The Most Dog-Friendly National Park
Walking your dog responsibly is a fun, healthy, and popular way to enjoy Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA). GGNRA provides trails, beaches, and open spaces for dogs -- and their owners! We are proud to be the only park in the National Park Service to designate any areas for off-leash dog use.
Please Watch Your Paws
GGNRA is home to more than 2,400 plant and animal species (37 of which are rare, threatened, or endangered) and countless cultural resources including American coastal fortifications and Native American artifacts. Please observe signs indicating where pets are permitted in the park to ensure that park resources will be around for future generations to appreciate and enjoy.
If you bring your pet to Golden Gate National Recreation Area, please protect your pet, other people, and park wildlife by abiding by these regulations:
Updated January 2018
Service animals accompanying a person with a disability, as defined by Federal law and Department of Justice regulations (Title 28 Code of Federal Regulations § 36.104), are allowed wherever visitors or employees are allowed. For more information on the DOJ ADA Revised Service Animal Regulations, please click here.
Federal Regulations That Apply to All Dog Walkers
The Code of Federal Regulations specifies infractions that are citable offenses. Following is a list of CFRs that apply to all pet owners.
36 CFR § 2.15 -
36 CFR § 2.1 - Possessing, destroying, injuring, defacing, removing, digging or disturbing wildlife, fish, plants or cultural or archeological resources (by person or dog).
36 CFR § 2.2 - Feeding, touching, teasing, frightening or intentional disturbing of wildlife nesting, breeding or other activities (by person or dog).
36 CFR § 2.34(a)(4) - Disorderly conduct (of on or off leash dog) which creates hazardous or physically offensive conditions
Last updated: January 8, 2018