Pets in the Park
While visiting Death Valley with your pet, follow the rules of BARK:
B: Bag your pet's poop
Pet owners are responsible for the prompt removal and disposal of pet waste in trash receptacles. Poop can transmit disease to local wildlife populations.
A: Always wear a leash
Pets must be restrained on a leash no longer than 6 feet.
R: Respect wildlife
Pets can harass or harm wildlife by making noise or scaring wildlife away.
K: Know where you can go
Pets are welcome in developed areas; essentially wherever a car can go.
Pet safety considerations
Be careful where they sniff!
Venomous snakes, spiders, and scorpions use bushes and rocks for shelter and habitat.
Refrain from leaving pets unattended or leashed out-of-view in your campsite. Coyotes have snatched resting pets from under RVs and inside fenced areas!
Leaving pets in a parked vehicle here is very dangerous. Heat builds up quickly -- even in 70 degree outside air temperature, a car can quickly reach heat high enough to cause brain damage, heat illness, and even death.
Water and food bowls should be secured
Don't leave food or water unattended. This attracts coyotes and ravens. Place food bowls in your vehicle or camper during overnight hours.
Other public lands
Death Valley National Park is surrounded by public lands that have less restrictive rules regarding pets. Contact the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Ridgecrest, CA or Battle Mountain, NV and the U.S.Forest Service / Inyo National Forest in Lone Pine or Bishop, CA for current regulations.
Last updated: November 27, 2021