Pets at Grand Canyon National Park

With 12 miles of trails on the South Rim where dogs can go, Grand Canyon National Park is one of the most pet friendly of all the National Parks. So, if you are coming to the Grand Canyon know that you and your pets are welcome.

There are a few rules that you will need know to ensure that your visit with your four-legged companion to the Canyon is safe and enjoyable. Most are the common dog rules, such as you must accompany your pet(s) at all times, they must be on a six-foot leash (1.8 meters), and you must clean up after them.

Leashed pets are allowed on trails above the rim, Mather Campground, Desert View Campground, Trailer Village, Yavapai Lodge West Pet Friendly Rooms and throughout developed areas.

But there is always a few places that Dogs are not permitted:

  • Below the rim, also called the “inner canyon”. There is wildlife down there and we don’t want dogs to harass them or be endangered by the wildlife below the rim
  • On park buses, however, service dogs are allowed
  • In park lodging, with the exception of those staying with their owners in a pet friendly room at Yavapai Lodge West.

visitgrandcanyon-pg-yavapai-lodge-west-pet-friendly-roomYavapai Lodge West has a “Pets in the Park” package that includes:

  • Pet friendly room
  • Loaner kennel
  • Loaner leash
  • Loaner food & water dishes in room
  • Dog treats
  • Waste bags

To make a reservation for a pet friendly room – Book Pet Room

It is a good idea to plan ahead and make sure you know your dog and plan accordingly. How far can your dog hike and how hot it is out there, bring water and a collapsible bowl.

If you are going on a hike into the Canyon, the South Rim has a Kennel that will accept dogs and cats only, from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm daily and reservations are recommended. You can make reservations at 928-638-0534 and proof of vaccination will be required to place your pets in the kennel.

The National Park Service has created a great video that reviews pets in the park as well as a few tips on where to take your pet. This video can be viewed at –View NPS Video

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