• Pets in the park must be leashed at all times.
On the South Rim
Leashed pets are allowed on named trails above the rim, Mather Campground, Desert View Campground, Trailer Village and throughout the developed areas. Going on a hike into the canyon? The South Rim has a Kennel. Learn more by watching a video.

Pets are NOT permitted

    • below the rim (which means on most trails)
    • on park buses
    • in park lodging
Yavapai Lodge has pet friendly rooms - otherwise plan on boarding your cat or dog at the South Rim Kennel.

Exceptions are made for service animals. See service animal definition. Persons wishing to take a service animal below the rim must check-in first at the Backcountry Information Center.

South Rim Kennel: (928) 638-0534
Operated by Xanterra Parks & Resorts.

Open Daily: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
For Retrieval after 5:00 p.m. contact Xanterra Fire & Safety (928) 638-2631

Pets are not permitted in most guestrooms in the lodges on the South Rim and must be boarded at the kennel. The kennel accepts dogs and cats only, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily and reservations are recommended (especially for the summer months and holidays). Pets are accepted for day or overnight boarding and food is included.

Proof of vaccination must be provided upon entering the kennel.

  • Dogs need proof of current inoculation against rabies, DHLP, bordetella, and parvo.
  • Cats need proof of current inoculation against rabies, feline leukemia, and distemper combo (FDVR).
The park kennel is located at the South Rim near Maswik Lodge.


On the North Rim
Pets are not allowed on the North Rim, other than on the bridle trail (greenway) that connects the lodge with the North Kaibab Trail, and the portion of the Arizona Trail that continues north from there to the park entrance station. There is no kennel on the North Rim.

At Tuweep, Pets must be leashed, and restricted to established and open roads, and the campground.



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: November 1, 2017

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