Enjoying the Monument with Your Dog
Petroglyph National Monument allows dogs in Rinconada Canyon, Piedras Marcadas Canyon, and at the Volcanoes Day Use Area. Whether you share a run along the volcanoes or a quiet walk in Rinconada Canyon, always be aware of your surroundings and considerate of others. It takes a cooperative effort to make the park safe and enjoyable for everyone.
Dogs are welcome in Petrogylph National Monument, except at Boca Negra Canyon. Boca Negra Canyon is the most heavily visited area within the monument. Its short, partly paved trails are easy for seniors, for the physically challenged, and for young children to walk on. It becomes very crowded on the narrow trails and because of the congestion dogs are not allowed. If you want to visit Boca Negra Canyon we suggest you leave your dog at home.
Dogs are not allowed inside public buildings such as the visitor center, offices, and public restrooms.
Service dogs are those that assist people who have special accessibility needs. They are welcome throughout Petroglyph National Monument, provided that they are on a leash.
Why Your Dog Should Be on a Leash
Mission of the National Park Service
Petroglyph is one of 392 units of the federal national park system. The National Park Service mission is to assure the protection of natural and cultural resources, and provide for the enjoyment of those resources in such a way that leaves them unimpaired for future generations. With over 24,000 petroglyphs and hundreds of historic resources, Petroglyph National Monument faces serious challenges. To meet these challenges, we ask all visitors to minimize their impacts on park resources and on other visitors. When dog owners cooperate with city and federal park regulations, the impact of their dogs is minimal.
For the Protection of Park Wildlife and PlantsMany dogs chase and threaten wildlife. Your dog may scare birds or other wildlife away from nesting, feeding, and resting sites. The scent left behind by your dog can signal the presence of a predator to park wildlife, disrupting or altering their behavior. Digging may destroy an animal's home. Uncontrolled dogs can damage important rare native plants.
For the Safety of Other VisitorsUnleashed dogs and their excrement disturb visitors who come to enjoy the monument. Many people, especially children, are afraid of dogs, even friendly ones. Some fear being knocked over or bitten. Holes left behind by dogs can result in injury to park visitors.
For the Safety of Your Dog
Unfamiliar sights, sounds, and smells can disturb even the calmest and friendliest dog. Your dog may be lost, injured, or suffer a painful or even fatal fall. Wildlife may bite or transmit disease to your dog. Coyotes are known to trick loose dogs into chasing them, only to lead a dog to the coyote pack where it becomes dinner. Your dog may encounter a rattlesnake, or be exposed to poisonous plants or other plants that have thorns or burrs. On a leash and on a trail, your dog will be less likely to encounter these dangers.
It's the Law
Where dogs are permitted, federal law requires dogs to be on a leash, not to exceed six feet in length, in all units of the national park system. You may be cited and fined for violation of leash, wildlife and litter laws. (36 CFR Part 2).
When you bring your dog to the park, please remember to:
Petroglyph National Monument thanks you for being a responsible dog owner.
[Code of Federal Regulations]
TITLE 36-PARKS, FORESTS, AND PUBLIC PROPERTY
CHAPTER 1-NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
PART 2-RESOURCE PROTECTION, PUBLIC USE AND RECREATION-Table of Contents Sec. 2.15 Pets.