Pets are welcome at Canyonlands, but activities with pets are very limited. Pets must be leashed at all times. Please clean up after your pet.

You may have your pet with you:

  • at Island in the Sky (Willow Flat) and The Needles (Squaw Flat) campgrounds
  • on paved scenic drives and parking lots
  • on the Potash/Shafer Canyon road between Moab and Island in the Sky

You may not have your pet with you:

  • at overlooks
  • on any hiking trails
  • anywhere in the backcountry
  • on the rivers
  • on any backcountry roads, even if it stays in your vehicle


The desert can be deadly for pets. Car temperatures rise quickly in the sun, even on cool days. Your pet can easily die of heat exhaustion. If you are leaving a pet in a car, crack the windows as much as possible and leave water to drink. We recommend you not leave pets in the car at all when temperatures are above 68°F (20°C), even with the windows cracked.

Pet Boarding

It may be easier to explore the park if you leave your pet at home or board it at a nearby kennel. The town of Moab has kennels with boarding service.

Other Local Services

Visit for a listing of nearby kennels, veterinarians, and other pet services.

Service Animals

Service animals are allowed in national parks. What is a service animal?

Service animals are permitted everywhere in Canyonlands. Owners are encouraged to identify their working service animal, such as with a vest. Identification is not required, but helps prevent unwarranted "dog on trail" complaints from other visitors. There are no plastic bags provided at trailheads for waste products, so please bring your own.

Read more about accessibility in the park.

Last updated: December 6, 2018

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Moab, UT 84532



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