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Fort Stanwix B.A.R.K. Rangers!

A sweet doggy stands on a leash with his person in front of a cannon.
Who's a good dog? This one is! He's on-leash like a good canine visitor.

National Park Service

Did you know that dogs are welcome to visit Fort Stanwix National Monument with their special people? Learn the rules of B.A.R.K., participate in two activities below, and take the oath to become a Bark Ranger! You can also visit the ranger station inside the historic fort for a special B.A.R.K. Ranger stamp!

B = Bag your poop!
Keep our park a clean and healthy place to visit. A trash can is available at the main door to the visitor center. 

A = Always wear a leash!

Even a well-behaved dog can get excited when visiting our national parks. Please stay on a leash no more than 6 feet long. This keeps everyone safe, and keeps Bark Rangers from accidentally scaring other visitors.

R = Respect wildlife!

You are visiting the homes of other animals when walking around the park. Please stay on the trails and be respectful. Please, no chasing any animals you may encounter.

K = Know where you can go!

Dogs are allowed throughout the park, except developed water access areas, as long as they wear their leash. Remember your manners when exploring so future generations of Bark Rangers can enjoy the park as well.


  1. BARK in the Park - Take a close look at the picture at the top of the page. Is this dog following the rules of BARK? What should that dog be doing to keep other animals and friends safe in the park?
  2. Take a Hike - Make sure your pet is on a leash no longer than 6 feet (2 meters). Bring plenty of poop bags and use them when necessary. Don't forget to dispose of them in a trash can!
  3. Have a Picnic - Whether in your living room, in a local park, or on the lakeshore, find a spot to share a snack with your pet. Remember to keep them on a leash, dispose of any poop bags if needed, and always check hot pavement with the back of your hand before letting your pet walk across a street or parking lot on a hot day. If you can't hold your hand there, it's too hot!
  4. Service Dogs - Take a look at the picture below. What is difference between this dog and a pet? What are some important rules about service animals? This dog is alert and working. Remember to never pet a service animal, because it will distract them from their job. Find out about two types of service animals that you might meet.

BARK Ranger Pledge:

(Fill in your pet's name and your name in the spaces. Raise your right hand and your pet's paw and read the pledge out loud.)

I, _______________________, a well-behaved dog, and my human, ____________________, promise to respect the rules of B.A.R.K. and to help show others how to care for our National Parks.

Congratulations, BARK Ranger!
Self-Guided Tours - Walking

Pets are welcome to visit Fort Stanwix National Monument with some restrictions.

Walking animals along the park's roadways and trails is a favorite activity for many owners. But exposure to unfamiliar people and surroundings can cause unusual or even aggressive behavior in some pets. There are also many loud noises that can be caused from the surrounding city and from historic weapons demonstrations through out the day that may frighten them.

Owners are responsible for their pet's care and conduct while on park grounds. To provide for the safety and enjoyment of pets, owners and fellow visitors, we request that pet owner comply with the following rules when visiting Fort Stanwix with their animals:

  • Pets must be on leash and under control at all times when outside their owner's vehicle. There are no designated areas for leaving pets unattended and tied to an object.
  • Pets are allowed in all outdoor areas of the park open to the public. Pets are not allowed inside any public use buildings. Only service animals or those in training to become service animals are allowed inside buildings with their owners or trainers.
  • Owners are responsible for removing any pet excrement left by their animals in the park's exhibit areas, trails, and all green spaces intended for public use.
  • Respect park wildlife. Urban parks have wildlife too! All wild animals within the park are protected; no matter if it's a city squirrel or a country squirrel.
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
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Accessibility Information

Reconstructed Fort
Accessible parking is reserved in a pull-off in front of the fort.

All introductory videos are open captioned and FM assistive listening devices are available upon request.

Not all areas in the fort are accessible, including the public restrooms. Ramps can be made available by request to tour the inside buildings of the parade ground.

Park Trails
The trail surrounding the fort is approximately 1/2 mile long.It is partially paved and includes portions that consist of compacted gravel.

Service Animals
Service animals are welcome at Fort Stanwix National Monument.

Please keep in mind that some living history demonstrations, like cannon firing or musket firing demonstrations that take place in the reconstructed fort, can be stressful and scary for our animal companions.

For More Information about accessability at Fort Stanwix National Monument, please visit the following website

Fort Stanwix National Monument

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All dogs are welcome at Fort Stanwix. And here's a dog's-eye tour to get you started on your way! 2016 is the 40th anniversary of the Fort Stanwix National Monument opening to the public and the park is celebrating by releasing a series of 40 short films about the park's history and its future!

A yellow dog with a harness and junior ranger badges sits in front of a National Park Service banner
Service animals are not required to wear identification vests or other insignia.

Last updated: September 13, 2022