Pets and owners have a special bond, but a national park is not always the best place for pets. Arches National Park is a designated natural area, and its purpose is to preserve and protect the park's natural environment, cultural resources, wildlife, and scenic beauty.
Pets are not allowed:
on any hiking trails, or anywhere off-trail, even while in a carrier
at any overlooks
in the visitor center or any building
Where Can I Take my Pet?
Leashed pets may accompany you in the following areas:
- Pets must be leashed at all times.
- Leashes must be 6 feet (1.8 meters) long or less.
- Pets may not make excessive noise that impacts visitors or wildlife.
- Pet excrement must be immediately collected by the pet handler and disposed of in the nearest trash receptacle.
- Leaving a pet unattended and tied to an object (other than your own parked vehicle) is prohibited.
- Pets may not be left unattended in vehicles if it creates a danger to the animal or if the animal becomes a public nuisance.
- Pets may not be led by a leash from a bicycle or vehicle.
Why Can't I Have my Dog on Trails?
- The mere presence of pets alters the natural behavior of wildlife, which can have devastating consequences. Dogs are predators that can chase, scare and transmit diseases to local wildlife. Even their lingering scent can disrupt an animals’ natural movement and behavior. In such a harsh desert environment, expending energy in this way threatens the survival of species that the park aims to protect.
- Pets can disturb or destroy natural resources, such as native plants and fragile desert soils. Sensitive cultural and archeological sites may be inadvertently damaged by inquisitive pets.
- The safety of your pet should be a top priority. Arches is a harsh desert environment with many hazards, including sharp rocks, cliff edges, rattlesnakes and scorpions that can harm your pet. Dogs can easily become the hunted. Your pet may become prey for wildlife like coyotes and mountain lions.
- Not all visitors are comfortable around pets. Dogs can bite humans. Even if your pet follows instructions and is well behaved, others do not know this and may feel uneasy when encountering you. Park visitors should be able to enjoy the park without the disruptions caused by others’ pets.
Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals
Service animals that have been individually trained to perform specific task(s) for the benefit of an individual with a disability are allowed in the park. The tasks performed by the animal must be directly related to the person’s disability.
Therapy, companion, or comfort animals are not service animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act and may not access visitor centers, trails or other non-motorized areas. Owners of service dogs must comply with pet waste and restraint regulations, unless restraint specifically interferes with the task the dog is trained to perform.
Pet owners violating park regulations may be cited, fined, and/or issued a mandatory appearance before the United States Magistrate Court.
Pet Friendly Alternatives Outside of Arches National Park
If you'd like to hike on trails with your pets, there are many options outside Arches National Park, including: