The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a service animal as a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability. Service animals are permitted in government buildings and on park trails.
The Department of Justice published revised regulations implementing the ADA rules for title II (State and local government services) and title III (public accommodations and commercial facilities) on September 15, 2010, in the Federal Register. These rules clarify issues and contain updated requirements for service animals, including the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design. This Service Animal Policy DOJ 7 11 (174 KB PDF) is available online.
We recognize the passion many pet owners have with their pets on family adventures. We also understand the concerns that many pet owners express on the availability of pet-friendly areas within park boundaries. There are many reasons that national parks have restrictions on pets. Concerns at Devils Tower include the safety of park visitors, the safety of pets from environmental hazards (i.e. porcupines, mothers protecting young, and insects), and the protection of the resources. Some pets are considered predators to park animals and cause stress to park wildlife.
The Crook County Veterinary Service (307-283-2115) in Sundance, WY will board dogs for the day. Boarding facilities are also available in Gillette, WY, and Spearfish, SD.
Last updated: May 3, 2019