Pets are welcome at Dinosaur National Monument, but as a unit in the National Park Service there are several regulations regarding pets that are enforced within the park. Pets are not allowed in any of the buildings, on most hiking trails within the monument, along the Green or Yampa Rivers, or in the monument's backcountry. Pets are allowed on the Cold Desert Trail, Plug Hat Trail, Iron Springs Bench Overlook Trail and Echo Park Overlook Trail. These trails are all located on the Colorado side of the monument off the Harpers Corner Road. Pets are not allowed on the Ruple Point or Harpers Corner Trails. Pets must be restrained on a leash no longer then 6 feet long and may not be left unattended. Service dogs are allowed, as granted by law. Pet excrement must be picked up and disposed of properly.
Dinosaur National Monument weather is semi-arid with hot summers. There is little to no shade. Please do not leave your pets in vehicles during hot weather. The internal temperature of a vehicle can soar to dangerous levels in a manner of minutes. Nearby local communities may have kennels for your pets. Contact local organizations to locate a kennel.
How "Service Animal" Is Defined
This definition does not affect or limit the broader definition of "assistance animal" under the Fair Housing Act or the broader definition of "service animal" under the Air Carrier Access Act.
Some State and local laws also define service animal more broadly than the ADA does. Information about such laws can be obtained from the State attorney general's office.
Where Service Animals Are Allowed
Service Animals Must Be Under Control
Inquiries, Exclusions, Charges, and Other Specific Rules Related to Service Animals
Did You Know?
Do you know the difference between a petroglyph (pictured here) and a pictograph? Petroglyphs are images pecked into rock while pictographs are painted images. Dinosaur National Monument preserves both forms of Native American rock art.