While pets are allowed within Yellowstone, they are restricted to a few areas. Make sure you are familiar with Yellowstone's pet regulations before entering the park. You might want to leave your dog with a pet sitter for the day to fully enjoy the park without having to worry about your furry friend.
How pet friendly is Yellowstone?
Yellowstone National Park welcomes visitors to bring their pets with them into the park. But, unfortunately, pets are only allowed in limited areas including public areas, parking lots, campgrounds, and some cabin accommodations. They are not allowed on trails or in the backcountry. While it's hard for any dog owner to leave their furry friend with a pet sitter for the day, it is advisable as to avoid having to leave them in a hot car while enjoying the sites of Yellowstone.
What should I know about bringing my pet into Yellowstone?
- Pets are allowed in Public Areas, Parking Lots and within 100 feet of any road.
- Dogs must be on a 6ft leash.
- Pet owners are not allowed to leave pets unattended (i.e. tied up while the owner is inside a shop or in a kennel oustide of their vehicle).
- Dogs are allowed on the Old Faithful Boardwalk.
- Pet owners must clean up after their pets.
- If necessary, pets may remain in a vehicle while owners are viewing attractions. Be sure to provide sufficient ventilation for its comfort and survival.
- Pets are allowed in campgrounds (above restrictions apply).
- Dogs and cats are not allowed in hotel rooms but are welcome in some of the park lodging cabins. Call (307) 344-7901 for details on pet friendly lodging within the park.
Outside Park Boundaries
There are many kennels, pet sitters, and pet-friendly trails and lodging options outside of Yellowstone National Park. Kennels near Yellowstone.