  • Other pet considerations: Cactuses and rattlesnakes can pose a risk to your dogs, as can hot temperatures and hot pavement. Read our guide on the steps to take for a dog bitten by a snake to be prepared for any adverse events.
  • Closest pet supply store: Petco in Indio, CA
  • Joshua Tree Maps

Sequoia & Kings Canyon

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are located northwest of Death Valley. The two parks are right next to each other and have the same pet policies. The parks are home to the largest grove of sequoia trees in the world, located in Redwood Canyon.

Unfortunately, Kings Canyon & Sequoia are not very dog friendly. While dogs are allowed in the park, they must be kept to the roads, picnic areas, campgrounds, and parking lots.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: Parking lots, picnic areas, campgrounds, paved roads.
  • Trails that allow pets: None. Exception for service animals.
  • Other pet considerations: The park is home to coyotes and bears, which may have undesired interactions with pets. All pet food must be securely stored away to prevent attracting bears.
  • Closest pet supply store: Petco in Visalia, CA
  • Kings Canyon & Sequoia Park Maps

Lassen Volcanic

Rocks Below The Surface Of Helen Lake With Lassen Peak In The Distance in Lassen Volcanic National Park

Located in northern California, Lassen Volcanic National Park is a sight to behold. With steam erupting from vents along active volcanoes and clear mountain lakes, it’s a truly spectacular park.

Lassen Volcanic National Park allows pets inside the park, but it is not very dog-friendly. Dogs are only permitted where cars can go (paved roads, parking lots, picnic areas, and campgrounds.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: Paved roads and shoulders that are not covered in snow, parking lots, picnic areas, and campgrounds.
  • Trails that allow pets: None. Service animals have exceptions.
  • Other pet considerations: Pets that are restrained may stay overnight in the campground. Pets cannot be left unattended and tied out.
  • Closest pet supply store: Redding (1 hour west)
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park Maps

Redwood

Tourist in Redwood Forest, California, USA. Redwood National Park is a national park in California, United States.

As the name suggests, Redwood National Park is home to the mighty redwoods – the world’s tallest trees. The park is also home to coastlines, prairies, and California condors, which were reintroduced in 2022.

Redwood is one of the more pet-friendly national parks in California. However, pets are still not allowed on any trails.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked:
    • Parking areas
    • Klamath River Overlook
    • Redwood Creek Overlook
    • Campgrounds
    • Freshwater Beach
    • Gold Bluffs Beach
    • Crescent Beach
    • Gravel Roads
  • Trails that allow pets: None. Exceptions for service animals.
  • Other pet considerations: Coyotes, bears, and mountain lions occupy the park.
  • Closest pet supply store: Crescent City, approximately 30 minutes north.
  • Redwood National Park Map

Pinnacles

Valley in Pinnacles National Park, California

Pinnacles National Park is located south of San Jose and east of Monterey. The landscape is shaped by multiple volcanic eruptions that occurred over 20 million years ago. Natural caves and towering peaks await in this alien park.

The pet policy within Pinnacles is pretty standard for National Parks within California’s borders. Pets are allowed in the park but are not permitted on any of the trails.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: Paved roads, picnic areas, campgrounds, parking lots
  • Trails that allow pets: None
  • Other pet considerations: Pets cannot be left tied out and unattended, even in areas where they are allowed to be.
  • Closest pet supply store: Salinas to the northwest
  • Pinnacles National Park Map

Yosemite

Tunnel view of the Yosemite National Park with pine trees and blue sky background, Beautiful landscape with forrest, mountain, and blue-sky

Yosemite is considered to be one of the most beautiful parks in the country. With its astounding granite walls, magnificent waterfalls, and diverse wildlife, it’s certainly an alluring place for hikers, climbers, and adventurers alike!

Yosemite is moderately pet-friendly. Pets are allowed in the park and on a small number of trails throughout the area.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: In developed areas, on plowed paved roads and sidewalks, in all campgrounds except walk-in campgrounds (ex: Camp 4).
  • Trails that allow pets:
    • Wawona Meadow Loop
    • Chowchilla Mountain Road
    • Four Mile Road (not the Four Mile Trail)
    • Eleven Mile Road
    • Carlon Road from trailhead to Hodgdon Meadow
    • Old Big Oak Flat Road from Hodgdon Meadow to Tuolumne Grove parking lot
  • Other pet considerations: Dogs are not allowed on paved roads if they are not plowed. Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are present in Yosemite and can cause harm to you and your dog in stagnant water. You can read more about HABs in our article on whether or not dogs can drink from streams, rivers, and lakes on hikes.
  • Closest pet supply store: Northside Pet Connection in Coulterville
  • Yosemite National Park Maps

6. Dog-Friendly National Parks Colorado

Colorado is home to some of the world’s most stunning landscapes. With its jagged mountains and deep canyons with winding rivers, there are spectacular views at every turn. In general, Colorado State is very dog-friendly, with plenty of breweries and restaurants allowing dogs.

When it comes to dog-friendly National Parks, Colorado is considered moderately pet-friendly. The Great Sand Dunes is the most pet-friendly, while Rocky Mountain is the least.

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison is home to some of the steepest cliffs in the country. The Gunnison River cuts through the cliffs, creating a gorgeous canyon system that’s great to visit any time of the year.

Black Canyon is a moderately dog-friendly National Park. Dogs are allowed in all the normal places – picnic areas, parking lots, paved roads, and campgrounds. They are also allowed on a handful of trails.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: Picnic areas, campgrounds, paved roads that are open to vehicle traffic, parking lots, and paths to overlooks.
  • Trails that allow pets:
    • Rim Rock Trail between the campground and the South Rim Visitor Center
    • North Rim Chasm View Nature Trail
  • Other pet considerations: The cliffs are extremely steep, so keep your pet leashed at all times and pay special attention when near the edge.
  • Closest pet supply store: Tempo and Tails in Hotchkiss or in the town of Montrose to the southwest.
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison Map

Great Sand Dunes

The Great Sand Dunes National Park, near Alamosa, Colorado.

Home to North America’s tallest sand dunes, the Great Sand Dunes National Park is an intriguing destination for you and your pup. Sand sledding and boarding down the slopes of the dunes is a favorite activity, but there are also hiking and backpacking to do in the park.

In terms of dog-friendly National Parks, Great Sand Dunes is one of the more pet-friendly parks. Dogs are allowed in many areas and a handful of trails.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: Preserve and main use area up to the first high ridge of dunes, including Medano Creek. The NPS has a fantastic map that shows you where pets are allowed.
  • Trails that allow pets:
    • Mosca Pass Trail
    • Wellington Ditch Trail
    • Escape Dunes Trail
    • Dunes Overlook Trail
    • Medano Pass Primitive Road (turns from paved to dirt)
  • Other pet considerations: During hot summer days, the sand can be scalding to your pet’s paws. Consider going in the early morning or using paw protection such as socks or booties. When the Medano Creek is flowing, it can be a great source to cool your pup off. Prickly pear cacti dot the grasslands, which can stick to your pet’s paws, legs, and curious noses.
  • Closest pet supply store: Town of Alamosa
  • Great Sand Dunes Trail Map

Mesa Verde

Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado USA

If you and your four-legged companion love learning about the history of ancestral tribes and indigenous peoples, then Mesa Verde is the perfect National Park. It protects 26 pueblos built inside the canyon walls and reminds us of more primitive times.

Mesa Verde is moderately pet friendly, allowing pets inside the park and on a few trails within. Pets are not allowed in any of the pueblos or ancestral sites.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: Paved roads, parking lots, campground roads.
  • Trails that allow pets:
    • Park Point
    • Mesa Top Loop
    • The back porch of the Chief Ranger’s Office (to view Spruce Tree House).
    • Wetherill Mesa Trails (except Step House, Long House Loop, Badger House Community, and Nordenskiold Site #16 Trail)
  • Other pet considerations: Water is available at the park during the warmer seasons to keep your dog hydrated. Never leave your pet unattended or inside a vehicle, even for a short period.
  • Closest pet supply store: Town of Cortez to the north
  • Mesa Verde Trail Maps

Rocky Mountain

A panoramic view of Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado from Trail Ridge Road.

Nothing says Colorado quite like the Rocky Mountains. These jagged, rocky peaks are strewn throughout the park, leaving its visitors in awe of Mother Nature’s power. Rocky Mountain National Park is about an hour and a half northwest of Denver, making it easily accessible.

Rocky Mountain is not one of the dog-friendly National Parks. Pets are not permitted on any of the trails and can only accompany you in certain designated areas, like dog-friendly picnic areas and campgrounds.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: Designated campgrounds and picnic areas. Parking lots and paved roads open to vehicles.
  • Trails that allow pets: None
  • Other pet considerations: Wildlife is abundant in the park. Be aware of mountain lions, coyotes, bobcats, and large birds of prey.
  • Closest pet supply store: Estes Park
  • Rocky Mountain National Park Maps

7. Connecticut National Parks

There are no National Parks in Connecticut.

8. Deleware National Parks

There are no National Parks in Deleware.

9. Florida National Parks

All of Florida’s National Parks are located in the southern tip of the state, with two of the three located on islands that can only be reached by boat or seaplane. Dry Tortugas is the most pet-friendly park, while the Everglades is the least pet-friendly.

Nonetheless, pets are allowed in all three National Parks.

Biscayne

Boca Chita Lighthouse Reflecting in Blue Water with Miami skyline in background

Unlike most National Parks on our list, Biscayne is located in the water! It’s a paradise for water-loving adventurers, fishers, divers, and boaters. Even though most of the park is in Biscayne Bay, there are some land-bound areas where pets are allowed.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: The grounds at Convoy Point (on the mainland) and Elliott Key Campground (on the Key Islands).
  • Trails that allow pets: N/A – no trails in this park
  • Other pet considerations: The only way to get to Elliott Key Campground is via boat, so pet-friendly transportation must be secured if you plan to bring your canine companion along.
  • Closest pet supply store: Pet Supermarket in Homestead
  • Biscayne National Park Maps

Dry Tortugas

Located on Garden Key in Dry Tortugas National Park, Fort Jefferson is perhaps the most isolated and intricately built of all the Civil War era military fortifications constructed in the United States

Dry Tortugas National Park rivals some of Alaska’s parks for the most remote. Its location nearly 70 miles west of Key West makes it only accessible by boat or seaplane. The famous Fort Jefferson is a sight to behold, and the crystal blue waters make a visit to this park worthwhile!

Dry Tortugas is very pet-friendly, allowing pets everywhere on Garden Key except inside Fort Jefferson. The difficult part is getting your pet to the island!

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: Everywhere on Garden Key except inside Fort Jefferson or anywhere with specific posted signs prohibiting pets.
  • Trails that allow pets: N/A – no trails in the park. Pets are allowed on all walkways.
  • Other pet considerations: Pet-friendly transportation is required to get you and your pup to the island. Please pick up all pet waste to ensure the continued success of the fragile marine ecosystem. Toxic rodent control methods are implemented on the island at certain times of the year, which can be detrimental to pets.
  • Closest pet supply store: Key West
  • Dry Tortugas National Park Map

Everglades

Overhead view of Everglades swamp with green vegetation between water inlets. Natural habitat of many tropical species in Florida wetlands

Everglades National Park is located in the southern tip of Florida and contains the United State’s largest subtropical wilderness. This park protects endangered species and is a place like no other in the world.

Due to the fragility of the ecosystem and the many protected wildlife species, pet-friendly areas are limited in the park.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: Paved roadways open to traffic, roadside campgrounds and picnic areas, and maintained grounds around public facilities and residential areas.
  • Trails that allow pets: None
  • Other pet considerations: Everglades is home to countless species of wildlife that can pose risks to dogs, including Florida panthers, alligators, crocodiles, and large snakes.
  • Closest pet supply store: Homestead
  • Everglades National Park Map

10. Georgia National Parks

There are no National Parks in Georgia.

11. Hawaii National Parks

Hawaii is home to five different islands and two National Parks. The parks are located on the islands of Maui and Hawai’i. Due to the need to preserve fragile ecosystems and wildlife that is found nowhere else on earth, pet areas are very limited in both parks.

Haleakala

The crater of a volcano.Red dirt rocks and a blue sky form this amazing moon like landscape of this volcano top, above the clouds. Haleakala National Park in Maui, Hawaii.

Haleakala is an otherworldly park located on Maui that highlights Hawaii’s fundamental land and culture. It’s filled with varied terrain, from rugged coastlines and rainforests to a barren volcanic landscape. You can view the sunrise or sunset above the clouds and crater walls for an epic start or end to your day.

Haleakala is not very pet-friendly. Pets are allowed in the park but not on any of the unpaved hiking trails.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: Parking lots, roadways, and paved pathways.
  • Trails that allow pets: None
  • Other pet considerations: Weather is unpredictable in Haleakala and can change quickly. Even when temperatures are warm near sea level, the top of Haleakala can be very cold, so plan to bring your dog a jacket or blanket to stay warm.
  • Closest pet supply store: Pono Pet in Haiku or Kihei Pet Supply in Kihei
  • Haleakala National Park Maps
Robyn and Jarrod at haleakala national park

Hawai’i Volcanoes

There aren’t many places in the world to view active lava flows, but the Hawai’i Volcanoes are one of them! It is home to two of the world’s most active volcanoes and has an elevation variation from sea level to over 13,000 feet.

In Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, pets are mostly only allowed on paved roads, picnic areas, parking lots, and campgrounds. However, there are some amazing views from these vantage points that you and your pupper can enjoy.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked:
    • Park: Parking lots and curbs except Hilina Pali Road and Kulanaokuaiki Campground. Crater Rim Drive. Chain of Craters Road to Pu’uloa Petroglyphs. Namakanipaio Campground, Highway 11, and Mauna Loa Road (Strip Road). on paved roads, parking areas, and picnic areas at the Kilauea Military Camp (does not include the ball field).
    • Kahuku Unit: Developed areas and open fields adjacent to park buildings and the area that extends to the boundary of the forested areas. Kahuku Road from HWY 11 to the gate. Old Mamalahoa Highway Spur Road.
  • Trails that allow pets: None
  • Other pet considerations: volcanic conditions can change rapidly at any time, so bring your dogs along at your own (and their own) risk.
  • Closest pet supply store: Keaau to the east or Kahaluu-Keauhou to the west.
  • Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Maps

12. Idaho National Parks (Yellowstone)

The only National Park in Idaho is Yellowstone, with a small sliver of the park located on Idaho’s southeastern side. However, Yellowstone will be discussed under Wyoming since most of the park is located in the state of Wyoming.

13. Illinois National Parks

There are no National Parks in Illinois.

14. Indiana National Parks

Indiana has one National Park in the state – Indiana Dunes. Its location on the banks of Lake Michigan offers a beach-like vibe without any of the saltwater.

Indiana Dunes

Tucked away in Indiana’s northwest corner on the shores of Lake Michigan is Indiana Dunes National Park. This marvel has been shaped by the unceasing waves of the lake and the dunes continually shift, grow, and disappear over the years.

Indiana Dunes is moderately pet-friendly. Dogs are allowed in the park, on a handful of trails, and on most beaches along Lake Michigan.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: Roadways and parking lots. All beaches except in the lifeguarded swimming area at West Beach from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
  • Trails that allow pets: All trails except Pinhook Bog Trail and the equestrian portion of the Glenwood Dunes Trail.
  • Other pet considerations: Pets are not allowed on the east side of the Douglas Center (Nature Play Areas). Never let pets on shelf ice.
  • Closest pet supply store: Petsmart in Michigan City
  • Indiana Sand Dunes National Park Map
Dunes, Sand, and the Great Lakes at Indiana Dunes National Park in Indiana

15. Iowa National Parks

There are no National Parks in Iowa.

16. Kansas National Parks

There are no National Parks in Kansas.

17. Kentucky National Parks

Kentucky has one National Park – Mammoth Cave – located in the south-central region of the state. The park is very pet-friendly, allowing pets everywhere in the park except inside the cave system and in park buildings.

Mammoth Cave

Mammoth Cave National Park is home to the world’s longest-known cave system. It is located in south central Kentucky on 52,000 acres of preserved land just waiting to be explored with your four-legged friend!

And as long as you stay out of the caves and park buildings, you and your pet can go pretty much everywhere in the park!

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: Everywhere except inside the cave systems and in park buildings.
  • Trails that allow pets: Dogs are allowed on all surface trails within the park
  • Other pet considerations: Ticks can be a concern in the warmer months. Use flea and tick prevention on your pet and check them for ticks after hikes. Woodland Cottages offers pet-friendly rooms.
  • Closest pet supply store: Glasgow or Bowling Green
  • Mammoth Cave National Park Trail Maps
Historic Entrance to Mammoth Cave with long sidewalk ramp

18. Louisianna

There are no National Parks in Louisianna

19. Maine

Maine is the most northeasterly state in the United States and home to a well-known National Park – Acadia. It’s one of the most visited National Parks and is gorgeous year-round.

Acadia

Acadia sits along the North Atlantic Coast and offers beautiful views of the tallest mountains on the eastern seaboard. It contains various ecosystems and diverse landscapes, from wetlands and forests to mountains and coastlines.

Acadia is pretty pet-friendly. Dogs are allowed on 100 miles of hiking trails and 45 miles of carriage roads.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: Dogs are allowed on all carriage roads and on Isle au Haut. They are also permitted in Blackwoods, Seawall, and Schoodic Woods Campgrounds.
  • Trails that allow pets: Dogs are allowed on all trails except Prcipice, Beehive, Ladder Trail to Door Mountain, Beech Cliffs Trail, Perpendicular Trail, and Jordan Cliffs Trail
  • Other pet considerations: Pets are not allowed to swim in lakes unless otherwise posted. From June 15 to September 8, pets are not permitted on Sand Beach. From May 15 to September 15, pets are not permitted at Echo Lake. Pets are not allowed in the Wild Gardens of Acadia or the Duck Harbor Campground. Some trails have ladders or rungs that may not be suitable for dogs. You can find a list of these trails on the National Park Website here.
  • Closest pet supply store: The town of Bar Harbor
  • Acadia National Park Map
A hike watching the setting sun in Acadia National Park

20. Maryland

There are no National Parks in Maryland.

21. Massachusetts

There are no National Parks in Massachusetts.

22. Michigan National Parks

Michigan has just one National Park, and unfortunately, it is not dog-friendly. The park – Isle Royale – is on an island in Lake Superior. Due to the presence of wolves and concerns for disease transmission between pet dogs and wolves, no pets are allowed in the park.

Isle Royale: No Pets Allowed

Michigan’s only National Park is located on an island on Lake Superior, fairly close to the Canadian border. Unfortunately, pets are not allowed on the island or within 4.5 miles of the island on the waters.

This is due to the presence of wolves on the island and the concern of disease transmission by pet dogs. An incident in 1980 with the transmission of parvo decimated the wolf population from 50 to 14.

  • Pets allowed in the park: No. Service animals must go through rigorous steps to obtain permission onto the island.
  • Areas where pets can be walked: None
  • Trails that allow pets: None
  • Other pet considerations: If you have a service dog, a service dog permit must be obtained within 15 days of your arrival.
  • Closest pet supply store: N/A
Isle Royale National Park Michigan

23. Minnesota National Parks

There is only one National Park in Minnesota – Voyageurs – which is located in the northern section of the state near the Kabetogama and Rainy Lakes. The park is somewhat pet-friendly, allowing dogs on one trail and in a few areas throughout the park.

Voyageurs

Voyageurs National Park is located in Minnesota’s northernmost reaches, about 6 miles from the Canadian border. It is a unique area that transitions from a land ecosystem to an aquatic one, with lakes and streams mixed with rugged cliffs and ridges.

Voyageurs is somewhat pet friendly, allowing pets on a few trails and most places where vehicles can travel. You can access Voyageurs by car, but to experience the entire park, you would need to travel by boat, which pets are not allowed on.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: Frontcountry campsites. Visitor center areas and parking lots.
  • Trails that allow pets:
    • Recreation Trail
  • Other pet considerations: Blastomycosis occurs throughout the Great Lakes Region, and you or your pet may come in contact with it within the park.
  • Closest pet supply store: Town of International Falls to the west.
  • Voyageurs Park Maps
Voyageurs National Park is an Isolated NP in Northern Minnesota on Lake Kabetogama and several others

24. Mississippi National Parks

There are no National Parks in Mississippi.

25. Missouri National Parks

Missouri and Arkansas are an island in the midst of states with no National Parks. Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska to the west, Iowa to the North, and Illinois to the east all have no National Parks.

Missouri’s only national park is Gateway Arch.

Gateway Arch National Park

On the border of Missouri and Illinois is a unique National Park located right in the heart of St. Louis – Gateway Arch. This National Park is famous for its massive arch, which towers 630 feet into the air, welcoming visitors traveling from the East into the West.

Gateway Arch is not your typical stroll through the forest or hike up a mountain. It is more like an urban park but still offers astounding views. It is one of the most pet-friendly National Parks there is!

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: Everywhere (except inside buildings)
  • Trails that allow pets: All trails
  • Other pet considerations: Gateway Arch holds a handful of B.A.R.K. Ranger events throughout the year, such as puppuccino crawls, dog art, and pet costume parades in October.
  • Closest pet supply store: Four Muddy Paws on Park Avenue
  • Gateway Arch National Park Map
Skyline viewed under St. Louis Gateway Arch with vibrant sky and sun.

26. Montana National Parks

Montana is known for being the Big Sky country, where the night sky will dazzle you with stars uninterrupted by typical city light pollution. Surprisingly, this enormous state is home to just two National Parks – Glacier and Yellowstone.

Since most of Yellowstone is located in Wyoming, it will be discussed under Wyoming, not here. Glacier NP is not too dog-friendly but will allow pets in the park and in developed areas.

Glacier

Not to be confused with Glacier Bay, Glacier National Park is located in the mountainous region of Montana. The park is dotted with melting glaciers, alpine meadows, and astounding views of the surrounding peaks.

Glacier NP is moderately pet-friendly, allowing dogs into the park and in a few developed areas. However, don’t expect to take your pup into the backcountry or on many hiking trails.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: Frontcountry campgrounds and picnic areas. Parking lots. In boats where permitted. Along lake shores of developed locations. Bike path between Apgar and West Glacier (only when no snow is present).
  • Trails that allow pets: None
  • Other pet considerations: Roads that are closed to vehicles are considered backcountry and do not allow dogs.
  • Closest pet supply store: Kalispell (About 1 hour southwest)
  • Glacier National Park Map
Picturesque rocky peaks of the Glacier National Park, Montana, USA

27. Nebraska National Parks

There are no National Parks in Nebraska

28. Nevada National Parks

Nevada’s desert climate and mountainous regions paint a beautiful landscape for hikers and dog parents alike. Nevada is home to one National Park – Great Basin – which allows pets but is limited on where pets can go.

Great Basin

Located on the east-central side of Nevada, Great Basin National Park is just a few miles from the border of Utah. The park’s terrain is extremely varied, from the peaks of 13,000-foot mountains to subterranean caves.

Pets are allowed in Great Basin National Park, but there are many restrictions that will limit where you can go and what you can do in the park.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: Campgrounds, in front of visitor centers, along roads open to traffic.
  • Trails that allow pets:
    • Lexington Arch Trail
    • The trail between Baker and the Great Basin Visitor Center
  • Other pet considerations: The weather changes quickly in the park, and storms are common in the warmer seasons. Flooding may impact road conditions, which can make it inaccessible for walking dogs.
  • Closest pet supply store: Town of Ely to the northwest
  • Great Basin National Park Maps
Wheeler Peak in Great Basin National Park, Baker, Nevada

29. New Hampshire National Parks

There are no National Parks in New Hampshire

30. New Jersey National Parks

There are no National Parks in New Jersey

31. New Mexico National Parks

Like Nevada, New Mexico’s desert landscape makes for a stunning backdrop to the picturesque cacti and varied terrain. There are two National Parks in the state. Carlsbad Caverns, a network of caves that have been eroded away by sulfuric acid, and White Sands.

Carlsbad Caverns

The name of this National Park should give you an idea of what you can find here. It has 119 caves beneath the surface of the Chihuahuan Desert. Unfortunately, if you bring your pet, you won’t be able to explore the caves. However, you can still bring your pet inside the park.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: On paved roads and parking lots
  • Trails that allow pets: paved park trails on the surface unless otherwise posted.
  • Other pet considerations: Pets are not allowed in the park during Bat Flight Programs.
  • Closest pet supply store: Town of Carlsbad to the northeast.
  • Carlsbad Caverns Park Map
Inside Carlsbad Caverns Cave System in New Mexico, USA

White Sands

White Sands National Park contains the world’s largest gypsum dune field. The park’s landscape is astounding, with wave-like dunes covering the desert floor and providing homes for unique plants and animals.

White Sands National Park is very pet-friendly, allowing dogs everywhere inside the park except inside the visitor center.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: Everywhere (except inside buildings)
  • Trails that allow pets: All trails/areas
  • Other pet considerations: Cactuses and rattlesnakes are present in the park and can pose hazards to curious pups. Temperature extremes can make the sand too hot for your pet to walk on.
  • Closest pet supply store: Petsense in Alamogordo
  • White Sands National Park Map
White Sands National Park, New Mexico, USA

32. New York

There are no National Parks in New York

33. North Carolina (And Tennesee) National Parks

The most visited National Park in the United States is the Great Smoky Mountains. The park spans between North Carolina’s western mountain ranges and Tennesee’s eastern ranges.

It’s well known for the fog that hangs over the mountains, creating a smoky appearance.

Great Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains are moderately pet-friendly, allowing dogs in the park and on a few trails. If you wish to explore with your pet, there are many other areas just outside the park that are still in the mountains and allow dogs.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: Campgrounds, picnic areas, and along roads.
  • Trails that allow pets:
    • Gatlinburg Trail
    • Oconaluftee River Trail
  • Other pet considerations: Black bears are very prevalent throughout the park. Always be aware of your surroundings and have your pet on a leash at all times.
  • Closest pet supply store: Gatlinburg in Tennesee or Sylva and Lake Junaluska in North Carolina
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park Maps
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, USA sunset landscape over Newfound Gap.

34. North Dakota National Parks

North Dakota only has one National Park – Theodore Roosevelt. So named after President Teddy Roosevelt who visited the area and fell in love with the wild prairies and wild animals of North Dakota.

Theodore Roosevelt

When the 26th president visited North Dakota, it changed the course of conservation history. The Theodore Roosevelt National Park is an amazing prairie ecosystem teeming with life, including bison, feral horses, elk, and pronghorn.

Pets are welcome in the park but are limited to areas where vehicles can go. They are not permitted on any of the trails.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: Along roads and shoulders, sidewalks, parking lots, campgrounds, and picnic areas.
  • Trails that allow pets: None
  • Other pet considerations: The Painted Canyon Visitor Center is the best place to see the views in a pet-friendly area. Wild bison and horses exist in the park – always be aware of wildlife when you have your canine companion with you!
  • Closest pet supply store: Dollar General in Belfield or nearby Dickinson
  • TRNP Maps
Theodore Roosevelt National Park badlands scenery near Medora, North Dakota in summer

35. Ohio National Parks

Cuyahoga Valley National Park is Ohio’s only National Park. It’s located about equidistant between Cleveland and Akron and is one of the more urban National Parks.

While most of Ohio is flat, Cuyahoga has some elevation gains, winding trails, and waterfalls waiting to be explored with your canine companion.

Cuyahoga Valley

Cuyahoga has deep ties to the Native Americans who occupied the land before the 1600s. Since then, the park has been used for various reasons and reshaped by weather and people alike.

Cuyahoga is very pet-friendly, with only a few places where pets aren’t allowed.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: Everywhere except the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, in park buildings, on the East Rim mountain bike trails, and at Virginia Kendall Hills during sledding activities.
  • Trails that allow pets: All trails allow pets (except those specified above).
  • Other pet considerations: Ticks are prevalent in the area during the warmer months.
  • Closest pet supply store: About Cats & Dogs in Hudson or in nearby Macedonia.
  • Cuyahoga National Park Trail Maps

36. Oklahoma National Parks

There are no National Parks in Oklahoma

37. Oregon National Parks

Jumping over to the Pacific Northwest, Oregon is full of gorgeous wilderness, waterfalls, and wildlife. It’s one of the best regions to explore with your dog.

There is one National Park in the state – Crater Lake – in the southwest corner of the state.

Crater Lake

Crater Lake’s location within the Cascade Mountains gives it a beautiful backdrop of snow-capped mountains. It’s the deepest lake in the United States and filled with pristine mountain water.

Crater Lake is fairly pet-friendly. Pets are allowed on a handful of trails throughout the park, as well as campground and picnic areas.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: Mazama and Lost Creek campgrounds. All picnic areas. All paved surfaces and within 50 feet of paved surfaces.
  • Trails that allow pets:
    • Lady of the Woods
    • Godfrey Glen
    • Annie Spur
    • Grayback Drive
    • Pacific Crest Trail
  • Other pet considerations: Trails may be closed to dogs when there is significant snow cover. You can only have one leashed pet per person. Pets are not allowed in Crater Lake or any stream/body of water in the park.
  • Closest pet supply store: Dollar General in Chiloquin
  • Crater Lake National Park Maps
scenic view of crater lake national park on sunny day,Oregon,usa.

38. Pennsylvania

There are no National Parks in Pennsylvania

39. Rhode Island

There are no National Parks in Rhode Island

40. South Carolina National Parks

South Carolina is home to coastal beaches in the east and mountains in the northwest. Its subtropical climate makes it a popular area for hikers, especially in the winter months when temperatures are mild.

This southern state is home to just one National Park – Congaree.

Congaree

Located smack dab in the middle of the state is Congaree National Park. It contains North America’s largest old-growth bottomland hardwood forest and is home to some of the tallest trees in the world. And pets? Always welcome!

Congaree is one of the most pet-friendly National Parks. Pets are allowed on all trails, and the NPS site even offers recommendations for trails to stay away from if you have reactive pets due to narrow paths or confinement by fences/boardwalk railings.

Speaking of reactive pets, we have an informative guide on how to hike with a reactive dog!

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: Everywhere, including the boardwalk and campgrounds.
  • Trails that allow pets: All trails
  • Other pet considerations: Parts of the elevated boardwalk are narrow and confining and should be avoided if your pup is uncomfortable with other people or pets.
  • Closest pet supply store: Columbia to the northwest
  • Congaree National Park Map
Boardwalk Through Forest, Congaree National Park

41. South Dakota National Parks

South Dakota is a beautiful state full of painted landscapes, National Memorials, and a unique cultural history. You can find two National Parks in South Dakota, both located in the state’s southwest corner.

Both National Parks are moderately pet-friendly, allowing pets inside the park but with restrictions. Wind Cave is a little more pet-friendly than Badlands.

Badlands

There’s no other place on earth like the Badlands. It’s steeped in Native American history and contains some of the largest fossil beds that transport you back to a different time when wild horses and rhinos once roamed the area.

Badlands National Park is moderately pet-friendly. Pets are allowed in the park and pretty much anywhere that vehicles are permitted.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: Developed areas and parking lots. Campgrounds, picnic areas, paved and gravel roadways, and roadway corridors.
  • Trails that allow pets: None
  • Other pet considerations: Pets are not allowed in the backcountry areas or anywhere with prairie dog colonies.
  • Closest pet supply store: Rapid City to the west
  • Badlands National Park Maps
beautiful landscapes in Badlands national park, South dakota, usa.

Wind Cave

Wind Cave is located in South Dakota’s southwest corner. On the surface, Wind Cave consists of rolling prairies and forests dotted with populations of majestic bison and elk. However, beneath the earth hides a huge labyrinth of cave systems.

Pets are not allowed in the cave systems, but they are allowed above the surface in a few areas and along two trails, making Wind Cave a moderately pet-friendly National Park.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: Grassy areas near the visitor center and Elk Mountain Campground.
  • Trails that allow pets:
    • Prairie Vista Trail
    • Elk Mountain Campground Trail
  • Other pet considerations: Prairie dogs are present in the park, which can be enticing to chase for some dogs. Bison can also pose a risk to dogs.
  • Closest pet supply store: Hot Springs to the south
  • Wind Cave NP Maps
End of Trail on Post in Wind Cave National Park.

42. Tennesee National Parks

Refer to North Carolina for information on Tennesee’s only National Park – Great Smoky Mountains.

43. Dog-Friendly National Parks Texas

Everything may be bigger in Texas, but they don’t boast the largest National Parks. Nonetheless, their two National Parks are well worth a visit with gorgeous scenery, diverse landscapes, and intriguing wildlife.

Big Bend

Big Bend National Park is located in southwest Texas, near the Mexico border. It houses some of the most unique landscapes and ecosystems and boasts a diversity of plants and animals like nowhere else. It contains towering mountains, meandering rivers, and beautiful meadows and is a great place to stargaze at night.

Unfortunately, Big Bend isn’t very pet-friendly and will limit the activities you can do in the park. Pets can only go where vehicles can go in this park.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: On roadways open to vehicles and in parking lots.
  • Trails that allow pets: None
  • Other pet considerations: Black bears, javelinas, and coyotes are present in the park. Pets are not allowed in any water systems in the park, so pack plenty of water.
  • Closest pet supply store: Marfa or Alpine to the north
  • Big Bend National Park Map
Stunning sunrise in Big Bend National Park

Guadalupe Mountains

As the name implies, Guadalupe Mountains National Park is full of rugged mountain peaks formed by fossilized reefs. It is located in west Texas near the border of New Mexico in the Chihuahuan Desert.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park has very similar pet restrictions as Big Bend. Pets are only permitted in developed areas and wherever vehicles can go. They are also allowed on two trails throughout the park.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: Roadways open to vehicles, parking lots, developed campgrounds, and picnic spaces.
  • Trails that allow pets:
    • Pine Springs Campground Connector Trail
    • Pinery Trail from the visitor center to Butterfield Stage Station
  • Other pet considerations: Cacti are present in the park and can pose a hazard to paws and curious noses. The desert atmosphere can get very hot, so pack plenty of water for your canine companion.
  • Closest pet supply store: Carlsbad in New Mexico
  • Guadalupe Mountains National Park Maps
Guadalupe Mountains National Park

44. Dog-Friendly National Parks Utah

Utah is home to world-renowned National Parks like Zion, Bryce Canyon, and Arches. The red rocks combine with a desert landscape and towering plateaus to make a very picturesque place to hike!

Utah National Parks are moderately dog-friendly. There are five parks total in the state, all of which allow dogs. However, Canyonland and Arches are the most strict, while Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef are the most accommodating to hikers with pets.

The arid desert landscape can get very hot in the summer, so if you bring your pup along, be sure to pack plenty of water and monitor their paws to make sure they don’t get burned on any pavement.

Arches

Containing over 2,000 natural arches, Arches National Park is an amazing feat of mother nature, erosion, and time. In addition to the arches, massive rock fins that are arches-to-be dot the landscape around meandering trails. This park is located in east-central Utah near Moab.

Because of the delicate nature of the rock formations and the abundant wildlife in the area, pets are only allowed in established areas and are not permitted on any trails, making Arches National Park one of the least pet-friendly parks.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: Established roadways, parking lots, campgrounds, and picnic areas.
  • Trails that allow pets: None
  • Other pet considerations: Temperatures soar in the summer at Arches, often exceeding 100F. The paved areas where pets are allowed can burn paws in as little as a few seconds.
  • Closest pet supply store: Moab to the south
  • Arches National Park Maps

Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon is located in Utah’s south-central region at the top of the Grand Staircase. It’s home to the largest concentration of Hoodoos in the world. Don’t worry, we don’t mean voodoo or spells!

Hoodoos are irregular rock formations that typically jut upwards and have weathered tops that create unique features at the tops of the towers.

Bryce Canyon is moderately pet-friendly, allowing dogs inside the park, along paved areas, and on two trails in the park.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: Paved surfaces, including campgrounds, parking lots, paved roads, and paved viewpoints.
  • Trails that allow pets:
    • Rim Trail between Sunset Point and Sunrise Point
    • Shared Use Path to Inspiration Point
  • Other pet considerations: Cliffs are a frequent feature in the park – always watch your dog when they are close to the edge of a hillside or cliff. Temperatures change rapidly between day and night, as much as 50F, so bring a blanket or jacket if you plan to take your pet in the evening, and bring plenty of water during the daytime.
  • Closest pet supply store: Bryce Canyon City or near the intersection of Route 12 & 89.
  • Bryce Canyon National Park Map
Hoodoos of Bryce Canyon national park at sunrise.

Canyonland

Sounding almost like an amusement park, Canyonland is filled with picturesque canyons, cliffs, and dazzling desert landscapes. It’s located southwest of Moab. There are four distinct regions in the park – Island in the Sky, The Needles, The Maze, and The Rivers.

Canyonland National Park is not very pet-friendly. Pets are allowed inside the park but are restricted to the front country roads and picnic areas.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: Established frontcountry roads, parking lots, campgrounds, and picnic areas.
  • Trails that allow pets: None
  • Other pet considerations: Temperatures in Canyonland can reach extremes – hot during the day and very cold at night. Plan accordingly for your pup. Paved surfaces can burn paws during hot days.
  • Closest pet supply store: Moab to the northeast
  • Canyonland National Park Map
Hiker in Canyonlands National park in Utah, USA

Capitol Reef

Located about 60 miles west of Canyonland is Capitol Reef National Park. It contains an interesting rock formation known as a monocline, which is basically just a wrinkle in the earth! This ‘wrinkle’ is 100 miles long, located in what’s known as the Waterpocket Fold.

Capitol Reef is more dog-friendly than other National Parks in Utah. Pets are allowed in the park, on a handful of trails, and in unfenced orchards.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: Unfenced and unlocked orchards, campgrounds, Chesnut and Doc Inglesby picnic areas, parking lots, and within 50 feet of the center line of roads open to vehicles, including dirt roads.
  • Trails that allow pets:
    • The trail from the visitor center to Fruita Campground
    • Fremont River Trail from the campground to Hattie’s Field gate
  • Other pet considerations: Be aware of temperature extremes within the park and hot pavement that can burn little paws. Flash floods are a potential within the park.
  • Closest pet supply store: Moab to the east or Panguitch and Kingston to the west
  • Capitol Reef National Park Maps
Spectacular landscapes of Capitol reef National park in Utah, USA

Zion

Zion is tucked away in Utah’s southwest corner and contains some of the most remarkable natural rock formations in the world. The landscape is painted with reds, pinks, whites, and purples as colorful cliffs and canyons fill your vision.

Zion National Park is somewhat pet-friendly. Dogs are allowed in the park on all paved areas and one trail.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: Roads, parking lots, developed campgrounds, developed picnic areas, and developed grounds at the Zion Lodge.
  • Trails that allow pets: Pa’rus Trail
  • Other pet considerations: Cyanobacteria and Cyanotoxins may be present in the Virgin River and other water sources around the park. This algae may harm dogs, so do not let them drink out of any natural water sources in the park.
  • Closest pet supply store: Cedar City to the north or Washington to the southwest
  • Zion National Park Map
Zion National Park is an American national park located in southwestern Utah near the town of Springdale.

45. Vermont National Parks

There are no National Parks in Vermont.

46. Virginia National Parks

Virginia is home to just one National Park – Shenandoah. It is located in the northcentral region of the state, just a short drive from Washington, DC.

Shenandoah

Shenandoah National Park is a gorgeous area with mountainous forests, cascading waterfalls, and over 500 miles of hiking trails. It’s one of the more dog-friendly National Parks, allowing pets on most trails, with the exception of a few.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: Roads, campgrounds, picnic areas
  • Trails that allow pets: Pets are allowed on all trails except for Fox Hollow, Stony Man, Limberlost, Post Office Junction to Old Rag Shelter, Old Rag Ridge, Old Rag Saddle, Ridge Access, Dark Hollow Falls, Story of the Forest, Bearfence Mountain, Frazier Discovery
  • Other pet considerations: Pet-friendly lodging is available in the park. Pets are not allowed on ranger-led programs. Ticks can be a problem in warmer seasons, and there are black bears present in the park and surrounding areas.
  • Closest pet supply store: Town of Luray to the north
  • Shenandoah National Park Map
View of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley from Stony Man Mountain, in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.

47. Washington National Parks

The Pacific Northwest is arguably the prettiest region in the United States. The terrain is varied from mountains and alpine lakes to sleepy forest hollows and babbling brooks. Washington is well known for its beautiful scenery, waterfalls, and wildlife.

Washington is home to three National Parks – Mount Rainier, North Cascades, and Olympic. Olympic NP is the most dog-friendly, while the North Cascades is the least.

Mount Rainier

The crown jewel of this National Park is its namesake – Mount Rainier. This massive active volcano rises to 14,410 feet high and is the centerpiece of Mount Rainier National Park. Alpine meadows and old-growth forests abound in the park, as does the wildlife.

Mount Rainier National Park allows pets inside the park, but it is not very pet-friendly. Pets are restricted to areas where vehicles can go and one park trail.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: Parking lots, campgrounds, and paved roads open to vehicle traffic (no further than 6 feet from the road).
  • Trails that allow pets:
    • Pacific Crest Trail
  • Other pet considerations: Pets are allowed on the Longmire Historic District Walking Tour. Wildlife, such as black bears and mountain lions, can pose a hazard to dogs. Avalanches are possible on the slopes of the mountain. Weather conditions can change rapidly near the mountain, and thunderstorms are common in the afternoon.
  • Closest pet supply store: Tacoma to the northwest
  • Mount Rainier National Park Map
mount rainier national park

North Cascades

Located in northwest Washington State is North Cascades National Park. The park is dominated by over 300 glaciers and boasts some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country. Whether you visit in winter or summer, it’s an impressive park full of wonders.

North Cascades is probably the most vague about its pet policy. Pets are allowed in the park, but it’s not entirely clear where they are allowed to go and where they are prohibited.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: Within 50 feet of roads, within the Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas. Most surrounding National Forest Land.
  • Trails that allow pets:
    • Pacific Crest Trail
  • Other pet considerations: Grizzly bears are rare but may be present in the park. Black bears are more common in the park. Due to the mountainous region, weather can change quickly in the park from sunny to storming. The west, in general, is prone to wildfires, so always plan ahead, know your exits, and keep an eye on the direction of the wind.
  • Closest pet supply store: Burlington to the southwest
  • North Cascades National Park Map
Diablo lake. North Cascades National Park, Washington, USA

Olympic

Olympic National Park is a diverse landscape of gorgeous scenery. From snow-capped mountains to temperate rain forests and down to the rugged Pacific Coast, Olympic has much to offer its adventurous visitors!

Regarding dog-friendly National Parks, Olympic is pretty accommodating to our four-legged friends.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: Drive in campgrounds, picnic areas, paved and dirt roads. The Rialto Beach parking lot to Ellen Creek trail. Beaches between the Hoh and Quinault Reservations.
  • Trails that allow pets:
    • Peabody Creek Trail
    • Madison Falls Trail
    • Spruce Railroad Trail
    • July Creek Loop Trail
  • Other pet considerations: Dogs should be kept off of tidal rocks due to their sharp features and barnacles, which can cut paws. Coastal tides can submerge beach areas under water during certain times of the day. Black bears, mountain lions, and elk may be encountered in the park.
  • Closest pet supply store: Patricia’s Pet Shop in Port Angeles, WA
  • Olympic National Park Map
Olympic national park landscape in washington usa

48. West Virginia National Parks

West Virginia – wild and wonderful – is home to the newest National Park, designated in 2021. The park is bisected by the New River, which gives it its namesake. It is a huge recreational area and very popular for hikers and rock climbers.

New River Gorge NP is very pet-friendly, so bring your canine companion along for the adventure!

New River Gorge

Best Climbing areas for New River Gorge National Park & Preserve

Its status as a National Park may be new, but the ‘New’ River is quite old, one of the oldest rivers on the continent, in fact! The New River Gorge Bridge offers post-card-quality photo opportunities from many viewpoints along the hiking trail system.

New River Gorge is one of the most pet-friendly National Parks. Dogs are allowed on all trails throughout the park, which includes over 100 miles of trails!

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: Everywhere (except inside buildings and on ranger-led programs).
  • Trails that allow pets: All trails
  • Other pet considerations: In the warmer seasons, ticks can be a problem. Copperheads and Rattlesnakes can be found throughout the park.
  • Closest pet supply store: The town of Beckley.
  • New River Gorge National Park Map

49. Wisconsin National Parks

There are no National Parks in Wisconsin.

50. Wyoming National Parks

We’ve made it to the final state! Wyoming is home to two National Parks – Grand Teton and Yellowstone. The land surrounding the parks is awe-inspiring. From natural geysers to snow-capped mountains, Wyoming is wild and well worth a visit with your pup!

Grand Teton

Not far from Yellowstone is the great Grand Teton National Park. It’s about 40 miles south of Yellowstone and dominated by a jagged mountain range in Jackson Hole.

Grand Teton National Park is not very pet-friendly. Dogs are only allowed anywhere a car can go, such as open roads, parking lots, and turnouts.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: Roads open to vehicles and within 30 feet of roadways, picnic areas, campgrounds, and parking lots.
  • Trails that allow pets: None
  • Other pet considerations: From November 1 – April 30, pets may be walked on roads closed for the winter season.
  • Closest pet supply store: The town of Jackson, to the south
  • Grand Teton National Park Map
Grand Teton National Park at sunset. One of the best things to experience in my life is this place.

Yellowstone

Yellowstone spans three different states, but because the largest portion of it is in Wyoming, we’ve decided to place it here. Yellowstone is known throughout the world and is one of the most famous National Parks.

Yellowstone was the first National Park and is home to the famous Old Faithful geyser, thermal basins, and abundant wildlife.

With its delicate ecosystem, it’s no surprise that Yellowstone is not very pet-friendly. Pets are basically only allowed wherever vehicles can go.

  • Pets allowed in the park: Yes
  • Areas where pets can be walked: Developed areas within 100 feet of roads, parking lots, and campgrounds.
  • Trails that allow pets: None
  • Other pet considerations: Bears and wolves are present in the park and can pose a hazard to dogs.
  • Closest pet supply store: Doggy Den in West Yellowstone, Montana
  • Yellowstone National Park Map
The famous Morning Glory Pool in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

All 50 States And Their National Park Pet Policies

That’s all we have for today on pet-friendly National Parks. There are many parks that allow pets and a handful that allow pets everywhere in the park. However, most do not allow our furry friends on hiking trails and restrict them to paved areas like parking lots, roads, and developed campgrounds.

If you’re looking for a specific area, you can check out our guide on the 10 best dog-friendly National Parks in the West.

If you decide to take your canine companion to a National Park, always be aware of their pet policy and follow the B.A.R.K. principles – Bag your pet’s waste, Always keep them on a leash, Respect wildlife, Know where you can go. It’s important to pack all essential gear that your dog might need on a hike. If you need a checklist, check out our dog hiking gear essentials.

Do you have a favorite National Park that you take your dog to? Let us know about your adventures in the comments below!

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