We gladly welcome well-behaved pets to the park! Pets are allowed anywhere outdoors, provided they are properly restrained. Service animals are permitted inside the visitor center.

If your pet would like to become a B.A.R.K. ranger, stop by the visitor center's entrance desk and show the ranger photos or videos of your pet following all the principles of B.A.R.K. Your pet will earn a special keepsake prize!

Illustration courtesy of Gateway Arch Park Foundation, featuring 2021 B.A.R.K. Superintendent, Gus

B.A.R.K. Ranger Principles

B = Bag Your Poo

Keep our park a clean and healthy place to visit. Trash containers are located throughout the park. Please remember that dog feces is not a natural fertilizer. Runoff from dog feces can contaminate our park and can also spread diseases such as parvovirus, giardia, and roundworms.

A = Always Wear a Leash

Even a well-behaved dog can behave unpredictably when visiting an unfamiliar environment. Please stay on a leash no more than 6 feet long at all times. This keeps everyone safe.

R = Respect Wildlife

You are visiting the homes of other animals when walking around the park, so please be respectful. No chasing any squirrels, rabbits, opossums, or other creatures you may encounter.

K = Know Where You Can Go

Pets are allowed in all the outdoor areas of the park, but only service animals can go inside buildings. Dogs may not swim in the reflecting pools or root around in garden beds. Pets should never be left unattended anywhere in the park. Pets should also never be left unattended in vehicles, especially during summer.

Five pictures of two dogs in various locations within Gateway Arch National Park.
Molly and Leila, our 2022 B.A.R.K. Superintendents, model some of their favorite photo spots in the park.

Photos used with permission from @lifewithmollyandleila on Instagram

a woman holds a black cat who is wearing a bandana and a leash. The gateway arch is in the background.
Don't be feline left out! Adventurous kitties like Zeb, pictured, are also welcome outdoors at the park and at our summer B.A.R.K. Ranger events. Cats must be restrained on leashes or in strollers.

NPS Photo.

2024 B.A.R.K. Ranger Events

All events will be held outdoors and all will meet at the entrance plaza. Events will be cancelled or rescheduled in case of inclement weather.

Sunday, June 16th at 10am. Landscape Walk. Join NPS staff to learn the history of Dan Kiley's iconic design, which has been widely celebrated as a triumph of mid-century modern landscape architecture and has been deemed a National Historic Landmark. We will also learn about changes to the landscape since its installation, especially in the North Gateway area.

Sunday, July 21st at 10am. Puppuccino Crawl. Dogs get to enjoy a pup cup while we stroll the grounds.

Sunday, August 18th at 10am. Dog Art. Create a special piece of art with your pet. All materials will be provided.

Sunday, September 15th at 10am. Dog First Aid and Health chat with Jenny Dove. Jenny is a PetTech Certified Pet First Aid and CPR Instructor and currently works as the Education Coordinator at Kennelwood Pet Resorts. Attend with or without your pet.

Saturday, September 28th at 10am. Picnic in the Park. Celebrate National Public Lands Day by bringing some snacks and enjoying a picnic in the park. Remember dogs must remain leashed.

Sunday, October 20th at 10am. Pet Costume Parade. Dress up your pets and show them off in a parade around the Arch.

Last updated: May 21, 2024

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