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A dog being walked on a leash on pavement behind as stone wall in front of Grand Canyon.
On the South Rim, leashed pets are allowed on trails above the rim.

Grand Canyon National Park was established:

"To preserve an amazing variety of landscapes, plants and wildlife and to provide a place for people to enjoy wilderness."

Pets are not allowed below the canyon rim.

  • Inner canyon trails are narrow and well-travelled. Pets can be unpredictable on a trail. Hikers, runners or mules can spook pets and cause an accident.

  • Pets can harass or harm wild animals by making noise, chasing them or catching them.

  • Pets can damage the ground and plants by digging or rolling.

  • Pets can attract predators such as cougars or coyotes looking for easy meals.

 

Where can I visit with my pet?

To help everyone enjoy the park and for the safety of you, your pet, and park wildlife, the following regulations apply in Grand Canyon National Park. Rules differ on neighboring national forest, state, and tribal lands.

  • Pets must be leashed (up to 6 feet) at all times.

On the South Rim

  • Leashed pets are allowed on trails above the rim, Mather Campground, Desert View Campground, Trailer Village, and throughout developed areas.
  • Yavapai Lodge is the only in-park lodge that has pet friendly rooms.

Pets are not permitted:

  • Below the rim (on inner canyon trails).
  • On park shuttle buses.
  • In park lodging, with the exception of those staying with their owners in a pet friendly room.

On the North Rim

  • Leashed pets are only allowed on the bridle trail (greenway) that connects the North Kaibab Trail, and the portion of the Arizona Trail north to the park entrance station. There is no Kennel on the North Rim.

At Tuweep

  • Leashed pets are only allowed on established roads and in the campground.
 

Tips for a great visit with your pet

  • Do not leave pets tied or unattended outside or in your vehicle.
  • Pet excrement must be immediately collected and disposed of in the nearest trash can.
  • During the summer, high temperatures and elevation can affect your pet. Ensure that your pet has enough water, snacks, and paw protection from the hot rim pavement.
 

Grand Canyon Kennel (South Rim) 928-638-0534

The Grand Canyon Kennel can provide a safe place for your furry friend to stay while you explore all Grand Canyon has to offer.

Located on the South Rim near Maswik Lodge, the Grand Canyon Kennel accepts dogs and cats only.

Pets will be accepted for day or overnight boarding, but must have proof of up-to-date vaccinations. Reservations for Grand Canyon Kennel are highly recommended, especially during summer months and holidays.

Required Vaccinations

Proof of vaccinations must be provided upon entering the kennel.

Dogs need proof of current inoculation for rabies, DHLP, bordetella, and parvo.

Cats need proof of current inoculation for rabies, feline leukemia, and distemper combo (FDVR). Feline leukemia vaccination proof is not required for indoor cats, with a doctor's note.

Hours of Operation (Summer 2021)

Grand Canyon Kennel services resumed on July 2, 2021. Services are limited to the following:

  • The Kennel is open Friday through Monday, 7:30 am — 5 pm.
  • Overnight boarding is available Friday through Sunday nights only.
  • On Mondays, the facility will be open for pick-ups and day boarding only.
  • The Kennel will be closed and not staffed Tuesday through Thursday.

Contact Information

During business hours: 928-638-0534

Owners picking up or dropping off outside of business hours must go in person to Maswik Lodge to make arrangements. For retrieval after 5 pm, contact Xanterra Fire & Safety at 928-638-2631.

 
A small, brown, dog wearing a service dog vest attached to a leash, with the owners feet in the background.
Tasks performed by service animals must be directly related to the handler's disability.

What Are Service Animals?

"Service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes of this definition.

The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the handler's disability. Examples of work or tasks include, but are not limited to, assisting individuals who are blind or have low vision with navigation and other tasks, alerting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to the presence of people or sounds, providing non-violent protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, assisting an individual during a seizure, alerting individuals to the presence of allergens, retrieving items such as medicine or the telephone, providing physical support and assistance with balance and stability to individuals with mobility disabilities, and helping persons with psychiatric and neurological disabilities by preventing or interrupting impulsive or destructive behaviors.

The crime deterrent effects of an animal's presence and the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks for the purposes of this definition."

- The Americans with Disabilities Act

Last updated: July 2, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 129
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

Phone:

928-638-7888

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