Pets are prohibited on ALL Rocky Mountain National Park trails, tundra, and meadows.
Pets and owners have a special bond. But a national park is not always the best place for pets. Rocky Mountain National Park is a designated natural area, and its purpose is to preserve and protect the park's natural conditions, scenic beauty, and wildlife.
Where Pets Can Go
Leashed pets may accompany you only in the following areas:
Pets must be kept on leashes no longer than six feet. Pets may not make noise that impacts visitors or wildlife. Pet owners must pick up and dispose of pet excrement in trash receptacles.
Why Can't I Have My Dog on Trails?
When Your Pet is Here, You Must Follow Park Rules
You may not leave your pet unattended in vehicles if it creates a danger to the animal or if the animal becomes a public nuisance. Pets may not be left tied to vehicles, trees, or other objects.
Pets, more than humans, are susceptible to overheating. Even in the mountains on mile days, temperatures inside vehicles rise quickly, and pets left in vehicles can overheat and die. Cracked windows provide little relief.
Pets are not allowed in any park visitor centers.
Doggy daycare, boarding facilities, and veterinary clinics are available in nearby communities.
Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals
Service animals that have been individually trained to perform specific tasks for the benefit of persons with disabilities are allowed in the park.
Emotional support/therapy animals are not service animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act and may not access visitor centers, trails, or other non-motorized areas.
Pet owners violating park regulations may be cited, fined, and/or issued a mandatory appearance before the United States Magistrate Court in Denver.
Hiking Alternatives Outside Rocky Mountain National Park
If you'd like to hike with your pets, there are nearby trails outside Rocky Mountain National Park, including trails in Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest, multi-use trails around the Town of Estes Park, and Larimer County Open Space areas. Always check for local conditions.
Contact information for bordering National Forest districts
East of Rocky Mountain National Park
West of Rocky Mountain National Park
Last updated: September 24, 2018