An important part of our lives, pets provide us with companionship, love, and joy. Park regulations do not allow pets to join you on hiking trails, in the backcountry, or in park buildings. Instead, the park offers many great alternative areas to explore on a
"Why not take my pet with me?"
Wildlife sightings highlight national park visits for many visitors. Unfortunately, the mere presence of pets in the park alters their natural behavior. In national parks, the native wildlife has priority.
Leaving pets unattended or tied to an object is prohibited under 2.15 of 36 CFR. It can be lethal to leave your pet in your vehicle.
The 2010 revision to Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a “service animal” as an animal that has been 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.
Picnic Areas and Campgrounds
These areas offer many opportunities to experience the park’s diverse scenery with your pet. Pets are also permitted on the paved Oasis of Mara and Keys View trails. Be aware of hot sidewalks and pavement that will burn your pet’s feet—walk during the cooler parts of the day.
Unpaved roads offer spectacular scenery and a chance to immerse yourself in the desert landscape with your pet while following park regulations and protecting the park. Anywhere you can drive your vehicle, you can go with your leashed pet. Some unpaved roads require 4-wheel drive and/or high-clearance. Be prepared with food and plenty of water before beginning your trip. Most roads have pullouts or nearby parking areas where you may park and begin hiking. Keep alert for traffic and move out of the way of vehicles.
One-Way Distances: All Vehicles
One-Way Distances: 4-wheel Drive Roads
For more information, visit our Backcountry Roads page.
Boarding Your Pet
Boarding your pet will give you the freedom to explore the park freely and more thoroughly. Boarding information can be found online by searching in the local communities: Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree, and Yucca Valley. Boarding options may also be available in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and the surrounding area.
Last updated: August 4, 2020