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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. Just as importantly, Craters of the Moon is a hazardous place for pets. The park's rough lava terrain can be uneven and hot, with many cracks and sharp edges that pose a danger to pets' paws. The surface of the dark rocks can reach 150°F (65°C) or more in the summer!
Last updated: July 18, 2022