Late fall, winter, and early spring are the perfect times of the year for visiting Arizona’s national parks with pets. And with over 70% of the state’s spectacular landscape preserved as public land, there’s a lot to see! But the pet policies at national parks tend to be pretty restrictive. As a result, you’ll find that the policies at national parks that range from very pet friendly to barely pet tolerant. Having this information will help you decide which park is most interests you!
Plan a Pet Friendly Trip to Arizona’s National Parks
From iconic national parks like the Grand Canyon to lesser known sites, such as Tonto National Monument, Arizona has many treasures to behold. If you’re planning a pet friendly trip to Arizona, knowing the pet policies at all the national parks will help you decide which to add to your itinerary.
Canyon de Chelly National Monument
Canyon de Chelly Pet Policy – Leashed pets can join you at all of the overlooks on Rim Drive and in the campground. Visitors can only enter the canyon on an approved Navajo tour. Check with individual tours for their pet policies.
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
Casa Grande Ruins Pet Policy – Leashed pets are welcome throughout the grounds at Casa Grande Ruins. It’s a great spot to stretch your legs on a drive between Phoenix and Tucson!
Chiricahua National Monument
Chiricahua Pet Policy – Pets can enjoy four trails within the monument: Silver Spur Trail, Faraway Ranch, Bonita Creek and the campground trail. They can also join you in any paved areas and in the campground, so it’s a great place to spend a day exploring.
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Fort Bowie National Historic Site
Fort Bowie Pet Policy – The fort ruins are accessed via a 1.5 mile hiking trail, and leashed pets are welcome on the trail.
Coronado National Memorial
Coronado Pet Policy – Pets are welcome only on the Crest Trail and Nature Walk, and in paved areas. Still, the views are to die for, so it’s worth the trip!
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Glen Canyon Pet Policy – Pets are welcome in most areas at Glen Canyon National Monument. And there are some fun beaches to explore – especially if you have a boat!
Grand Canyon National Park
GoPetFriendly named the Grand Canyon the top pet friendly attraction in Arizona!
Grand Canyon Pet Policy – Pets are welcome on the entire 13-mile Rim Trail, in the campground, and at Yavapai Lodge. Though if you plan to hike below the rim, you’ll need to make arrangements for your pet to stay at the kennel at the South Rim.
Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site
Hubbell Trading Post Pet Policy – Pets are not allowed.
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Lake Mead Pet Policy – Pets are allowed on all trails in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, but not in designated swimming areas.
Montezuma Castle National Monument
Montezuma Castle Pet Policy – Pets are welcome on the trail at Montezuma Castle, but not in the visitor center. This park participates in the B.A.R.K. Ranger program!
Navajo National Monument
Navajo National Monument – Pets allowed only in parking lots and the campground; not on the trails.
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Organ Pipe Pet Policy – Pets are welcome on several trails in the park, including the Palo Verde trail, and the nature trail at the visitor center.
Petrified Forest National Park
Our friends, Cool Whip and Hercules, discovered that Petrified National Forest one of Arizona’s national parks that is super dog-friendly.
Petrified Forest Pet Policy – Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome on ALL the trails at Petrified Forest. And this is another park where your furry travel buddy can earn a B.A.R.K. Ranger badge!
Pipe Spring National Monument
Pipe Spring Pet Policy – Pets are allowed at the monument, but not inside the historic buildings or on the Ridge Trail.
Saguaro National Park
Saguaro National Park Pet Policy – Pets are welcome only on paved trails and picnic areas.
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Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
Sunset Crater Volcano Pet Policy – Pets cannot go on any trails or in the buildings at Sunset Crater.
Tonto National Monument
Tonto National Monument Pet Policy – Pets are allowed on the trail to the Lower Cliff Dwelling, but not inside the cliff dwelling or on the Upper Cliff Dwelling Trail. However, you’ll find plenty of hiking around nearby Roosevelt Lake in the Tonto National Forest! Your dog can also get his B.A.R.K. Ranger tag here.
Tumacacori National Historic Park
Pet Policy at Tumacacori – Pets are allowed on the Anza Trail to Tubac, but are not allowed on the mission grounds or inside the buildings.
Tuzigoot National Monument
Tuzigoot National Monument Pet Policy – Pets can go on the trail at Tuzigoot, but not inside the visitor center. This park also participates in the B.A.R.K. Ranger program.
Walnut Canyon National Monument
Walnut Canyon Pet Policy – Pets can join you on the Rim Trail, a 0.7-mile trail along the rim of Walnut Canyon. However, the main attraction of Walnut Canyon are the Cliff Dwellings, seen from the Island Trail, which is not pet friendly.
Wupatki National Monument
Wupatki National Monument Pet Policy – Pets cannot go on any trails or buildings at Wupatki National Monument.
We hope having the pet policies at Arizona’s national parks makes planning your pet friendly trip easier! If this post made you curious about visiting national parks with your pets, learn more about the most pet friendly national parks in America.
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