The Most Dog-Friendly National Parks in the U.S.

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The lovely outdoors, eh? The sun on your face, the wind at your back, and (ideally) a place to explore with your canine companion. While a stroll in the park may seem to be the most logical location in the world to bring a dog, most U.S. national parks have rigorous guidelines about whether and where dogs are permitted. Guidelines differ widely, so we’ve produced a list of each, ranked from most to least dog-friendly, to help you plan your next park excursion with your canine partner.

First, some general rules: always keep your pet on a six-foot (or shorter) leash, always bag and dispose of your dog’s waste, and never leave an animal alone in a closed car.

Miles of accessible trails, pet-friendly boarding, convenient kennel services, wildlife safety, travel limitations, alternate treks, and viewing access were among the criteria we considered to assess the parks.

Acadia National Park, Maine

Dogs rule Acadia. Except for steep, ladder-heavy paths like Beehive and Precipice, and gardens like Sieur de Monts, they’re permitted on 100 miles of trails and 45 kilometers of carriage roads. Also, since lakes are public water sources, there is no swimming (and no one is permitted to). Except for Duck Harbor, all campsites accept dogs.

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Shenandoah National Park has approximately 500 miles of hiking trails, just 20 of which are pet-friendly. This implies that the 115.5 miles of the Appalachian Trail that pass through the park are open to a dog-friendly thru-hike. Not only that, dogs are allowed in all campgrounds and in pullouts along the famous 105-mile Skyline Drive, an ideal road trip where Fido can feel the wind on his face.

Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Inside Petrified Forest, pets are allowed on all park trails and roads and in official wilderness areas, but they must always be kept on a six-foot leash and cannot enter buildings. If you’re a traveler, there’s no better location to watch the sunset with man’s best friend than in the park’s northern Painted Desert.

New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, West Virginia

Dogs are permitted on all paths inside America’s newest national park and preserve. Highlights include the 2.4-mile Endless Wall Trail, with fantastic vistas into the gorge, and the 3.2-mile Grandview Rim Trail. Sandstone and Brooks Falls are must-sees for waterfall enthusiasts. Pets are also permitted to accompany you to the crag (on a leash).

White Sands National Park, New Mexico

Unlike most national parks, White Sands allows pets basically anywhere people can go, except inside buildings, which means nine miles of trails and backcountry dune exploration to amble through with your furry friend. Just keep an eye out for hot sand to avoid scorching your dog’s paws.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio

Leashed dogs are accepted on Cuyahoga’s 110 miles of trails, which include 20 miles of the multi-use Towpath Trail. Just avoid the East Rim mountain biking area, park structures, and the Scenic Railroad. This midwestern park takes you through ancient villages and gorgeous autumn colors.

Wrangell–St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska

There seem to be fewer restrictions up north at times. At Wrangell–St. Elias, pets can visit the backcountry, trails, and the Kennecott Mines National Historic Landmark area, but they cannot enter visitor centers. That being said, the park recommends keeping your dog leashed at all times, because trapping is common in the national preserve.

Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky

Though pets are not permitted in the caves or cave buildings, Mammoth Cave Lodge runs a kennel for to house your pup when you go on a cave tour. In addition, the park’s Woodland Cottages include pet-friendly accommodations, and the campsite is pet-friendly. After you’ve toured the cave, you and your leashed dog may explore over 70 kilometers of surface-level paths.

Congaree National Park, South Carolina

Let’s go on all of Congaree’s pathways, including the famed boardwalk. Pets are also permitted in the park’s campsites. And Carolina Outdoor Adventures welomes dogs that fit and stay in kayaks on its guided trips.

Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas

Hot Springs, like many other more urban national parks, is particularly dog friendly. Leashed pets can trek all 26 miles of trails, and pet-waste stations are located on both ends of Bathhouse Row, as well as in the campground. Pets are not permitted inside park structures or bathhouses.

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Pets are permitted on all of the popular trails above the Grand Canyon’s South Rim, including the 13-plus-mile Rim Trail, which offers spectacular views of the rust-colored canyon.

Pets can’t ride shuttle buses or go below the rim but are welcome at both Mather and Desert View Campgrounds, as well as at Trailer Village and throughout developed areas. Pet-friendly accommodations are available at the Yavapai Lodge. If you wish to trek into the canyon, you may leave your dog at the South Rim Kennel. On the North Rim, pets can walk the Bridle Path (greenway) and the portion of the Arizona Trail that runs to the entrance station. There is no kennel on this side.

Yosemite National Park, California

Dogs are permitted in all constructed areas as well as on paved roads, sidewalks, and cycling paths at Yosemite, including the 11.5-mile Yosemite Valley Loop Trail, which passes past Yosemite Falls, El Capitan, the Merced River, and Bridalveil Fall. Pets are welcome to roam the 2.25-mile Wawona Meadow Loop, as well as all campsites except walk-ins (such as Camp 4) and group sites.

Pets are not allowed in buildings, shuttles, or lodges, although Yosemite Hospitality offers a kennel service if you wish to hike a dirt route or backpack overnight.

North Cascades National Park, Washington

Most North Cascades routes are off-limits to dogs, but the handful that are are spectacular. Pets are welcome along all 18 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail in the park and are allowed in the adjoining Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas, giving you plenty of room to adventure. Pets may wander the few miles of national forest that surround the North Cascades Highway, making a few famous. North Cascades paths are ideal for an afternoon adventure.

Olympic National Park, Washington

Most Olympic trails are not dog-friendly; however, the park has gone to great efforts to designate a handful that are—and some are rather fantastic. Pets are permitted on the first half-mile of Rialto Beach as well as the beaches between the Hoh and Quinault Reservations. They may also use the Peabody Creek, Madison Falls, Spruce Railroad, and July Creek Loop Trails. Rejoice, campers! Fido is welcome in all park campsites, picnic areas, and dirt and asphalt roads.

Gateway Arch National Park, Missouri

It might not have the allure of some of America’s wilder national parks—no Half Dome or craggy peaks here—but Gateway Arch is an impressive sight on its own, and leashed pets are welcome on the park’s many paved routes, including the winding 1.6-mile Gateway Arch National Park Trail and the extensive Riverfront Trail. Leashed dogs are welcome on the one-hour picturesque riverboat trips. Just don’t take your pet within the arch.

Indiana Dunes National Park, Indiana

Leashed dogs are welcome on several of Indiana Dunes’ beaches and in Lake Michigan. Check the dates before you go, though: dogs are not permitted on some beaches from Memorial Day through Labor Day. They may, however, visit every beach east of the nearby Indiana Dunes State Park, as well as all trails and beaches inside the state park, all year long. Except for Great Marsh, Pinhook Bog, and Glenwood Dunes, dogs are permitted on all national park trails. The 0.7-mile Dune Ridge Trail is recommended.

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado

Dune-loving doggos will adore this Colorado destination, as pets are permitted to play on the massive, sandy hills up to the first high ridge, allowing for miles of off-trail exploration. After that, they may cool down in Medano Creek. Just keep an eye on the temperature when the afternoon sun rises—it may reach 150 degrees in the summer. Away from the dunes, pets are welcome on the Dunes Overlook Trail and the Mosca Pass Trail, as well as at the developed campground and all picnic areas.

Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

Pets are allowed to play on the huge, sandy slopes up to the first high ridge at this Colorado resort, allowing for miles of off-trail adventure. After that, they may cool down in Medano Creek. Just keep an eye on the temperature when the afternoon sun rises—it may reach 150 degrees in the summer. Pets are welcome away from the dunes on the Dunes Overlook Trail and the Mosca Pass Trail, as well as the constructed campsite and all picnic spots.

The PCT runs through the park for 33 miles, providing you and your pet plenty of alternatives for overnight camping. If you’re looking for those sapphire-hued lake vistas, you’ll want to leash up your pooch and take them for a stroll along the park’s quarter-mile paved promenade at Rim Village. Leashed dogs are permitted at the Mazama Village campsite and within 50 feet of any paved area, so feel free to circle the lake with your pet and enjoy those lovely pullouts.

Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota

As one of the few water-based national parks in the system, bringing your dog along for the voyage up to Voyageurs may seem illogical, but dogs are permitted in all front-country campsites inside the park as well as on private boats. Ebel’s Houseboats ($50 per pet, maximum of two) is a terrific dog-friendly choice for families to go out and about in the park.

Zion National Park, Utah

Only a handful of the country’s most popular national parks allow dogs on its trails, and Zion’s one pet-friendly route is spectacular. Furry companions are welcome on the spectacular 3.4-mile Pa’rus Trail, which borders the Virgin River and has epic views into Zion Canyon. Pets can also share campgrounds and picnic areas, along with all public roads and the grounds of Zion Lodge. If you want to embark on a longer excursion inside the park, dog boarding is available nearby.

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Pets are welcome on all paved roads, pullouts, and campgrounds at Bryce Canyon, but they are also welcome (leashed) along the paved shared-use path between the park entrance and Inspiration Point, as well as the breathtaking one-mile (round-trip) path between Sunrise and Sunset Points, which offers some of the park’s best canyon views.

Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Alaska

Lake Clark is dog-friendly, and dogs are permitted on all trails—if you can get them there. Just making it out to this remote sanctuary requires a small commercial or privately chartered flight from Anchorage. Be aware of the dangers of taking a dog into the Alaskan wilderness. Wolves, grizzly bears, and moose are all incredibly dangerous to both humans and pets, and dogs should be kept on a leash at all times.

Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

There are a few dog-friendly routes near Capitol Reef’s core hub, such as the magnificent hike from the visitor center to the Fruita Campsite and along the Fremont River Trail from the campground to Hattie’s Field. Pets may now enter unlocked orchards, so you can realize your fruit-picking fantasies with Fido by your side. Summer through October, check the orchard map to discover what’s in season. All automobile campsites, even basic choices like Cedar Mesa and Cathedral Valley, accept dogs.

If you’re looking for a lengthy walk, you’ll be happy to know that dogs are welcome on any paved and dirt roads available to public cars (which Capitol Reef has plenty of), both graded and off-road. Take your dog for a walk on the rough end of the beautiful scenic road or down Notom Bullfrog Road to get a sense of the magnitude of the 100-mile-long Waterpocket Fold.

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Pets are allowed everywhere a vehicle is allowed at Badlands, which means you and your dog may travel the Badlands Loop Road and take in all of the spectacular views of the Wall formation. They are also allowed on dirt byways, like the Old Northeast Road near popular Cedar Pass, a great place to get away from the highway noise. Just stay away from prairie dog habitats like Sage Creek Campground and Roberts Prairie Dog Town.

Death Valley National Park, California and Nevada

Pets are not permitted on trails or in backcountry sections of Death Valley, as they are in most parks (yes, this includes boardwalks and paved trails). However, the park itself has a multitude of dirt roads with amazing views of the craggy mountains that are just as enjoyable for walking your dog as singletrack.

The park recommends 20 Mule Team Canyon, Devils Golf Course Road, Cottonwood-Marble Access Road, Mustard Canyon Road, Titus Canyon Road, and the Father Crowley Point spur road, all of which provide spectacular views of Death Valley’s famous features: colorful badlands, rocky canyons, and crumbling geological oddities. Snuggle up with your pet in any of the park’s established campsites at night.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado

Wind your way through the sinister-looking Black Canyon with your dog as your copilot. Pets are permitted on park roads, campsites, and all pullouts, as well as on a few trails such as the Cedar Point Nature Trail, North Rim Chasm View Nature Trail, and Rim Rock Trail. Check the park website before you go: dogs are forbidden on the Rim Rock Trail and in certain parts of the South Rim Campground throughout the summer (about June 1 to August 15) owing to possibly hostile deer.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina and Tennessee

When visiting Great Smoky Mountains, it’s helpful to know you can bring pets to campgrounds, picnic areas, and along roads, but not on any dirt trails. The famed Cades Cove Loop Road, which is car-free on summer Wednesdays, is one of the greatest routes for dog walking. The park also has a lot of overlooks along its beautiful roadways, which is a great opportunity to see the autumn colors. If you’re dying to get out on a trail, pets can walk two that are multi-use: the 1.9-mile (one-way) Gatlinburg Trail and the 1.5-mile (one-way) Oconaluftee River Trail.

Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska

If you’re planning to bring your dog to this Alaskan park, know that adventure options here will be limited. Pets on leash are welcome to access Denali Park Road and two pathways near the park entrance: the Roadside Trail and the cycling path. Pets are permitted in park campsites, but must be tied and supervised at all times owing to wildlife concerns. Want to spend the day visiting the park on one of its famous green buses? There are dog-boarding choices nearby.

Joshua Tree National Park, California

While dogs are not permitted on park trails or in the wilderness, they are allowed within 100 feet of roads, picnic spots, and campsites. Some of the park’s most famous crags are situated inside popular campsites, which means your dog may possibly stay around while you climb if you have a companion or two to keep them under control. Joshua Tree has multiple graded dirt roads that are equally as enjoyable as a singletrack hike with your dog. Geology Tour Road, Queen Valley Road, and Desert Queen Mine Road are three of our favorites. If you wish to embark on a longer walk during your stay, nearby villages provide boarding possibilities.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

Bring your dog onto the roads and walkways, as well as picnic sites and campers in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Enjoy all 36 miles of the South Unit’s Scenic Loop Drive, stopping for sights and bathroom breaks along the way. Another great place to roam with your dog is the sidewalk near the Painted Canyon Visitor Center, an ideal place to take in epic sunsets and the painted badlands. Hikers may exit the park on onto the historic (and pet-friendly) Maah Daah Hey Trail from the town of Medora. If you’re wanting to venture out in the park on your own, kennel services are available.

Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota

Wind Cave is famous for its kilometers of golden meadow. Dogs are permitted on the Prairie Vista and Elk Mountain Campground Trails, as well as on the grassy areas near the visitor center. Pets are welcome to remain at the campsite, but they must not be left unattended. If you want to take a ranger-led excursion inside the cave, there are boarding choices in neighboring Hot Springs and Rapid City.

Yellowstone National Park, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming

Yellowstone is challenging for dog owners. While pets are not allowed on trails, boardwalks, in the backcountry, or in geothermal areas, they can accompany you within 100 feet of roads, campgrounds, picnic spots, and parking areas. Given that Yellowstone is such a large, road-trip-friendly park, there will be much for you to see even if you bring your dog. Take a scenic drive through Lamar Valley and look for bison or enjoy the scenery at Gibbon Falls. If you wish to go geyser gazing along the park’s various paths, boarding is also accessible in several places outside the park.

Glacier National Park, Montana

Pets are not permitted on any trails or in the wilderness of Glacier National Park, but they may accompany you on any of the scenic paved roads and at pullouts where you park. Front-country camping and picnic spots at Glacier are also dog-friendly. Because one of the most popular activities at this park is driving the well-known Going-to-the-Sun Road, you may still do so with your dog. If you wish to embark on a trek or an overnight hiking excursion, there are boarding options just outside the park.

Saguaro National Park, Arizona

Due to its highly sensitive ecosystem, only leashed pets are able to accompany you along roadways, in picnic areas (except Mam-A-Gah), and on paved pathways in Saguaro, like the 0.3-mile Desert Ecology Trail and the 0.4-mile Desert Discovery Trail. Pets should not be left in cars or tied up unsupervised, since this might save them from the intense heat. There are still lots of ways to view the park’s iconic huge saguaro cactus, whether you’re driving the West District’s Bajada Scenic Loop or the East District’s more famous Cactus Forest Scenic Loop. Saguaro is also close to Tucson, where there are several boarding choices.

Redwood National Park, California

Leashed dogs are welcome on Redwood’s beaches, built campsites, picnic spots, and roadways. However, if you want to take your dog for a stroll through old-growth woods, the park suggests Cal Barrel Road and Walker Road, both of which are situated in adjacent state parks.

Great Basin National Park, Nevada

Great Basin has strict pet rules: they’re not permitted on trails or in the backcountry, except when leashed on the trail from the town of Baker to the park’s visitor center and on the Lexington Arch Trail (where a four-wheel-drive vehicle is required). There are various dirt roads inside the park where you may exercise your dog, or just enjoy the views from the switchbacks of Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive and set up a picnic with your pet.

Big Bend National Park, Texas

In Big Bend, a basic rule of thumb is that your pet can only go where your automobile can go. You’re free to walk your dog along the park’s many dirt and paved roads, and they are welcome at car campsites. Dogs, on the other hand, are not permitted to stroll on park trails, enter the wilderness, or accompany you on the river. For individuals taking river vacations, kennel services are offered in adjacent cities. If you want to go hiking with your dog, Big Bend State Park is close and has pet-friendly pathways.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico

Though canines are not permitted on the trails, caverns, or in the wilderness, Carlsbad Caverns is nonetheless a dog-friendly park, owing to the concession-run kennel situated immediately next to the cavern entrance. This allows you to enjoy a one-to-two-hour cave tour while knowing your pet is secure at ground level.

Virgin Islands National Park, Virgin Islands

Surprisingly, leashed dogs are permitted on all routes in the Virgin Islands, even those near the sparkling beaches. However, due to its isolated location, transporting your dog to the park might be difficult. Follow state and municipal rabies certificate requirements, and make sure you’re permitted to travel with your pet.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas

Except for the three-quarter-mile Pinery Trail and the Pine Springs Campground Connector Trail, you cannot walk your dog on park trails or into the wilderness in Guadalupe Mountains. Despite this, visitors may still enjoy breathtaking vistas of the “peak of Texas” and vivid sunsets on the park’s west side. Consider taking a walk down the gravel road near the Salt Basin Dunes.

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

The pet regulations at Grand Teton are a bit strict. They’re not allowed on trails, in the wilderness, on multi-use paths, or near lakeshores. On Jackson Lake, though, they are permitted to ride inside boats. Fortunately, there are several roads with spectacular Teton views along which you may drive or walk your dog and still get a good feel of the park. For a walk, we suggest River Route or the road to Lupine Meadows Trailhead. Dogs are welcome at all campsites, turnouts, and picnic spots.

Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

The golden rule of Lassen is that dogs may go anywhere your automobile can go, so campsites, pullouts, and picnic spots are all fine locations to see Lassen Peak along the park’s 30-mile scenic roadway. Pets are not allowed on any hiking path, wilderness area, or body of water. Check out the Butte Lake area for a more rustic, forested experience.

Everglades National Park, Florida

Pets are normally not permitted in the Everglades, as they are in many of the lower-ranked parks on this list. Pets on leashes are accepted in picnic sites, rest stations, and aboard private boats touring the park. If you want to embark on a true adventure, some airboat tour providers will even allow you carry a small dog in a carrying case between your legs.

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Rocky Mountain takes its pet policy very seriously. You are not permitted to bring your dog on or off the route, or to walk them in the delicate meadow and tundra sections. Leashed dogs are permitted to roam the roads and parking lots and are welcome at all built campsites and picnic spots. Moraine Park, which is centrally placed, is a nice place to stretch your legs on a leisurely stroll and take in the scenery.

Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, Alaska

Gates of the Arctic’s low standing on this list has less to do with its pet-friendliness and more to do with accessibility and safety. Dogs are allowed all over this 8.4-million-acre expanse in northern Alaska, but visitors must be hypervigilant about wildlife hazards, and unrestrained pets are not permitted to kill wildlife. Finally, you’ll need to locate an airplane that can transport both you and your dog. Before flying, check with your charter company.

Kobuk Valley National Park, Alaska

Pet restrictions are tougher in this isolated wilderness park, as they are in Gates of the Arctic. However, transporting you and your dog to the place safely will be difficult. Before you leave, check with Brooks Range Aviation or phone the local aviation services.

Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

It’s a typical theme at this point on the list: dogs are not permitted on park trails or in the wilderness here, but they are permitted in campsites, picnic areas, and within 25 feet of paved roads, as they are in most parks. The Pacific Crest Trail, which runs along the park’s eastern border, is an exception to this regulation. Hikers who want to exercise their dog on the path may trek north or south from Chinook Pass.

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

Leashed dogs are welcome to explore Mesa Verde, particularly on established trails in the park’s Wetherill Mesa portion, which includes the five-mile Long House Loop. Pets are only permitted on paved streets, in parking lots, and at the campsite in other places. They are not permitted to access archaeological sites. If you want to embark on a ranger-led tour of the remains, Morefield Kennel is nearby.

Sequoia National Park, California

Due to wildlife and ecosystem concerns, in Sequoia and Kings Canyon, pets are only welcome along paved roads and in campgrounds, parking lots, and picnic areas. If you want to enjoy the big trees with your dog, visit the Crescent Meadow Picnic Area or take a picturesque drive down General’s Highway.

Kings Canyon National Park, California

Given that Kings Canyon is more of a backcountry park, we’ve nestled it here, right underneath its sister park, Sequoia. The same criteria apply. If you’re anxious to go out on the trail, the adjacent Sequoia National Forest accepts leashed dogs.

Pinnacles National Park, California

Pinnacles follows the car rule, meaning your pet can go anywhere a car goes, which includes paved roads, picnic areas, parking lots, and the campgrounds. Because there is no through road at this park, the park’s eponymous pinnacles are best observed while arriving from the west side.

Biscayne National Park, Florida

Although Biscayne is largely a water park, the terrain is surprisingly animal friendly. Pets are welcome on the grounds around the tourist center, which include mangroves and views of numerous tiny keys. Pets are also permitted to camp and trek with you on the built parts of Elliott Key as long as they are leashed.

Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska

Bring your dog to all areas of this national park and preserve with one exception: pets may not come to Brooks Camp or within five miles of Brooks Camp, due to high visitation. Those planning wilderness expeditions into the park are welcome to bring well-behaved dogs, but will almost certainly need to charter their own planes.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

If you can get around the state’s tight pet laws, Hawaii Volcanoes is a terrific place to take your dog on a road vacation. All paved roads, pullouts, and parking areas are dog friendly, so you can explore Crater Rim Drive and most of Chain of Craters Road relatively unhindered. Pets are also welcome to trek up Mauna Loa Road and visit Namakanipaio Campground.

Haleakala National Park, Hawaii

Dogs are not allowed on hikes at Haleakala, although they may be brought to asphalt parking areas and drive-up campsites and walked along paved walkways. This means you and Fluffy can enjoy some truly sweeping crater views from the Kalahaku Overlook, as well as the volcano’s iconic dawn glow.

Arches National Park, Utah

Arches has a stringent no-pet policy. Leashed pets are allowed on all park roads (both paved and unpaved), at picnic areas, and in the Devils Garden Campground, but that’s it. Pets are not allowed on the trails or at any overlooks. If you want to go on a trail adventure, boarding is accessible in neighboring Moab.

Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Canyonlands has a strict pet regulation, similar to Arches. Leashed dogs are permitted in the Willow Flat and Squaw Flat Campgrounds, as well as on the paved scenic routes and in the parking lots. Pets are not permitted on any backcountry roads, trails, or on the river (not even in your car). Dogs may be exercised on the Potash and Shafer Canyon Roads between Moab and Island in the Sky. If you want to embark on a greater adventure in the park, boarding is accessible in Moab.

Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska

In this southern Alaska park, you’re unable to bring Fido on any park trails, but you may walk the road to Exit Glacier and around the Nature Center parking lot. Pets are permitted in the park’s wilderness, but not on the shore between the mean high-tide line and a quarter-mile inland.

Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

If you’ve got a private charter or a permitted tour guide who’ll bring them, your pets are welcome to camp and hang out with you on Garden Key. They may not, however, enter Fort Jefferson. Please keep in mind that neither the commercial ferry nor the aircraft will transport your pet to the island, so prepare appropriately.

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska

Glacier Bay Park is not pet-friendly. Leashed dogs are only permitted within 100 feet of Bartlett Cove’s constructed sections and on the public-use pier. They may also stroll the beach between the Bartlett Cove Public Use Dock and the National Park Service Administrative Dock or sit aboard a private vessel in the water and watch those icy blue glaciers pass by.

National Park of American Samoa, American Samoa

If you want to bring your dog to this park, they must practically remain inside your car, save for occasional potty breaks along the roadway. Pets are not permitted in public buildings, bathing beaches, or trails inside the American Samoa National Park.

Isle Royale National Park, Michigan, and Channel Islands National Park, California

Pets of any type are not permitted in any of these island-based parks, even onboard boats in the ocean near the islands themselves. Service dogs, on the other hand, may enter both parks provided the proper documentation is completed.

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