Pet Safety and RegulationsTo ensure that you and your pet enjoy a safe visit, follow all pet regulations while inside the park. Wildlife may be drawn to pets and their owners. Pets can wander away and may never be found. The park is a wild place! These regulations are enforced to protect you, park resources and other visitors.
Pets may accompany you ONLY in the following designated areas of the preserve.
Pets must be kept under physical control at all times - caged, crated, or on a leash not to exceed six feet in length.
Pets are prohibited in the backcountry (i.e., in the vehicle or on trails past the Entrance Station) and on trails not listed above for the following reasons:
It is prohibited to leave a pet unattended and tied to an object. It is illegal to leave pets in a situation where food, water, shade, ventilation and other basic needs are inadequate. So while it is possible for pets to remain in your vehicle in the frontcountry while you are viewing attractions near roads and parking areas, it is strongly recommended that a party member remain behind to personally ensure your pet's well-being.
Pets should leave no traces other than footprints. The owner is responsible for clean-up and disposal of all pet feces. Please be thoughtful of other visitors as well as your pet.
Service animals that have been individually trained to perform specific tasks for the benefit of persons with disabilities are allowed in the preserve. Emotional support "therapy animals" are not service animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act and may not access trails, other non-motorized areas, or accompany you in your vehicle in the backcountry.
Why All the Restrictions?
By following the Preserve's simple regulations and respecting fellow visitors, you and your pet can have a happy and healthy preserve outing.
Last updated: August 29, 2021