Pets are welcome at Wind Cave National Park within the following limits.
At all times pets must be restrained on a leash no longer than six feet in length. Leashes protect dogs from becoming lost and from potential encounters with wildlife as well as protecting park wildlife and plants.
Pets should not be left unattended. Summer sunshine poses a threat to pets left in vehicles. On a sunny day, even in temperatures as low as 60° F, temperatures inside a vehicle can reach dangerous levels. On an 85-degree day the temperature inside a car –even with the windows cracked –can reach over 100 degrees within 10 minutes.
Pet owners are responsible for removing pet waste from campgrounds, picnic areas, parking lots, roads, and other developed areas.
Pets are not permitted in the back-country areas of the park. This includes areas near park roadways and most of the trails –see below for exceptions.
Where CAN I go with my pet?
Grassy Areas near the Visitor Center
The Elk Mountain campground
Prairie Vista Nature Trail, located near the visitor center
Elk Mountain Nature Trail, located at the campground
Where CAN'T I go with my pet?
Ranger-led programs and Cave Tours
Public buildings, including the visitor center
The backcountry or trails except those listed above
Pet Boarding in Hot Springs and Custer:
Fall River Veterinary Clinic 605-745-3786 Must have proof of vaccinations.
Mutt House 605-745-3999 Pets must be dropped off before 11:00 AM.