Activities with pets are very limited at Mesa Verde National Park. Pets are not allowed on trails, in archeological sites, or in buildings (service animals, excepted). Pets may be walked along paved roads, in parking lots, and at the campground. Pets must be leashed at all times when outside a vehicle. Leaving pets unattended or tied to any object within the park is prohibited, including the exterior of motor vehicles parked within park boundaries.
Leashed pets are allowed on some of the trails on Wetherill Mesa when it is open in the spring, summer, and fall. Pet-friendly trails are marked and include the 5-mile Long House Loop. Please check signs at trailsheads before taking your pet on any trail. A number of pet-waste stations are available along the Wetherill trails, so please clean up after your pet.
Please remember that your pet is as susceptible to the heat as you are. Keep your pet hydrated and cool. Pets may be left unattended within motor vehicles with proper ventilation and water, only in weather that is not hazardous to the immediate welfare of the animal. With daytime temperatures at Mesa Verde ranging from 80° to over 90° from late-spring to early-fall, the inside of a car can get hot very quickly, endangering your pet. On warm days, the temperature in a car can rise to 120° in a matter of minutes, even with the windows opened slightly. There are few shady locations to park your car, so even on cooler days, temperatures within the car can still rise to dangerous levels.
There are many opportunities and locations within Mesa Verde National Park for individuals with service animals to visit and enjoy. Because these opportunities change on a seasonal basis, please contact us so we may assist you with both pre-planning and during your visit.
For your convenience, there is a kennel at Morefield Campground, located four miles from the park entrance.
Last updated: April 17, 2021