You Can Bring Dogs to These 5 National Parks This Summer

Posted by Mateja Lane
National Parks

A lot of national parks around the country don't allow dogs. Luckily, these 10 are dog-friendly!

It seems counter-intuitive for a dog not to be allowed entry in such a wild place as a national park. But many parks have their reasons for dog restrictions; some parks may have predators like mountain lions or bears that could be a threat to your pet, others may have conservation initiatives and your dog could present a threat to rehabilitating species like birds or small mammals.

While the reasons for prohibiting dogs in protected places are valid, it is still frustrating to plan a summer camping trip and find out your dog is not allowed.

Luckily there are 5 amazing national parks across the country that are dog-friendly and waiting for your summer visit.

Pack your camping gear!

1. Redwood National and State Parks

2. Rocky Mountain National Park

3. Zion National Park

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Summer can be a magical season, full of hot, lazy days by the river, ice cream for dinner, and best of all, waterfalls...at least in the desert. However, there is a dangerous side to summer in Zion-the monsoon. • The monsoon commonly occurs from July through September, when warm, moist air is pushed up from the south. As the day heats up, large thunderstorms can form and send torrential rains hurtling down. • Beautiful, ephemeral waterfalls appear when it rains and vanish just as quickly. However, rain can lead to something much more dangerous--flash floods. Flash floods can and have been deadly and you do not want to be in a narrow canyon (like the Narrows) when a flood hits. • Before hiking the Narrows or going canyoneering, make sure to check the weather and flash flood potential at the Visitor Center. For more information about flash floods and their dangers, visit our website: https://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/flash-flood.htm • #Zion #nationalpark #monsoon #flashflood #danger #planaheadandprepare #checkaforecast #turnarounddontdrown

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4. Crater Lake National Park

5. Cape Cod National Seashore

Most national parks have designated trails for pets on leash. Some are more lenient than others but know that if you do get caught with a dog in a prohibited area there are some hefty fees that the ranger can issue.

There are reasons for all national park rules; they are just trying to keep all their visitors, even the four-legged ones, safe!

Now, hurry up and reserve that camping site! Your dog is waiting to see the vast natural places our country has protected.

Taking your dogs on hiking trails in the backcountry at national parks still has guidelines! For your safety and your dog's safety, you need to keep them on a leash. There are miles of trails that may be dangerous. Any wilderness area may have wildlife lurking that your dog shouldn't come into contact with while you're hiking.

Dog owners need to follow pet policies and should check the sites for any pet-friendly national park before they go! This includes hot springs, lakes, bike paths, picnic areas, and make sure you have a kennel for your dog in case you need it! Every national forest has its own rules. Hikers may want to check the rules if they have a service dog too.

The national park service is a great resource.

You can also talk to the Bark Ranger! Learn the B.A.R.K. principles so you and your pet can have a safe and fun visit anytime you go to a national park.

Other places to research include the South Rim Trail, Ross Lake, Blue Ridge, Yellowstone National Park, the Sequoias, the Great Sand Dunes National Park, the Pacific Crest Trail, Mammoth Cave National Park, Yosemite National Park, the Grand Canyon National Park, and the Acadia National Park.

What National Parks have you been to with your dog? Tell us in the comments below. 

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You Can Bring Dogs to These 5 National Parks This Summer