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 Willow Flat and 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 following kennels offer boarding services in Moab:

Karen's Canine Campground
2781 S. Roberts
(435) 259-7922

Moab Veterinary Clinic
4575 Spanish Valley Drive
(435) 259-8710

Service Animals

Service animals are allowed everywhere at Canyonlands. Service animals are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA. Read more about service animals at

We recommend that you identify your working service animal, such as with a vest. Identification is not required, but helps prevent unwarranted "dog on trail" complaints from other people. There are no plastic bags provided at trailheads for waste products, so please bring your own. There are very few places to get water in the park. Plan on bringing your own.

Read more about accessibility in the park.

Last updated: April 7, 2017

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2282 Resource Blvd.
Moab, UT 84532



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