Pets are welcome in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. If you are planning to visit with your pet, you will need to make a few special considerations.
The park is home to all kinds of animals, big and small. Because the park is their home and we and our pets are the visitors, regulations are in place to minimize our impacts on wildlife.
Where can I walk my Dog?
Leashed pets may be walked along roads and road shoulders, sidewalks, parking areas, and in campgrounds and picnic areas. The sidewalk at the Painted Canyon Visitor Center (I-94, exit 32) is a good place to walk dogs and has fantastic views of the badlands all along the way. Be sure to clean up after your pet.
Hiking with Your Dog (outside the park)
While dogs are not permitted on trails within the park, there are nearby trails where you can take your dogs for some exercise.
What better way to see the badlands than from the back of a horse, as Roosevelt did?
Horseback riding is permitted on all backcountry trails as well as cross country (off-trail travel). For safety reasons, horses are not permitted on nature trails (trails under 1 mile), or in general-use campgrounds and picnic areas. Roundup Group Horse Camp is available by reservation. Horse users can camp in the backcountry, which requires a free permit.
Last updated: July 3, 2020