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. See the pet brochure for a map and additional safety and regulations information.
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.
- You are responsible for clean-up and disposal of all pet feces.
- Pets must be kept under physical control at all times - caged, crated, or restrained on a leash not to exceed six feet in length.
- Pets are prohibited in the backcountry and on park trails.
- Pets are prohibited from public buildings and swimming beaches, except for guide dogs.
- Pets are prohibited from riding in boats on park waters, except for Jackson Lake.
- Pets must stay within 30 feet of any roadway.
- Pets must not be left unattended and/or tied to an object.
- Pets are prohibited from making unreasonable noise or frightening wildlife.
- Pets running-at-large may be impounded and their owner charged for the care and feeding.
- Pets are not allowed on the park's multi-use pathway.
- Service animals used for the sole purpose of aiding a person with a disability are permitted, but should be clearly marked as a working animal. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.
Seasonal Road Closures and Pets
From November 1 through April 30 every year the park closes portions of the Teton Park Road, Antelope Flats and Moose-Wilson Road to motorized traffic, allowing for public recreation.
Leashed dogs are permitted on the Teton Park, Antelope Flats, and Moose-Wilson roads, as well as other park roadways. Dogs are restricted to roads and turnouts - they are not permitted to travel more than 30 feet from roadbeds, or into the park's backcountry. Owners are required to keep pets on a leash (six foot maximum length). Mutt Mitt stations are in place at the Taggart Lake Trailhead parking area. Pet owners are required to pick up after their dogs and dispose of the waste properly.
Kennels and Pet SittersIf 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.