Pictograph Pets On Leash

Pets are welcome at Wind Cave National Park within the following limits.

At all times pets must be restrained on a leash no longer than six feet in length. Leashes protect dogs from becoming lost and from potential encounters with wildlife as well as protecting park wildlife and plants.

  • Pets should not be left unattended. Summer sunshine poses a threat to pets left in vehicles. On a sunny day, even in temperatures as low as 60° F, temperatures inside a vehicle can reach dangerous levels. On an 85-degree day the temperature inside a car –even with the windows cracked –can reach over 100 degrees within 10 minutes.
  • Pet owners are responsible for removing pet waste from campgrounds, picnic areas, parking lots, roads, and other developed areas.
  • Pets are not permitted in the back-country areas of the park. This includes areas near park roadways and most of the trails –see below for exceptions.

Where CAN I go with my pet?

Where CAN'T I go with my pet?

  • Ranger-led programs and Cave Tours
  • Public buildings, including the visitor center
  • The backcountry or trails except those listed above

Pet Boarding in Hot Springs and Custer:

  • Fall River Veterinary Clinic 605-745-3786 Must have proof of vaccinations.
  • Mutt House 605-745-3999 Pets must be dropped off before 11:00 AM.
  • Anise's Personal Touch Pet Care 605-745-7455

More Information

For more information about pet rules and regulations at Wind Cave, read the 36 Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) 2.15 in the Superintendent's Compendium.

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