Pets are prohibited on trails, pathways, beaches, in buildings, and swimming in any park waters.
Pets and owners have a special bond. But a national park is not always the best place for pets. Grand Teton National Park is a designated natural area, and its purpose is to preserve and protect the park's natural conditions, scenic beauty, and wildlife.
Pet Safety & Regulations
To ensure that you and your pet enjoy a safe visit, follow all pet regulations while inside the park. Wildlife may be drawn to pets and their owners. Pets can wander away and may never be found. The park is a wild place. These regulations are enforced to protect you, park resources and other visitors.
Pets are allowed inside Grand Teton National Park, but they must be restrained at all times and are not permitted on hiking trails, inside visitor centers or other facilities. A good rule of thumb is that a pet may go anywhere a car may go: roads and road shoulders, campgrounds and picnic areas, parking lots, etc. Pets must be on a leash(six feet or less), under physical restraint, and within 30 feet of the roadway. Pets are not permitted on any park trails or in the park backcountry. Pets are not considered pack animals.
Places to go with your pet
Pets may accompany visitors in developed campgrounds, turnouts, and picnic areas. Pets may be walked along any roads that cars are permitted on. Yield to traffic. Pets are allowed in the surrounding Bridger-Teton National Forest trails and backcountry unless otherwise posted.
From November 1 through April 30 every year the park closes portions of the Teton Park Road to traffic, allowing for public recreation. Walk your pet in the designated pet walking lane. Do not allow your pet to destroy the groomed cross-country ski track when in place. Pick up after your pet. Dispose of pet waste in garbage cans. Pets may not be farther than 30 feet from the roadway.
Kennels and Pet Sitters
If you are planning on exploring areas of the park that are closed to pets, we recommend that you contact a local pet care provider. Commercial kennels and pet sitters are available in surrounding communities. Please check local listings. Reservations are strongly advised and may be required.
Service Animals are allowed in the park subject to regulations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Last updated: July 22, 2022