Pets are welcome at Natural Bridges National Monument, but activities with pets are limited.
You may have your pet with you:
- on all park roads and parking areas
- in the campground
- on paved paths to bridge viewpoints
- at paved pullouts along the scenic drive
- at picnic areas
You may not have your pet with you:
- on any hiking trails (including Horse Collar Ruin Overlook)
- anywhere off-trails
- in the visitor center
Pets Must be on Leashes
Pets must be on a leash at all times, 6 feet long maximum, even in your campsite. Keeping pets leashed is both to protect the park and your pet. Even well-trained animals can react oddly and erratically in new environments, so a leash can be comforting and help your dog act normally. Mountain lions and coyotes are also found in the park and may harm your pet if given the chance.
Please Pick up After Your Pet
Picking up after your pet is a park rule as well as a kind gesture to other hikers and wildlife living in the area. Pet waste can be harmful to wild animals. Pet Waste Stations with disposal bags are conveniently located at the visitor center and campground.
The desert can be deadly for pets. Some plants may be dangerous or deadly to animals. Sidewalk and pavement can also be very hot in the summer. In summer, check the sidewalk with your palm before letting your pet walk on it. If it’s too hot for your hand, it's too hot for your pet!