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Where Can Pets Go?
Pets must remain on a leash no longer than six feet. Pets are not allowed on any trails or in the visitor center even if they are carried. Pets may walk on the road, in the campground, and in parking areas. Please properly dispose of pet waste. Service dogs (those who are individually trained to perform a task for a person with a disability) are permitted to travel wherever people can go.
Why Aren't Pets Allowed on Trails or on the Lava?
Rules are in place to protect both wildlife and pets. The presence of pets and the scents they leave behind impact the behavior of wildlife. Pets can also introduce new diseases to the park like canine distemper and toxoplasmosis.
Last updated: September 23, 2023