Pets at Black Canyon

A black dog with a red leash walking down a forested trail
Leashed dogs are permitted on the Rim Rock Trail between the South Rim Campground and visitor center.

NPS/Sophie Krautmann

Bringing a pet to Black Canyon of the Gunnison may limit your activities. Protect your pet, park wildlife, and other visitors by following these regulations:

  • Leashed pets are permitted in picnic areas, campgrounds, and parking lots, on paths to overlooks, and along roads currently open to vehicles.
  • Leashed pets are only permitted on the Rim Rock Trail and on the North Rim Chasm View Nature Trail.
  • Pets are prohibited on all other hiking trails, inner canyon routes, within the wilderness, or on snowshoe/cross country skiing trails.
  • Leashes must be a maximum of six feet (1.8 m) in length.
  • Pet owners must bag and dispose of pet waste immediately. Do not leave bags along the trail for pick up later.
  • Owners are responsible for their pet's behavior at all times. Fines may be given for pets that disturb wildlife or other visitors.
  • Pets may not be left unattended or tied to an object.
  • Pets may remain in vehicles for short periods of time (i.e. overlooks), but we recommend someone staying with them to ensure well being. Pets overheating in vehicles, even with windows cracked, is possible.

Boarding Services

There are no kennels in the park. Boarding services can be found in the nearby communities of Montrose, Olathe, and Gunnison.

Service Animals

Please visit the National Park Service's webpage for detailed information on bringing service animals to NPS sites.

Last updated: May 21, 2024

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Mailing Address:

102 Elk Creek
(GPS/physical address = 9800 Highway 347, Montrose, CO)

Gunnison, CO 81230



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