Service Animals

Profile of dog wearing service vest with sheep and mountains in background
Service animals, like "Bark Ranger" Gracie, have a job to do.

NPS

Service animals are allowed in national parks. For a definition of a service animal, please see the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) definition.

For information on four-footed friends that do not qualify as service animals, see the Pets page.

A service animal shall be under the control of its handler. A service animal shall have a harness, leash, or other tether, unless either the handler is unable because of a disability to use a harness, leash, or other tether, or the use of a harness, leash, or other tether would interfere with the service animal's safe, effective performance of work or tasks, in which case the service animal must be otherwise under the handler's control (e.g., voice control, signals, or other effective means).

A permit is required to take service animals on trails, however Glacier National Park does not recommend the use of service animals in the backcountry. Having a service animal in the backcountry puts you and the animal at increased risk for wildlife confrontations. Your safety and the safety of your animal are not guaranteed. Furthermore where domestic animals and wildlife overlap there is a possibility of exchanging diseases between the two groups.

Service Animals Permit Application

 

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PO Box 128
West Glacier, MT 59936

Phone:

(406) 888-7800

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