• Pets in the park must be leashed 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 the developed areas.

    Going on a hike into the canyon?
    The South Rim has a Kennel. Learn more...

    Pets are NOT permitted
    • below the rim - also called the "inner canyon"
    • on park buses
    • in park lodging
      dogs and cats must be boarded in the kennel
      (With the exception of those staying with their owners in a pet friendly room at Yavapai Lodge West)

Exception are also made for service animals. (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 also not permitted in guestrooms in any of the Grand Canyon National Park Lodges 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 other than 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.


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

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 129
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023


(928) 638-7888
This is the main phone number for general park questions.

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