Camping is one of the most enjoyable and economical ways to experience America’s national parks! Each year millions of families pitch a tent or park their camper and have the time of their lives exploring seashores, mountains, and deserts. And what dog doesn’t dream of the walks and hikes, campfire dinners, and sleeping under the stars? Good news – there’s no reason to leave your furry travel buddy behind!

Woman and dog in a tent on the beach watching the sunset at a national park
 

We want you all to have a ball on your next vacation! A great way to do that is to explore a national park while camping with your pet. To help, we’ve gathered the information you’ll need on pet friendly campgrounds at the national parks – so you and your dog or cat can do more together.

Camping With Your Pet In A National Park

As you plan your trip, keep in mind that some national parks have restrictions on where pets can go. The rules are in place to protect sensitive habitats and endangered species and vary by site and time of year. We’ve provided a link to the pet policy for each national park in below. We encourage you to review them before making reservations.

Acadia National Park, MainePet Policy

Acadia is one of the country’s most pet friendly national parks, and a perfect place to go camping pets! With nearly all the trails and carriage roads open to pets on leashes, you’ll find plenty to do together. Note that pets may not be left unattended in vehicles and you must clean up after them. And, because many of the bodies of water in the park provide drinking water for surrounding communities, neither pets or humans are allowed to swim in them.

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Acadia National Park has three pet friendly camping options. All are wooded and within a short walk of the shoreline. The campgrounds all accommodate tents and small RVs and have flush toilets, running water, and dump stations. The only showers are for a fee in surrounding private sites outside the park.

  • Blackwoods Campground – Located on Route 3, the campground is 5 miles south of Bar Harbor. It is open all year, with some restrictions. Fee shower facilities and camping supply stores are located in the village of Otter Creek, 1/2 mile from the campground.
  • Schoodic Woods Campground – Located on the Schoodic Peninsula, this campground is 3 miles southeast of Winter Harbor. It is open from late May through Columbus Day, and grocery and supply stores are located in Winter Harbor. This is the only campground in Acadia with electric sites, though there are currently no shower or laundry facilities nearby.
  • Seawall Campground – Located on Route 102A, Sewall Campground is 4 miles south of Southwest Harbor. It is open from late May to the end of September, and fee shower facilities and camping supply stores are located 1 mile from the campground.

Amistad National Recreation Area, Texas – Pet Policy

Amistad National Recreation Area is on the US portion of the International Amistad Reservoir. Pets are allowed in all developed campsites, but must be on leash and cleaned up after. They are not allowed in archaeological sites, caves or rock shelters, marinas or docks (unless going to and from a boat), or administrative buildings.

There are five options for camping with pets within the park, and campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The campgrounds are generally open year-round and rarely fill up, except on holiday weekends. The only potable water and dump station available are near the Diablo East Boat Ramp at the Governors Landing Campground. The other campgrounds have vault toilets and no hook-ups.

  • Governors Landing Campground – located off US-90 with 18 sites for tents or RVs under 28 feet long
  • Rough Canyon Campground – located on the water, four sites suitable for tents or RVs
  • San Pedro Campground – 30 sites suitable for tents or RVs, and 5 tent-only sites
  • Spur 406 Campground – 6 sites suitable for tents or RVs
  • 277 North Campground – 17 sites suitable for tents or RVs, each with a covered picnic table and a BBQ grill

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Wisconsin – Pet Policy

Camping with pets is an option on 19 of the Lakeshore’s 21 islands, and at one campsite on the mainland. All campgrounds have either vault toilets or privies. Only Sand Island and Stockton Island have water available and each also has a handicapped accessible campsite.

Pets are not allowed on the Apostle Island Cruises run by the National Park Service. However, pets can join you on the following private charters, taxis, and ferries, which can take you to island camping areas:

Adventure Vacations – Dogs are allowed on boat tours and boat taxis. If you will be sharing a boat taxi with another party, you must get the agreement of the other passengers to bring your dog aboard.

Madeline Island Ferry – Pets are welcome but must be leashed or crated at all times.

PMG Charters – Dogs are permitted on water taxis.

 

Arches National Park, Utah – Pet Policy

Arches National Park has a strict pet policy, so this wouldn’t be one of our first choices when choosing the best national parks to go camping with your pets. Leashed pets are allowed only along park roads, in parking areas, in picnic areas, and in Devils Garden Campground.

Pets are not allowed at any overlooks, on any hiking trails or any off-trail areas, or in the visitor center. You also may not leave your pet unattended, except in paid campsites in Devils Garden Campground, where they must not cause a disturbance.

Devils Garden Campground has 51 sites and is open year-round. From November through February, sites are first-come, first-served, but can be reserved from March through October.

Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland – Pet Policy

Assateague is know for it’s heard of wild horses, and pets on leashes are welcome in specific areas of the Maryland section of the National Seashore, including the beach. Note that pets are not allowed in any part of the Virginia section of the park, including inside cars, so visitors traveling with pets must enter the park by the north entrance, on route 611.

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You can go camping with your pet in the national park at the following campgrounds, which have chemical toilets, cold water showers, and drinking water:

  • Oceanside Drive-in Sites: Tents, trailers and RVs (no hook-ups). Sites have a picnic table and a fire ring.
  • Oceanside Walk-in Sites: Tent-only sites, located 100-200 feet from centralized parking areas. Sites have a picnic table and a fire ring.
  • Bayside Drive-in Sites: Tents, trailers and RVs (no hook-ups). Sites have a picnic table and a fire ring. The “Generator-Free Zone” is located in Bayside B Loop.
  • Horse Camp: There are 2 campsites for horse camping available October 16 through April 14. Each site accommodates up to 6 people and 6 horses.

Badlands National Park, South Dakota – Pet Policy

Leashed pets can only join you in developed areas, such as campgrounds, picnic areas, and other areas open to motor vehicles in Badlands National Park. You cannot leave pets unattended, and they cannot join you on hiking trails, in buildings, or in backcountry areas, including the Badlands Wilderness Area and areas with prairie dog colonies.

For camping with more pet friendly activities, consider Custer State Park or the Buffalo Gap National Grasslands.

The park has two developed campgrounds, and pets are welcome in both:

  • Cedar Pass Campground – cold water and flush toilets
  • Sage Creek Campground – free, but has no water and only pit toilets available
 

Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico – Pet Policy

Pets are not permitted on any park trails at Bandelier. But they are welcome in Juniper campground, the parking lot in front of the visitor center, and in the Cottonwood Picnic Area across Frijoles Creek between the “No Dogs Permitted Beyond this Point” signs. All pets must remain on a leash no longer than 6 feet while in the park.

  • Juniper Campground has restrooms with running water, but no electric hook-ups or showers.

Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, Alaska – No Online Pet Policy Available

Bering Land Bridge places no restrictions on pets, except that they are not allowed in buildings. Only primitive dispersed camping is allowed. There are no designated camping areas and campers are expected to use leave-no-trace practices.

Big Bend National Park, Texas – Pet Policy

Pets are not permitted on trails or in buildings at Big Bend, however they are welcome in all the campgrounds. This park allows primitive roadside camping for small RVs and trailers. In addition, Big Bend National Park offers three pet friendly camping options suitable for tents and RVs. Facilities include drinking water and restroom facilities.

  • Rio Grande Village RV Campground – full hook-ups with 25 RV sites,  restrooms with running water and showers a short walk away.
  • Cottonwood Campground – pit toilets
  • Chisos Basin Campground – flush toilets and running water. Trailers over 20′ and RV’s over 24′ are not recommended here due to narrow, winding road to the Basin and small campsites at this campground.
Man and German Shepherd Dog on the pet friendly Hoodoos Trail in Big Bend Ranch State Park, Texas
 

Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida – Pet Policy

Pets cannot go on any hiking trails at Big Cypress, but can accompany you in the campgrounds, picnic areas, and at pullouts along the paved scenic drives. You can walk your pet along roads or in parking lots, but he must remain leashed at all times when outside a vehicle, and you cannot leave him unattended.

All of the six national park camping options at Big Cypress allow pets, but only Midway has running water, electrical hook-ups, and a dump station.

  • Bear Island Campground – accessed by a long, gravel road, sites are first-come, first-served. Primitive camping with no water or electric and vault toilets.
  • Burns Lake Campground – Primitive camping with no water or electric and vault toilets.
  • Midway Campground – 26 RV and 10 tent sites, restrooms, drinking water, day-use area, and dump station. RV sites have electric hook-up.
  • Mitchell Landing Campground – 11 sites accessed by a secondary gravel road. Primitive camping with no water or electric and vault toilets.
  • Monument Lake Campground – 26 RV and 10 tent sites, restrooms, drinking water. No hook-ups for electricity, sewer, or water are available.
  • Pink Jeep Campground – Primitive camping with no water or electric and vault toilets.

Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Tennessee and Kentucky – Pet Policy

Pets can enjoy exploring with you at Big South Fork! Though some trails have steep ladders and rock ledges that pets might not be able to negotiate without your help. Check with park rangers for trail information. Pets must remain on leash at all times and need to have identification and rabies tags on their collars.

This park offers pet friendly campgrounds with both primitive facilities and developed campsites, plus two equestrian campgrounds with full amenities:

  • Alum Ford – Located west of Whitley City, Kentucky. The campground has six campsites each with picnic table and fire ring. Pit toilets are available, but no drinking water.
  • Bandy Creek – Located west of Oneida, Tennessee. Some sites have electric and water, but no sewer hook-ups are available. All campsites include picnic tables, fire rings, and access to restrooms and showers. A dump station is located near the registration kiosk.
  • Bear Creek – Located west of Stearns, Kentucky. Each site has water and electric hook-ups, picnic table, grill, tie-outs for 4 horses, access to miles of horse trails, modern restrooms with hot showers, and a dump station.
  • Blue Heron – Located west of Stearns, Kentucky. All sites have electric and water hook-ups with access to restrooms, hot showers, and dump station.
  • Station Camp – Located west of Oneida, Tennessee. Each of the 24 sites has water and electric hook-ups, picnic table, grill, tie-outs for 4 horses, access to miles of horse trails, modern restrooms with hot showers, and a dump station.

In addition to the campgrounds, this park offers pet friendly accommodations in its lodge. Charit Creek Lodge – a pet friendly rustic backcountry lodge – is only accessible by hiking, biking or horseback.

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Montana and Wyoming – Pet Policy

Leashed pets are welcome to explore all 17 miles of trails in Bighorn Canyon with you, as long as you clean up after them. This park also offers pet friendly camping with a variety of setting and amenities:

The following sites can be reached by vehicle:

  • Afterbay Campground – sites for tents and RVs with drinking water and vault toilets
  • Grapevine Campground – sites for tents and RVs with vault toilets. No hookups.
  • Horseshoe Bend Campground – some sites have electric hook-ups. There are also modern restrooms and a swim beach (pets are not allowed at the beach).
  • Trail Creek Campground – primitive sites for tents and small RVs

In addition, the park has six waterway campsites only reached by boat or hiking:

  • Black Canyon Campground – only accessible by boat. It has vault toilets but not drinking water.
  • Big Bull Elk Creek – primitive sites only accessible by boat. You must bring your own bear canister.
  • Day Board Nine – a developed campground with bear boxes, a dock, and floating restrooms.
  • Devil Canyon – primitive campsites popular with paddlers.
  • Dry Head Creek – primitive sites with access to a floating vault toilet. You must bring your own bear canister.
  • Medicine Creek Campground – primitive sites, reached only by hiking or boating in.
 

Biscayne National Park, Florida – Pet Policy

With 95% of its 173,000 acres covered by water, Biscayne National Park welcomes leashed pets on the grounds surrounding the visitor center and in the developed areas of Elliott Key. With the exception of service animals, pets are prohibited on other islands in the park.

  • Elliott Key Campground – accessible only by shallow-draft boats, sites available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tent campers have access to restrooms with running water and cold water showers. Drinking water is available on the island, but bringing water is suggested if the system goes down.

Black Canyon of The Gunnison National Park, Colorado – Pet Policy

In Black Canyon of the Gunnison, pets on leash can walk along roads, in campgrounds, to the overlooks, and are allowed on the Rim Rock Trail, Cedar Point Nature Trail, and North Rim Chasm View Nature Trail. Pets cannot go on any other hiking trails, inner canyon routes, or in the wilderness area.

Dog Restrictions
From June 1 to August 15, dogs are allowed in campsites, but may not be taken on walks (even on leash) or carried around the South Rim Campground or on the Rim Rock Trail due to potentially aggressive deer protecting their fawns.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park offers two pet friendly camping options:

  • North Rim Campground – Located approximately 16 miles southwest of Crawford, Colorado. The last 7 miles of North Rim Road are unpaved. Sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis and have a maximum 14 consecutive day stay in a 30 day period. RVs greater than 22 (or cars and trailers combined) feet are not recommended, and no electric or sewer service is provided. Generator use is allowed within designated hours, and water is brought in by truck, so RV water filling is not available. All sites have vault toilets.
  • South Rim Campground – Located approximately 6 miles north of the intersection of CO Hwy 347 and U.S. Hwy 50 east of Montrose, Colorado. Reservations can be made for Loops A and B only, and must be made at least 3 days in advance. Loop C is first-come, first-served. All sites have a maximum 14 consecutive day stay in a 30 day period. Electrical hook-ups (20, 30, and 50 amp) are available during the summer in Loop B only. Generator use is not allowed, and vehicles longer than 35 feet are not recommended. All sites have vault toilets.

Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia and North Carolina – Pet Policy

The Blue Ridge Parkway meanders for 469 miles with visitor centers, campgrounds, and hiking trails scattered along the way. Pets can join you on all trails, but must remain leashed and under your control.

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The Parkway has eight pet friendly campgrounds which are open from May through late October, weather permitting. All campgrounds have drinking water, restrooms with running water, and a dump station, but only Julian Price and Mount Pisgah Campground have showers.

  • Otter Creek – Milepost 60.8 – 45 tent sites and 24 RV sites
  • Peaks of Otter – Milepost 85.9 – 86 tent sites and 58 RV sites
  • Rocky Knob – Milepost 167.1 – 81 tent sites and 28 RV sites
  • Doughton Park – Milepost 239.2 – 110 tent sites and 25 RV sites
  • Julian Price – Milepost 297.0 – 119 tent sites and 78 RV sites
  • Linville Falls – Milepost 316.4 – 50 tent sites and 20 RV sites
  • Crabtree Falls – Milepost 339.5 – 70 tent sites and 22 RV sites; first-come, first-served
  • Mount Pisgah – Milepost 408.8 – 64 tent sites and 62 RV sites

In addition, the park has three backcountry campgrounds available. Backcountry camping permits are issued on a first-come, first-served basis from May 1 to October 31.

  • Rock Castle Gorge – Milepost 167.1 – 8 sites
  • Basin Cove – Milepost 244.7 – 8 sites
  • John’s River Road – Milepost 296.9 – 2 sites
 

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah – Pet Policy

Pets are permitted on all paved surfaces at Bryce Canyon: campgrounds, parking lots, paved roads, paved overlooks, on the paved trail between Sunset Point and Sunrise Point, and on the paved Shared Use Path between the park entrance and Inspiration Point. Leashes are required, and pets are not permitted on unpaved trails or viewpoints, in public buildings, or on public transportation vehicles.

Bryce Canyon National Park has two pet friendly camping options: North Campground and Sunset Campground. Neither has electric service, but North Campground has flush toilets, laundry, and coin-operated showers. It is open year-round.

Buffalo National River, Arkansas – Pet Policy

At the Buffalo National River, pets can go in campgrounds and on gravel bars up to 100 feet from the water’s edge, as long as they remain leashed. You cannot leave your pets unattended and they cannot go in any buildings or caves. These are the only trails you can explore together: Tyler Bend Campground trails (Spring Hollow, Buck Ridge, and Rock Wall in the Middle District), and all three Buffalo Point Campground trails (Forest Trail, Overlook Trail, and Campground Trail in the Lower District)

Pets are also prohibited in the designated wilderness area, with the exception of gravel bars along the river corridor in those areas.

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There are several options for national park camping with pets, and the campgrounds have varying amenities:

  • Steel Creek Campground – Tents only – has water and flush toilets available from March – November
  • Kyles Landing Campground – Tents only – has water and flush toilets available from March – November and vault toilets off-season. Road access requires high clearance vehicle.
  • Erbie Campground – Drive-in sites available for RV or tent camping – no hook-ups, running water, or dump station. There is a vault toilet at the boat launch.
  • Ozark Campground – Open year round for tents and RVs – flush toilets and drinking water from mid-March to mid-November. Vault toilets available after water shut off.
  • Carver Campground – 8 sites open year round with vault toilets. No trash service.
  • Tyler Bend Campground – Walk in and drive in sites are available for reservations from March – November and on a first-come, first-served basis off-season. The campground provides flush toilet restrooms, one with hot showers. A dump station and water tank fill is located near the park entrance at Highway 65, but there are no RV hook-ups in the campground.
  • Mt. Hersey Campground – Primitive sites available year-round with no running water or services
  • Woolum Campground – Primitive sites available year-round with vault toilets
  • Grinders Ferry, Shine Eye, and Gilbert gravel bars – Sites have vault toilets and are available year-round for free with limited or no services. Vehicle access is limited.
  • South Maumee Campground – Free sites with vault toilets and no services
  • Spring Creek Campground – Tents only – free sites with vault toilets and no services
  • Buffalo Point Campground – 100 sites, including some with RV hook-ups
  • Rush Campground – 12 sites for tents with vault toilets and no services

In addition to the campgrounds, this park offers pet friendly cabins. Buffalo Point Cabins – pet friendly cabins available upon request for a $30 non-refundable deposit

Canyonlands National Park, Utah – Pet Policy

There is very little you’re allowed to do with pets at Canyonlands National Park, so it might not be an ideal place for your camping trip. Pets can only join you on paved scenic drives and parking lots, on the Potash/Shafer Canyon road between Moab and Island in the Sky, and at Willow Flat and Squaw Flat campgrounds.

You cannot take your pet with you on overlooks, on any hiking trails, anywhere in the backcountry, on the rivers, or on any backcountry roads – even inside your vehicle.

Canyonlands National Park offers pet friendly camping at Island in the Sky (Willow Flat) and The Needles campgrounds. Both have vault toilets and drinking water, but no RV hook-ups.

 

Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina – Pet Policy

At Cape Hatteras National Seashore, pets can enjoy all the trails and any beach not designated as a swimming beach! Pets must remain leashed at all times and cannot go into any resource closure.

This park has four pet friendly campgrounds for tents and RVs. All stay open from mid-April to late November. Facilities include running water and showers, and all campgrounds are a short walk to the beach.

  • Cape Point Campground – 202 reservable sites, no hook ups
  • Frisco Campground – 127 reservable sites located among the sand dunes, no hook ups
  • Ocracoke Campground – 136 reservable sites, accessible only by pet friendly ferry, no hook ups
  • Oregon Inlet Campground – 107 reservable sites, 47 have hook ups

Cape Lookout National Seashore, North Carolina – Pet Policy

Cape Lookout is only accessible by ferry or private boat. Pet friendly ferry services include:

Davis Shore Ferry Services – vehicle and passenger service from Davis, North Carolina to Great Island cabin area with vehicle access to South Core Banks.

Morris Marina Ferry Services – vehicle and passenger service from Atlantic, North Carolina to Long Point cabin area with vehicle access to North Core Banks/Portsmouth Island.

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Pets must reamin leashed at all times, and are not permitted in buildings (except pet friendly cabins). All camping within the park is primitive beach camping. There are no designated campgrounds. Please use leave-no-trace practices.

In addition to camping, this park offers pet friendly cabins. Great Island and Long Point Cabins – pet staying in the cabins must be kept in a crate.

Reservations should be made in advance, and the ferry services note that their boats’ steel decks can become hot in the sun, plan to take steps to keep your pet’s paws comfortable on your trip.

Capitol Reef National Park, Utah – Pet Policy

Leashed pets can enjoy the developed areas of the park: within 50 feet of center line of roads (paved and dirt) that are open to public vehicles, parking areas open to public vehicles, in unfenced and/or unlocked orchards, in the Chestnut and Doc Inglesbe picnic areas, on the trail from the visitor center to the Fruita Campground, on the Fremont River Trail from the campground to the south end of Hattie’s Field, and in the campgrounds. Pets cannot join you on any other hiking trails, in public buildings, or in the backcountry.

Capital Reef National Park offers pet friendly camping at Fruita Campground. Surrounded by historic orchards on the banks of the Fremont River, this campground has 64 RV/tent sites and 7 walk-in tent sites, each with a picnic table and fire pit or grill. There are no individual water, sewer, or electrical hook-ups.

There is a RV dump and potable water fill station near the entrance to Loops A and B. The restrooms have running water and flush toilets, but no showers. Open year-round, sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. They often fill by early to mid-morning in the spring and fall seasons.

 

Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah – Pet Policy

Cedar Breaks welcomes pets on leashes in all the paved areas of the park, including the overlooks located throughout the Monument. Pets can also access one trail, which runs from the Information Center to the campground.

Pet friendly camping at Point Supreme Campground is available from mid-June to mid-September (weather permitting). Each of the 25 sites has a picnic table, fire pit or grill, and access to restrooms with showers, chopped firewood, and water spigots. Ten sites are available for reservation, and the other fifteen sites are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico – Pet Policy

Leashed pets can join you on backcountry hiking trails (Pueblo Alto, Peñasco Blanco, South Mesa, and Wijiji trails). You must carry out all pet waste and keep your pets under control at all times. Pets cannot accompany you into the principal Chacoan sites (Pueblo Bonito, Chetro Ketl, Casa Rinconada, Pueblo del Arroyo, Hungo Pavi, and Una Vida) located along the Canyon Loop Drive.

Gallo Campground is pet friendly and open year-round. Each site has a picnic table, fire grate with a grill, access to non-potable water, restrooms with flush toilets from March to October (chemical toilets at all other times), and a dump station. There are no showers, but drinking water is available 24 hours a day in the Visitor Center parking area. Trailers and RVs over 35 feet in length cannot be accommodated.

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, Maryland – Pet Policy

A commercial waterway for nearly 100 years, the canal is now a recreational treasure for boaters, bikers, and walkers. The only places leashed pets cannot go are on Section A of the Billy Goat Trail and on the overlook trail to Great Falls.

Pet friendly Hiker-Biker and Drive-In campsites are available every few miles along the canal and are open year round. Drive-in sites must be reserved, and all campgrounds have chemical toilets and drinking water in season. The only campgrounds that can accommodate RVs are Fifteen Mile Creek Campsite in Little Orleans (mile 140) and McCoy’s Ferry Campground in Big Spring (mile 110.4). View the full list of campsites online.

Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Oklahoma – Pet Policy

Water has always been the reason people are drawn to Chickasaw. Many of the park trails in the Platt Historic District hug the banks of the streams, pass by cool rushing waterfalls, and meander along mineral water and freshwater springs. In the Arbuckle District the trails offer panoramic views of Lake of the Arbuckles.  

Leashed pets can explore most of the park with you. The only exceptions are within the Travertine Nature Center, on the trails east of the Travertine Nature Center, and in all swimming areas along Travertine Creek east of US 177.

Chickasaw offers several options for national park camping with pets, each with different amenities:

  • Cold Springs Campground – Open from May through September, this campground has non-electrical sites that are best for tent camping, though small RVs and pop-up campers (less than 20′) might fit. Amenities include restrooms and water spigots close to campsites.
  • Rock Creek Campground – Open year-round, this campground has 99 non-electrical sites that can accommodate some RVs, but are mainly for tent camping. Amenities include restrooms and water spigots close to campsites.
  • Buckhorn Campground – This campground has 134 sites, 42 with electrical and water hook-ups. Loop C has mostly 50 amp sites while all other electric sites are 30 amp. All sites are first-come, first-served, showers are available, and there is a dump station on Buckhorn Road outside the campground.
  • Guy Sandy Campground – This campground has 40 campsites with water faucets and pit toilets.
  • The Point Campground – Lower Loop has 9 water/electric sites and 28 tent sites available on a first-come, first-served basis. Upper Loop has 12 water/electric sites (50 and 30 amp) and 9 tent sites, including 2 handicapped accessible sites; these sites are reservable. Showers are available, and there is a dump station on the road to the campground.
 

Chiricahua National Monument, Arizona – Pet Policy

At Chiricahua pets can hike all the trails in the lower canyon: Silver Spur Trail, Faraway Ranch, Bonita Creek, and the trail connecting the visitor center and the campground. Beyond that, pets can go anywhere a car can go: roads and road shoulders, picnic area turnouts, campground, and parking lots. Pets are not permitted on other hiking trails in the park, inside the visitor center or public buildings, on interpretive walks/programs, or in the wilderness area.

Pet friendly Bonita Canyon Campground has sites for tents and RVs up to 29 feet with no hook-ups. Campers have access to flush toilets and water.

Brindle dog looking at view from Massai Point in Chiricahua National Monument in Arizona

City of Rocks National Reserve, Idaho – Pet Policy

Emigrants following the California Trail described the rocks here as “a city of tall spires,” “steeple rocks,” and “the silent city.” Today, this park attracts rock climbers, campers, hikers, hunters, and those with the spirit of adventure who are looking to get off the beaten path. Pets can explore the park with you, but must remain on a leash no longer than six feet when outside your camper.

The City of Rock Campground has 64 pet friendly campsites, four that will accommodate small RVs and 40 for tents. There are no hook-ups, but campers have access to restrooms. Reservations are available from May 1 through September 30. The remainder of the year sites are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

The park also allows pets on a limited basis in The Lodge at Castle Rock Ranch and in the Willow Glamping Yurt.

Colorado National Monument, Colorado – Pet Policy

At Colorado National Monument, leashed pets can accompany you in the developed campground area and can be walked along paved roads. Pets cannot go on hiking trails or anywhere in the backcountry. Additionally, pets may not accompany cyclists while riding on Rim Rock Drive.

Pet friendly Saddlehorn Campground has three loops, one of which is open year-round and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sites are suitable for tents and RVs, and have picnic tables and charcoal-only grills. Some pull-through sites are available, and campers have access to restrooms with running water during the summer, but no showers.

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Congaree National Park, South Carolina – Pet Policy

Congaree boasts the largest intact expanse of old growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the southeastern United States. And pets can join you on ALL trails – including the boardwalk – as long as they remain leashed and you clean up after them.

Congaree National Park has two developed campgrounds offering pet friendly camping, as well as primitive, backcountry campsites. Camping in this park is for tents only – no RVs permitted.

  • Longleaf Campground – vault toilets and no running water
  • Bluff Campground – walk-in sites with no restrooms or water

Crater Lake National Park, Oregon – Pet Policy

At Crater Lake leashed pets can walk the 1/4-mile paved promenade at Rim Village, where you’ll enjoy fine views of the lake. Dogs can also hike the Godfrey Glen Trail, Lady of the Woods Trail, Grayback Drive, and Pacific Crest Trail (the official PCT, not the “alternate” PCT along the rim of the lake), though none of these provide lake views. Pets can also join you for a walk along paved roads and in parking lots, and up to 50 feet from any paved areas.

Crater Lake National Park offers pet friendly camping at Mazama Campground. The sites here can accommodate RV’s and tents. Some sites have water and electric hook-ups, and campers have access to flush toilets.

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, Idaho – Pet Policy

Craters of the Moon is a vast ocean of lava flows with scattered islands of cinder cones and sagebrush. Pets can go in the campground and along paved roads, but not in buildings or on hiking trails.

Lava Flow Campground is pet friendly and has 42 campsites for RVs and tents, available on a first come-first served basis. Large RV’s and trailers can be accommodated on a limited number of sites, and there are no hook-ups available. Campers have access to water and restrooms, but no showers.

 

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia – Pet Policy

Touching three states, Cumberland Gap National Park has miles of trails and activities to enjoy, and leashed pets can explore the entire park with you!

The pet friendly Wilderness Road Campground is located off Hwy 58 near the park visitor center in Ewing, Virginia. Open from mid-May to late November, sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Electrical hook-ups (20, 30 and 50 amp) are available at 41 sites, and RVs up to 50 feet can be accommodated. Hot showers and potable water are available.

READ MORE ⇒ Cumberland Gap – A Pet Friendly National Park

Man with two dogs on the pet friendly trail at Pinnacle Overlook in Cumberland Gap National Historic Park

Curecanti National Recreation Area, Colorado – Pet Policy

Curecanti is a series of three reservoirs along the once wild Gunnison River. Best known for salmon and trout fishing, this park also offers opportunities for hiking, boating, camping, and bird watching. Leashed pets can explore all Curecanti’s hiking trails with you, however pets cannot go on the Morrow Point Boat Tour.

Curecanti National Recreation Area has nine pet friendly campgrounds suitable for tents or RVs, along with several campsites accessible only by boat. Each campground has different amenities:

  • Elk Creek Campground – 160 sites for RVs and tents with electric hook-ups and showers
  • Lake Fork Campground – No electric hook-ups, but water and showers during summer season
  • Stevens Creek Campground – Drinking water available from May to September; vault toilets and no electric hook-ups
  • Cimmaron Campground – Non-electric sites for tents and medium sized RVs with flush toilets and water
  • East Portal Campground – 15 sites for tents only; drinking water and vault toilets
  • Dry Gulch Campground – Sites for small RVs and tents with vault toilets and no water
  • Ponderosa Campground – Sites for small RVs and tents with vault toilets and no water
  • Red Creek Campground – A single site for a tent or an RV less than 22 feet long with vault toilets and no water
  • Gateview Campground – Six sites only suitable for tents with vault toilets and water

Death Valley National Park, California and Nevada – Pet Policy

Leashed pets are welcome in Death Valley National Park, though they are restricted to developed areas: along roads (paved and dirt), in campgrounds, picnic areas, and other developed areas of the park.

Pets are welcome in all Death Valley’s campgrounds, but must be leashed anytime they are outside your camper. No more than four pets are allowed per campsite, and pet owners should be good neighbors by keeping their pets quiet, cleaning up after them, and never leaving pets unattended. Food and water bowls must not be left outside.

There are several options for national park camping with pets at Death Valley, each with different amenities:

  • Furnace Creek Campground – Full hook-ups with pull-through RV sites and tent sites, restrooms, and water
  • Sunset, Texas Springs, Stovepipe Wells, and Mesquite Spring Campgrounds – Tent and RV sites with restrooms and water
  • Wildrose Campground – Sites for tents and small RVs (less than 25 feet long) with pit toilets and water
  • Emigrant Campground – Tents only with restrooms and water
  • Thorndike and Mahogany Flat Campgrounds – Accessible on to high clearance vehicles no longer than 25 feet. 4-wheel drive may be necessary. Pit toilets and no water.

In addition to camping, this park offers pet friendly hotel options. Stovepipe Wells Village  – rustic hotel with clean, comfortable rooms

Panamint Springs Resort – small, western-style, resort in the beautiful Panamint Valley. Additional pet fee: $5 per night per pet in a motel room or tent cabin, and $5 per visit in RV or tent sites.

 

Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska – Pet Policy

Denali is six million acres of wild land bisected by a single ribbon of road. Pets visiting Denali can go in campgrounds accessed by private vehicles, along roads, and on the Roadside Trail and Bike Path, but not on any other trails.

Woman n a tent with two dogs

None of the pet friendly camping options at Denali National Park have hook-ups, but there are several campgrounds to choose from:

  • Riley Creek Campground – Sites for tents and large RVs with seasonal access to restrooms and showers
  • Savage River Campground – Sites for tents and large RVs with seasonal access to restrooms, but no showers
  • Teklanika River Campground – Though nearly all private vehicles must turn around at Savage River Campground, Tek campers are an exception to that rule. The trade-off for experiencing this section of Denali Park Road is that you must stay at least three nights, and your vehicle must stay in your campsite for the duration of your stay. Teklanika has seasonal water for drinking and vault toilets.

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Pennsylvania and New Jersey – Pet Policy

The Delaware Water Gap offers stunning scenery to hikers on the peaks and kayakers in the valleys. And with miles of pet friendly trails, you’ll find plenty to explore with your pet!

Pet friendly camping is available at Dingmans Campground where most sites are rustic, but there are a few RV sites with electric and water hook-ups. Campers also have access to showers and running water. Additionally, there are many spots for backcountry campers and their pets.

Devils Postpile National Monument, California – Pet Policy

Leashed pets visiting Devils Postpile can join you in the day-use areas, on the trails, and in the campground. Dogs can even ride the shuttle buses, as long as they’re leashed and muzzled.

Devils Postpile National Monument is reconsidering operating its 20-site campground. However, there are four campgrounds on National Forest land nearby: Pumice Flat, Minaret Falls, Upper Soda Springs, and Reds Meadow. All sites are $23 each.

Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming – Pet Policy

Devils Tower is an magnificent geological feature, rising over the rolling plains. Leashed pets can join you in the picnic area, parking areas, along the roads, and in the campground, but not on trails or in buildings.

The pet friendly Belle Fourche River Campground is open May through October (weather permitting). It’s a 2-loop, 50-site campground that can accommodate tents and RVs up to 35 feet. Sites are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, there are no hook-ups, and campers have access to restrooms but no showers. Leaving pets unattended in the campground is not allowed.

 

Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado and Utah Pet Policy

Dinosaurs once shook the Earth, and your dog can join you for a walk in their footsteps at Dinosaur National Monument. Leashed pets are allowed on the Cold Desert, Plug Hat Butte and other trails at the Plug Hat Picnic Area, Echo Park Overlook, and Iron Springs Bench Overlook on the Colorado side, and on the River Trail on the Utah side. In addition, pets can go in day-use areas, river launches, campgrounds, parking areas, and within 100 feet of roads.

Campers with pets have plenty of options, with three pet friendly campgrounds in Colorado and three in Utah:

  • Deerlodge Park, Colorado – Walk-in sites for tents only with no water and vault toilet
  • Echo Park, Colorado – Sites for tents and truck campers with drinking water and vault toilets. High-clearance vehicles only.
  • Gates of Lodore, Colorado – Sites for RVs and tents with drinking water (May to October) and vault toilets
  • Green River Campground, Utah – Sites for tents and RVs with restrooms but no showers
  • Rainbow Park, Utah – Walk-in sites for tents only with no water and vault toilet. Road may be impassable when wet.
  • Split Mountain Campground, Utah – Sites for tents and large RVs with seasonal restrooms and vault toilets in spring, fall, and winter

El Morro National Monument, New Mexico – Pet Policy

A reliable waterhole hidden at the base of a sandstone bluff made El Morro (the headland) a popular campsite for hundreds of years. Now you and your leashed pets can explore the trails where ancestral Puebloans, Spanish, and American travelers have carved over 2,000 signatures, dates, messages, and petroglyphs in the stone.

Ty the Shar-pei and Buster the German Shepherd from GoPetFriendly.com relaxing in a campsite on their dog zip line

The nine-site, pet friendly campground at El Morro is open year-round and accommodates tents and RVs under 27 feet on a first-come, first-served basis. Each site has a graveled tent pad, picnic table, and ground grill for fires. Water is available during the summer season.

Everglades National Park, Florida – Pet Policy

Everglades National Park protects an unparalleled landscape that provides important habitat for numerous rare and endangered species like the manatee,  American crocodile, and the elusive Florida panther. To protect wildlife and visiting pets, leashed dogs are restricted to maintained grounds surrounding public facilities, residential areas, roadside picnic areas, campgrounds, along roadways open to public vehicles, and aboard boats. All pets must remain leashed and under close supervision, even in designated pet friendly areas.

There are two pet friendly camping options at Everglades National Park. The drive-in campgrounds are accessible from the Homestead entrance of the park: Long Pine Key Campground and Flamingo Campground. Both campgrounds have tent and RV sites, restrooms, showers, water, and a sewer dump station with fresh water fill, but only Flamingo campground has electric hook-ups.

 

Fire Island National Seashore, New York – Pet Policy

Pets visiting Fire Island must reamin on a six-foot leash at all times and you must clean up after them. They are only allowed on the beaches from October to March, and you could see signs with additional restrictions during shorebird nesting seasons.

The 26 sand campsites at Fire Island National Seashore’s Watch Hill campground can be reached by boat or pet friendly ferry. Wilderness/Backcountry camping is also available in the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness on the eastern end of Fire Island.

Gauley River National Recreation Area, West Virginia – No Online Pet Policy Available

Pets on leashes no longer than six feet are welcome in the park, but are not allowed in the buildings.

You’ll find 18 primitive campsites for tents and RVs at pet friendly Gauley Tailwaters Campground. From April through October there is a restroom less than a hundred yards from campground with potable water and flush toilets. The remainder of the year campers have access to a vault toilet and non-potable water from rainwater collection system.

Glacier National Park, Montana – Pet Policy

At Glacier, leashed pets can explore developed areas, front country campgrounds, picnic areas, along roads, in parking areas, and on boats on lakes allowing motorized watercraft. Pets cannot go on trails, along lake shores, in the backcountry, or in any building. Further, roads closed to vehicle traffic in winter are considered backcountry trails so dogs cannot walk on them. Finally, you cannot tie your pet to an object and leave him unattended.

Glacier National Park offers 13 frontcountry, pet friendly camping options. Though none of the campgrounds have water or electric hook-ups.

  • Apgar Campground – the largest campground at Glacier with 194 sites; 25 can accommodate vehicles up to 40 feet. Near Apgar Village, facilities include potable water, restrooms with flush toilets, sinks with running water, dump station (seasonal).
  • Avalanche Campground – 87 sites; 50 can accommodate vehicles up to 26 feet. Sites assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Campground has potable water, restrooms with flush toilets, and sinks with running water.
  • Bowman Lake Campground – the drive to Bowman Lake is a very slow, dusty, and bumpy on dirt roads, and the 46 campsites are for tents only. Potable water is available during the summer season only. Pit toilets nearby. Sites are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Cut Bank Campground – accessed by a 5 mile dirt road off Highway 89, the 14 sites here are first-come, first-served. RVs are not recommended, and there are no water or restroom facilities.
  • Fish Creek Campground – the second largest campground at Glacier with 173 reservable sites; 18 can accommodate vehicles up to 35 feet. Campground has potable water and restrooms with flush toilets and sinks with running water, showers in Loop A, and a dump station.

READ MORE ⇒ Visiting Glacier National Park With Dogs

Ty and Buster at Glacier National Park, MT
  • Kintla Lake Campground – the most remote of Glacier’s frontcountry campgrounds. Thirteen first-come, first-served sites rarely fill. Accessed via bumpy dirt roads. RVs not recommended. Pit toilets are available and hand pump for potable water during the summer.
  • Logging Creek Campground – seven first-come, first-served sites. Accessed by narrow, winding road. RVs not recommended. No water or restroom facilities.
  • Many Glacier Campground – 109 reservable sites; 13 can accommodate vehicles up to 35 feet. Campground has potable water, restrooms with flush toilets, sinks with running water (seasonal). Token-operated showers and dump station available at nearby Swiftcurrent Motor Inn.
  • Quartz Creek Campground – the smallest of Glacier’s campgrounds. Seven first-come, first-served tent sites with pit toilets and no water. Accessed via rough dirt road with blind curves and few pullouts.
  • Rising Sun Campground – 84 first-come, first-served sites; 10 can accommodate vehicles up to 25 feet. Campground has potable water, restrooms with flush toilets, and sinks with running water. Camp store adjacent to campground with casual restaurant, token-operated showers, and dump station.
  • Sprague Creek Campground – 25 first-come, first-served tent sites. Early arrival recommended. Campground has potable water, restrooms with flush toilets, and sinks with running water. Camp store, restaurant, gift shop, tour buses, boat tours, and horse rides at Lake McDonald Lodge, about a mile away.
  • St. Mary Campground – 148 reservable sites; 3 can accommodate vehicles up to 40 feet and 22 can accommodate vehicles up to 35 feet. Open year-round. During summer facilities include potable water, restrooms with flush toilets, sinks with running water, and showers in Loop C. Camp store, restaurants, gift shops, gas, and groceries at nearby St. Mary’s Visitor Center.
  • Two Medicine Campground – 10 first-come, first-served sites that can accommodate vehicles up to 35 feet. Campground has potable water, restrooms with flush toilets and sinks with running water.
 

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona and Utah – Pet Policy

This recreation area stretches for hundreds of miles from Lees Ferry in Arizona to the Orange Cliffs of southern Utah. Encompassing over 1.25 million acres, the park offers unparalleled opportunities for water-based & backcountry recreation.

Leashed pets can enjoy most of the park with you, but cannot go in the following areas: archeological sites, in marinas, or on docks, walkways, or launch ramps, except when proceeding directly to or from a boat, along the San Juan River from Clay Hills Crossing to the Glen Canyon NRA boundary, at Orange Cliffs special permit area, at Rainbow Bridge NM, except for pets in vessels at the courtesy docks, on the Colorado River downstream from the dam to the boundary of Grand Canyon NP, or at Coyote Gulch within the boundaries of GCNRA.

The park has campgrounds operated by the National Park Service as well as by private concessionaires. The NPS campsites do not require reservations and include:

  • Lees Ferry Campground – 54 sites with no hook-ups, modern restrooms with potable water, and a dump station
  • Lone Rock Beach Campground – primitive dune camping with micro-flush and vault toilets, outdoor cold shower, potable water (seasonal), and dump station
  • Beehive and Stanton Creek – primitive beach camping areas with no amenities

READ MORE ⇒ Tips For RVing With Pets

Pet friendly campgrounds operated by concessionaires at Glen Canyon include:

  • Wahweap Campground – 112 sites with no hook-ups, 90 with full hook-ups, and 6 group camping sites. Facilities include restrooms, laundry, showers, store, phones, dump station and potable water. The amphitheater, picnic area and swim beach are nearby.
  • Bullfrog: 78 sites, restroom, phones, dump station, potable water station, ½ mile to laundry, store, post office, launch ramp. No reservations. The concessioner also operates a separate RV park with 24 full hook-up sites.
  • Halls Crossing: 43 sites, 2 group sites, dump station, potable water, 2 dish sinks, hot/cold showers. Laundry, store, gas, phones, and launch ramp 1/2 mile. The concessioner also operates a separate RV park with 32 full hook-up sites.

In addition, you can camp anywhere on the shorelines of Lake Powell except in developed marinas. There is no camping fee or permit required to camp on the lake in undeveloped areas.

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona – Pet Policy

At the Grand Canyon, leashed pets can enjoy the developed areas, all named trails above the rim, including the 13-mile South Rim Trail, and the campgrounds.

There are three pet friendly camping options to choose from at Grand Canyon National Park:

  • Desert View Campground – 50 sites (no hook-ups) assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Total vehicle length maximum is 30 feet. Campers have access to potable water, restrooms with flush toilets and running water in the sinks, but no showers.
  • Mather Campground – Open year-round with no hook-ups, accommodating vehicles up to 30 feet. Campers have access to restrooms, showers, and laundry.
  • Trailer Village – paved RV sites with full hook-ups which can accommodate vehicle up to 50 feet.

In addition to camping, this park offers pet friendly hotel options. Yavapai Lodge  – rustic hotel with clean, comfortable rooms

READ MORE ⇒  Things to do at the Grand Canyon with Dogs

Man and two dogs enjoying the view at Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming – Pet Policy

Leashed pets at Grand Teton National Park can walk only in developed areas: along roads (paved and dirt), in campgrounds, picnic areas, and other developed areas of the park. Pets cannot go on any park trails, in the backcountry, on boats on park waters, except for Jackson Lake, in the buildings, or on the multi-use path.

Grand Teton National Park offers several pet friendly camping options to choose from:

  • Colter Bay – 335 sites, 13 with electric hook-up, and modern comfort stations in a wooded campground with larger sites and easier access if you are traveling with a camper, trailer, or RV. Close to Jackson Lake with dump station, showers, and laundry nearby.
  • Gros Ventre Campground – more than 300 sites, 36 with electric hookups, and modern comfort stations with access to fresh water and a dump station.
  • Headwaters Campground – 175 sites with full hook-ups for RVs, and access to modern comfort stations, a dump station and landry, plus camper cabins
  • Jenny Lake Campground – 60 tent-only sites (10 hike or bike in) only with restrooms but no showers
  • Lizard Creek Campground – 60 sites with no hook-ups and modern comfort stations that can accommodate vehicles up to 30 feet.
  • Signal Mountain Campground – 81 sites, 36 with electric hook-ups adjacent to Signal Mountain Lodge and Marina. Access to modern comfort stations with campstore and other amenities nearby.
Teton Mountains - Jackson, WY
 

Great Basin National Park, Nevada – Pet Policy

Leashed pets can join you on the Lexington Arch Trail (which requires a high clearance, four-wheel drive vehicle and advanced driving skills to reach the trailhead), on the trail between Baker and the Great Basin Visitor Center, and along campground roads only. Pets cannot accompany you on any other trails, on tours of Lehman Caves, at evening programs, or in the backcountry.

Great Basin National Park offers seven pet friendly camping options in developed campgrounds. Facilities include vault toilets, picnic tables, tent pads, campfire grills, but no hook-ups. Lower Lehman Creek is the only campground open year-round. The other campgrounds open as the weather permits.

  • Lower Lehman Creek Campground – 11 sites assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited number of pull-through sites for RVs and trailers. Water available spring through fall, weather permitting.
  • Upper Lehman Creek Campground – 24 sites assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Water available spring through fall, weather permitting.
  • Wheeler Peak Campground – 37 sites assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Water is available spring through fall, weather permitting. Road is narrow and winding – closed to vehicles or combinations longer than 24 feet past Upper Lehman Campground. Closed for the entire 2021 season.
  • Baker Creek Campground – 38 sites assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Water available spring through fall, weather permitting.
  • Grey Cliffs Campground – 16 reservable sites with group camping available. Water accessible 1.4 miles away at Baker Creek Campground.
  • Snake Creek Campground – 12 sites assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. No water is available. Road is a primitive dirt road.
  • Strawberry Creek Campground – 8 sites assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. No water is available. Closed until further notice due to fire recovery efforts.

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, Colorado – Pet Policy

Pets can join you in exploring the most commonly used areas at Great Sand Dunes, as long as you keep them leashed and clean up after them. The places pets cannot go include: Dunefield outside the main day use area, Sand Ramp Trail north of Point of No Return (including backpacking sites), and undeveloped areas of the park outside the day use areas and road corridors.

Ty and Buster, the GoPetFriendly.com dogs, posing at pet friendly Great Sand Dunes National Park

Great Sand Dunes National Park offers pet friendly camping at Piñon Flats Campground, one mile north of the Visitor Center. A few of the 88 campsites will accommodate RVs up to 35 feet. the campground is open April through October, and half of the sites a reservable, with the other half available on a first-come, first-served basis. There are restrooms with flush toilets and sinks, but no water or electric hook-ups.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina and Tennessee – Pet Policy

At Great Smoky Mountains, leashed pets can walk only in campgrounds, picnic areas, along roads, and on two walking paths, the Gatlinburg Trail (1.9 miles one-way) and the Oconaluftee River Trail (1.5 miles one-way). They cannot go on any other park trails and you cannot leave them unattended in vehicles or RVs.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park has ten front country camping options for people traveling with a pet. Facilities include restrooms, cold running water, and flush toilets. Shower facilities are available in the communities surrounding the national park, so ask where the closest is when you check into the campground. Most sites provide no hook-ups, but there are a few sites in Cades Cove, Elkmont, and Smokemont for use only by those with a medical need.

  • Abrams Creek – 16 sites, tents only
  • Balsam Mountain – 42 sites, tents only
  • Big Creek – 12 sites, tents only
  • Cades Cove – 159 reservable sites, open year-round, maximum 40 foot RV and 35 foot trailer length, dump station available year round
  • Cataloochee – 27 reservable sites, tents only
  • Cosby – 157 reservable sites, maximum RV length is 25 feet
  • Deep Creek – 92 sites, maximum RV length is 26 feet
  • Elkmont – 220 reservable sites, maximum 35 foot RV and 32 foot trailer length, dump station nearby (in season)
  • Look Rock – 68 sites, no size limitations
  • Smokemont – 142 reservable sites, open year-round, maximum 40 foot RV and 35 foot trailer length, dump station available year round
 

Greenbelt Park, Maryland – No Online Pet Policy Available

Greenbelt Park is only twelve miles from Washington. DC and has nine miles of pet friendly trails for you to explore while camping with your pet. You must leash your pets and clean up after them.

Greenbelt Park Campground has 174 no hook-up sites for tents and RVs. Campers have access to hot showers, flush toilets, and a dump station.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas – Pet Policy

Pets visiting the park can only walk in areas accessible to vehicles, including roadsides, parking areas, picnic areas, and campgrounds. In addition, leashed pets may walk with you on the short trail between the campground and the Pine Springs Visitor Center, and along the Pinery Trail from the visitor center to the Butterfield Station. Pets cannot go on any other trails or in the backcountry.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park has two front country camping options for people traveling with a pet. Available on a first-come, first served basis, neither provides hook-ups. But both have potable water, restrooms, and a utility sick for dish washing.

  • Pine Springs Campground – 20 tent and 20 RV sites with 1 stock corral
  • Dog Canyon Campground – 9 tent sites, 4 RV sites and 1 stock corral

Gulf Islands National Seashore, Florida and Mississippi – Pet Policy

At Gulf Islands National Seashore, leashed pets can walk all trails, paths, and along roads, but cannot go on the beaches or inside the buildings.

Gulf Islands National Seashore maintains two developed campgrounds, one in Mississippi and one in Florida. Each campground offers water, grill/fire rings, restrooms with hot showers, and picnic tables.

Haleakalā National Park, Hawaii – Pet Policy

Leashed pets at Haleaklā can visit developed areas only, including parking lots, drive-up campgrounds, on paved paths, and along roadways. Pets cannot go on the trails.

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Haleaklā Naitonal Park has two camping options for people traveling with a pet. Available on a first-come, first served basis, you can camp here just three nights per month:

  • Kīpahulu Campground – located on the east side of the park near sea level. The limit in this campground is 100 people. Campers have access to picnic tables, BBQ grills, and pit toilets. There is no water at the campground, but drinking water is available at the nearby Kīpahulu Visitor Center restrooms.
  • Hosmer Grove Campground – located in the cloud belt of Haleakalā, just below the 7,000-foot level in the summit area. The limit in this campground is 50 people. Sites are close together in an open, grassy area near the forest and have access to picnic tables, BBQ grills, drinking water, and pit toilets.
 

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii – Pet Policy

Leashed pets can only go in developed areas of the park, including paved roadways, parking areas, and the campgrounds. Please be sure they do not harass the endangered Nene geese which can sometimes be found in the campground.

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park has two camping options for people traveling with a pet.

  • Kulanaokuaiki Campground – 9 designated campsites with picnic tables and tent pads, available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no water and a vault-type toilet.
  • Nāmakanipaio Campground – 7-night camping limit, and the campground has restrooms and water but no RV hook-ups.

Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas – Pet Policy

Leashed pets can enjoy the trails and campground at Hot Springs National park, but cannot go inside the visitor center or other park buildings.

Hot Springs National Park offers pet friendly camping at the Gulpha Gorge Campground. These full hook-up sites can accommodate tents or RVs. Assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, each campsite has a picnic table, pedestal grill, and water nearby. Campers have access to potable water, flush toilets, and a dump station, but there are no showers.

Hovenweep National Monument, Colorado & Utah – Pet Policy

Hovenweep National Monument preserves six prehistoric villages built between AD 1200 and 1300. Leashed pets can join you on all trails and in the campground, as long as you dispose of their waste properly.

Hovenweep Campground has 31 sites and is open year-round. Available on a first-come, first-served basis, most sites will only fit a tent, but a few will accommodate RVs up to 36 feet long. There are no hook-ups, and campers have access to flush toilets, and running water.  Drinking water is available only during the summer months and there is a five-gallon limit per person.

Indiana Dunes National Park, Indiana – Pet Policy

Pets are welcome at Indiana Dunes National Park, including the beaches east of Indiana Dunes State Park (Kemil Beach, Dunbar Beach and Lake View Beach). Leashes no longer than 6 feet are required at times, even when pets are swimming. The trails and parking areas west of the state park are pet friendly, however pets cannot walk on those beaches (Porter Beach, Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk Beach and West Beach). In addition, pets cannot go on the portion of the Glenwood Dunes Trails specifically designated for horses, the Great Marsh Trail System, or the nature Play Area.

Indiana Dunes National Park offers pet friendly camping at Dunewood Campground. Open from April through October, sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. It has 66 sites, and 12 of those are for tents only. There are no hook-ups but the campground has restrooms and showers.

Shar-pei and German Shepherd Dog on a pet friendly beach at Indiana Dunes National Park, Indiana
 

Joshua Tree National Park, California – Pet Policy

At Joshua Tree, leashed pets can explore developed areas, including picnic areas, parking lots, along the many paved and gravel roads, and in campgrounds. However, pets cannot go on any trails or in the backcountry.

Joshua Tree National Park has many camping options for people traveling with a pet. During the quieter summer months, you can get a site on a first-come, first-served basis. During other times of the year, you can make reservations at Black Rock and Indian Cove campgrounds. None of the sites have hook-ups, and all campgrounds will accommodate RVs and tents.

  • Black Rock – 99 sites with water, flush toilets, tables, fire grates and a dump station
  • Belle – 18 sites with pit toilets, tables, and fire grates. No water.
  • Cottonwood – 62 sites with water, flush toilets, tables, fire grates and a dump station
  • Indian Cove – 101 sites with pit toilets, tables, and fire grates. No water.
  • Hidden Valley – 44 sites with pit toilets, tables, and fire grates. No water.
  • Jumbo Rocks – 124 sites with pit toilets, tables and fire grates. No water.
  • Ryan – 31 sites with pit toilets, tables and fire grates. No water.
  • White Tank – 15 sites with pit toilets, tables and fire grates. No water.
Buster the dog at pet friendly Joshua Tree National Park - Palm Springs, CA

Lake Mead National Recreation Area – Arizona and Nevada – Pet Policy

At Lake Mead, pets on leashes no longer than six feet can join you throughout the park. But you cannot leave them unattended in vehicles.

Lake Mead offers a great selection of pet friendly campgrounds, which are open year round and accept reservations:

  • Boulder Beach Campground – 148 RV or tent sites. No hook-ups or showers.
  • Callville Bay Campground – 52 RV or tent sites. No hook-ups or showers.
  • Callville Bay RV Park – 5 RV sites with hook-ups and showers.
  • Echo Bay Campground – 37 RV or tent sites. No hook-ups or showers.
  • Echo Bay RV Park – 58 RV sites with hook-ups and showers.
  • Lake Mead RV Village – 115 RV sites with hook-ups and showers.
  • Las Vegas Bay Campground – 84 RV or tent sites. No hook-ups or showers.
  • Temple Bar Campground – 71 RV or tent sites. No hook-ups or showers.
  • Temple Bar RV Park – 10 reservable RV sites with hook-ups and showers.
Buster, Ty, and Rod - Lake Mead, NV

Lake Meredith National Recreation Area, Texas – Pet Policy

Pets on leash can enjoy all Lake Meredith offers with you! There are a variety of camping opportunities, including scenic overlooks, shoreline camping, and wooded campgrounds. All campgrounds are free and sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Trailer/RV hook-ups are not available anywhere at Lake Meredith and dump stations with non-potable water are located near Fritch Fortress and Sanford-Yake campgrounds.

  • Blue Creek Bridge – undeveloped camping with no drinking water, and pit toilets available by off-road vehicles only.
  • Blue West – picnic tables, shade shelters, and grills with vault toilets and no drinking water
  • Bugbee – undeveloped camping with vault toilets and no drinking water
  • Cedar Canyon – undeveloped beach camping; restroom with potable water and flush toilets near parking lot
  • Chimney Hollow – semi-developed campground with picnic tables and vault toilets, but no drinking water
  • Fritch Fortress – sites suited for RV, campers, and trailers, with picnic tables, shade shelters, and grills. Bathroom with potable water, showers, and flush toilets and paved road & pull-through parking available. No hook-ups.
  • Harbor Bay – picnic tables, shade shelters, and grills with vault toilets and no drinking water
  • McBride Canyon – picnic tables, shade shelters, grills, and horse corrals with vault toilets and no drinking water
  • Mullinaw Creek – picnic tables, shade shelters, grills, and horse corrals with vault toilets and no drinking water
  • Plum Creek – picnic tables, shade shelters, grills, and horse corrals with vault toilets and no drinking water
  • Rosita – undeveloped camping with no drinking water and no toilets
  • Sanford-Yake – 51 sites suited for RV, campers, and trailers, with picnic tables, shade shelters, and grills. Bathroom with potable water, showers, and flush toilets and paved road & pull-through parking available.
 

Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, Washington – Pet Policy

Leashed pets can join you throughout the park, as long as you clean up after them. However, pets cannot enter buildings, designated picnic areas, or developed swim beaches. Additionally, you cannot tie pets to objects and leave them unattended.

Lake Roosevelt has 11 boat-in campgrounds and 16 drive-in campgrounds, all of which are pet friendly and open year round. Most are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and there are no hook-ups at any of the campgrounds. Each campsite has a fire ring, picnic table, and a paved parking space. Some sites are long enough to accommodate large RVs. Most car campgrounds have flush toilets, but during the winter water and restrooms are not available.

Lassen Volcanic National Park, California Pet Policy

Pets visiting Lassen Volcanic National Park can join you in developed areas, including picnic areas, parking areas, along roadways, and in campgrounds. They cannot go on any hiking trails, in the backcountry (including snow-covered roads or trails), in any body of water, or inside visitor centers or other park facilities.

Lassen Volcanic National Park has eight camping options for people traveling with a pet. Facilities range from developed to primitive, and sites at half the campgrounds are reservable. Each campsite has a picnic table, fire ring equipped with grill, and a metal bear box for food storage. There are no hookups in the park, and a dump station is located near Manzanita Lake.

  • Butte Lake – 101 sites with a maximum vehicle length of 35 feet. No potable water and vault toilets.
  • Juniper Lake – 18 sites with no potable water and pit toilets. The last 6 miles to the campground is rough dirt road not suitable for buses, motor homes, or trailers.
  • Manzanita Lake – 179 sites with a maximum vehicle length of 40 feet. Flush toilets, potable water, and dump station available in summer. Showers and laundry nearby.
  • Summit Lake – 94 sites with a maximum vehicle length of 35 feet. RVs are limited to the north section. Flush toilets are available in the north section; pit toilets and potable water are available in the south section.
  • Southwest Walk-in – 20 tents-only sites available year round. Flush toilets and potable water available until mid-October, and at Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center (24-hour vestibule) year round.
  • Warner Valley – 18 sites available on a first-come, first-served, basis with vault toilets and potable water. RVs are not recommended.

Lava Beds National Monument, California – Pet Policy

At Lava Beds, leashed pets can walk in developed areas, including parking areas, along roadways, and in campgrounds, but not on trails, in caves, or in buildings.

Pet friendly Indian Wells Campground has 43 sites available on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no hook-ups, and sites can accommodate tents, pickup campers, small trailers and motor homes up to 30 feet (not all sites can accommodate motor homes). Restrooms with water, sinks and flush toilets are available year round.

Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky – Pet Policy

Most people come to see the caverns. But pets on leash can enjoy nearly everything that’s above ground at Mammoth Cave National Park with you – including 84 miles of trails!

Pets can also enjoy the picnic areas and campgrounds, but cannot go in any of the caves.

The Mammoth Cave Lodge operates a kennel where your pet will be comfortable while you tour the caves.

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Mammoth Cave National Park offers a variety of camping options for people traveling with a pet:

  • Houchin Ferry Campground – 12 primitive, tent-only campsites with portable toilets and potable water.
  • Mammoth Cave Campground – 111 sites for tents or RVs with potable water, hot showers, and flush toilets. Available seasonally and by reservation. Maximum RV length is 38 feet, maximum trailer length is 26 feet. There are no electric or water hookups except at two VIP sites. A dump station is available at the adjacent service center.
  • Maple Springs Campground – 8 sites (6 tent, 2 RV) with electric hook-ups at two sites and potable water seasonally. Maximum RV length is 40 feet, maximum trailer length is 26 feet.

Pet friendly lodging is also available at Mammoth Cave Lodge’s Woodland Cottages for a small pet fee.

 

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado – Pet Policy

At Mesa Verde National Park, leashed pets can walk along paved roads, in parking lots, and at the campground. Pet can also enjoy some of the trails on Wetherill Mesa with you when it is open in the spring, summer, and fall, including the 5-mile Long House Loop. Please check signs at trailheads before taking your pet on any trail and use the pet waste stations located along the trails to clean up after your pet.

Pets cannot go on any other trails in the park, in archeological sites, or in buildings. You cannot leave pets unattended or tied to any object within the park, including the exterior of vehicles within park boundaries.

Mesa Verde National Park offers pet friendly camping at Morefield Campground. With 267 sites, each with a table, bench, and grill, the campground accommodates tents, trailers and RVs, including 15 full hook-up RV sites that require reservations. The remaining sites have no electric or hook-ups. But there is an RV dump station, coin-operated laundry, complimentary showers, gift shop, and grocery store in Morefield’s full-service village.

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Missouri National Recreational River, South Dakota and Nebraska – Pet Policy

Leashed pets can join you throughout the park, except on designated swimming beaches or in buildings. However, don’t leash pets when they’re in a canoe or boat on the river. In Nebraska, pet leashes must be no longer than 6 feet; in South Dakota, leashes can be 10 feet.

Missouri National Recreational River offers primitive camping available at the 220-acre Bow Creek Recreation Area, which is accessible only on foot or by boat. Please follow leave-no-trace practices.

Additional pet friendly camping options are available at two Gavins Point Dam campgrounds operated by the Army Corps of Engineers and campgrounds in nearby Nebraska and South Dakota State Parks.

Mount Rainier National Park, Washington – Pet Policy

Leashed pets visiting Mount Ranier can join you on the Pacific Crest Trail, and in developed areas, such as parking lots and along roadways. Pets cannot go in the following areas: trails other than the Pacific Crest Trail, in wilderness and/or off-trail areas, inside buildings, in amphitheaters, and on snow-covered roads closed for winter, except designated snowmobile routes.

Mount Rainier National Park has four camping options for people traveling with a pet. However, none have water, electrical, or sewer hook-ups.

  • Cougar Rock Campground – 173 sites, open late-May to late-September, with water, flush toilets, dump station, and fire grates. Maximum RV length is 35 feet, maximum trailer length is 27 feet.
  • Ohanapecosh Campground – 188 sites, open late-May to late-September, with water, flush toilets, dump station, and fire grates. Maximum RV length is 32 feet, maximum trailer length is 27 feet.
  • White River Campground – 112 sites, open late-June to late-September, with water, flush toilets, and fire grates. Maximum RV length is 27 feet, maximum trailer length is 18 feet.
  • Mowich Lake Campground – 13 primitive, tent-only campsites with vault toilets and no potable water. You must walk to these sites.
 

Natchez Trace Parkway, Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee – Pet Policy

The Natchez Trace runs 444 miles, from Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee. Offering a quiet alternative to our modern, fast-paced highways, you’ll find more than 100 exhibits, interpretive signs, and marked trails along the way, providing an opportunity for you step back in time. Best of all, pets on leashes no more than six feet in length can join you throughout the park.

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There are many private and state park campgrounds along the Natchez Trace, and the park itself has three pet friendly campgrounds that are free and available on a first come, first serve basis. They do not have electricity, showers, or dump stations.

  • Rocky Springs Campground – Mile Marker 54.8 – 22 sites with restrooms, drinking water, and hiking
  • Jeff Busby Campground – Mile Marker 193.1 – 18 sites with restrooms, drinking water, and hiking
  • Meriwether Lewis Campground – Mile Marker 385.9 – 32 sites with restrooms, drinking water, and hiking

Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah – Pet Policy

Leashed pets can only go in developed areas at Natural Bridges, including at overlooks, pull-outs, along the paved scenic drive, and in campgrounds. Pets cannot join you on hiking trails or in buildings.

The pet friendly Natural Bridges Campground has 13 sites with fire grills, picnic tables, tent pads, and vault toilets. There are no hook-ups, but visitors do have access to drinking water (limited to 5 gallons per person) and flush toilets year round in the visitor center, a quarter mile away. Maximum RV length is 24 feet.

New River Gorge National River, West Virginia – Pet Policy

Pets can enjoy the New River Gorge, as long as they are on a leash no longer than six feet and you pick up after them.

New River Gorge National River provides eight pet friendly, primitive camping areas along the river. Sites are available at no charge, but have no drinking water or hook-ups and limited restroom facilities. Available on a first-come, first-served basis, these sites cannot be reserved.

  • Stone Cliff Beach – 6 walk-in and 1 vehicle site
  • Army Camp – 11 drive-in sites for tents or RVs
  • Grandview Sandbar – 10 sites for tents or small to medium sized RVs, plus 6 walk-in tent sites
  • Glade Creek – 6 walk-in tent sites and 5 drive-in sites for tents or small to medium RVs
  • War Ridge / Backus Mountain – 8 drive-in sites for tents or small RVs
  • Brooklyn – 4 walk-in sites and 1 drive-in site for tents only
  • Thayer – description not provided
  • Gauley Tailwaters – Located at the Gauley River National Recreation Area – 18 drive-in sites for tents and RVs
  • Meadow Creek – Located one mile from the Sandstone Visitor Center – not recommended for longer RVs.

Obed Wild and Scenic River, Tennessee – Pet Policy

Pets on leashes no longer than six feet can enjoy the park, however they cannot swim in the water.

Rock Creek Campground is pet friendly and has 11 campsites with grills and primitive toilet facilities, but no running water. The campground does take reservations.

 

Olympic National Park, Washington – Pet Policy

Leashed pets are welcome only in certain areas within Olympic National Park, including Peabody Creek Trail, Rialto Beach parking lot to Ellen Creek (1/2 mile), Madison Falls Trail, Spruce Railroad Trail, the beaches between the Hoh and Quinault Reservations, and the campgrounds.

Pets cannot go on any paved or dirt trails, in public buildings, on interpretive walks, in the wilderness, on boats in rivers, or on any beaches other than those listed above.

Olympic National Park has many camping options for people traveling with a pet.

  • Deer Park Campground – 14 sites available on a first-come, first-served basis; tents only with pit toilets and no potable water
  • Dosewallips Campground (Walk-in) – open year-round on a first-come, first-served basis; tents only with pit toilets and no potable water
  • Fairholme Campground – 88 sites available on a first-come, first-served basis; accessible for tents and RVs (max 21 feet) with flush toilets, potable water, and dump station
  • Graves Creek Campground – 30 sites available year-round on a first-come, first-served basis; tents only with pit toilets and no potable water
  • Heart O’ The Hills Campground – 105 sites available year-round on a first-come, first-served basis; accessible for tents and RVs (most sites up to 21 feet, a few up to 35), except in winter when it may be necessary to walk in. Campers have access to flush toilets and potable water.
  • Hoh Campground – 78 sites available year-round on a first-come, first-served basis; accessible for tents and RVs (max 21 feet) with flush toilets and potable water
  • Kalaloch Campground – 170 reservable sites available year round; accessible for tents and RVs (most sites up to 21 feet, a few up to 35) with flush toilets, potable water, and dump station

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  • Mora Campground – 94 sites available year-round on a first-come, first-served basis; accessible for tents and RVs (most sites up to 21 feet, a few up to 35) with  flush toilets, potable water and dump station
  • North Fork Campground – 9 sites available year round on a first-come, first-served basis; RVs not recommended with pit toilets and no potable water
  • Ozette Campground – 15 sites available year round on a first-come, first-served basis; accessible for tents and RVs (max 21 feet) with pit toilets and potable water
  •  Queets Campground – 20 sites available year round on a first-come, first-served basis; RVs not recommended with pit toilets and no potable water
  •  Sol Duc Campground – 82 reservable sites; accessible for tents and RVs (most sites up to 21 feet, a few up to 35) with flush toilets, potable water, and dump station
  • South Beach Campground – 55 sites available on a first-come, first-served basis; accessible for tents and RVs (most sites up to 21 feet, a few up to 35) with flush toilets and no potable water
  • Staircase Campground – 49 sites available (5 are walk-in only) on a first-come, first-served basis; accessible for tents and RVs (most sites up to 21 feet, a few up to 35) with flush toilets and potable water in season and pit toilets and no water in off-season

Privately-operated campgrounds in the park also allow pets, can accommodate larger RVs, and provide hook-ups.

Pet friendly lodging is also available in the Boathouse Rooms at Lake Quinault Lodge for a $25 per pet, per stay fee.

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona – Pet Policy

At Organ Pipe leashed pets can join you on the Palo Verde Trail, Campground Perimeter Trail, and along all roads open to visitors, including the paved campground areas. Pets can also enjoy the nature trail at the Kris Eggle Visitor Center, but must access the trail from the parking lot, not through the visitor center. Pets cannot go on any other trails or in the wilderness.

Campers with pets have two campground options at Organ Pipe:

  • Twin Peaks Campground – 34 tent and 174 RV sites, which will accommodate vehicles up to 45 feet. Camper have access to restrooms with running water, a few of which have solar showers. There are no water or electrical hook-ups available, but there is a dump station.
  • Alamo Campground – 4 tent-only sites available on a first-come, first-served basis with no facilities. You cannot have fires at this campground.

Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Missouri – Pet Policy

At Ozark National Scenic Riverways, leashed pets can explore the entire park with you!

There are many pet friendly year round camping options available. And the campsites have tables, fire grills, and some have electrical hook-ups. Campers also have access to restrooms and some campground have showers and dump stations.

  • Alley Spring, Big Spring, Powder Mill, Pulltite, and Two Rivers – No hook-ups. Restrooms with showers during summer season.
  • Round Spring – Some sites with electric hook-ups. Restrooms with showers during summer season.
  • The park also has numerous primitive camping areas
 

Padre Island National Seashore, Texas – Pet Policy

Leashed pets at Padre Island can enjoy much of the park, including camping areas and over 60 miles of beach. The only areas where pets cannot go are: the deck of Malaquite Pavilion and its facilities, the boardwalk that goes from the deck down to the beach, and the short stretch of beach directly in front of the Pavilion. But even there, pets and their owners can still get to the beach using a pet access trail at the northern end of the Malaquite Pavilion parking area, and pet owners have access to restrooms and rinse-off showers near the trailhead.

Padre Island also has several pet friendly camping options, available year round on a first-come, first served basis. There are no RV hook-ups in the park, but a water filling station and dump station are available.

  • Bird Island Basin Campground – tent and RV sites with chemical toilets
  • Malaquite Campground – 48 sites for tents or RVs. Restrooms have flush toilets and cold showers.
  • North Beach – beach camping for tents and RVs with no facilities
  • South Beach – beach camping for tents and RVs with chemical toilets only. Accessible by 4WD vehicles only.
  • Yarborough Pass – beach camping accessible only by 4-wheel-drive or boat with no facilities

Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona – Pet Policy

Leashed pets can explore Petrified Forest National Park, including on all trails and in the backcountry. However, they cannot enter park buildings and you must pick up after them.

While Petrified Forest National Park does not have developed camping facilities, pet friendly backcountry camping is allowed within the Petrified Forest National Wilderness Area. Campers must hike one mile, at a minimum, from two designated parking spots. Permits are free and available in person at least an hour before the park closes. In addition, there are pet friendly national park, state park, and private camping options in the area.

Man and dog standing on a rim overlooking the landscape at Petrified Forest National Park in AZ

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan – Pet Policy

This park hugs the Lake Superior shoreline for more than 40 miles, and pets can explore the day use areas, developed campgrounds, scenic sites including Miners Castle and Munising Falls, and Sand Point and Miners Beaches. Even when swimming, pets must wear a leash. And they cannot go on hiking trails, in the backcountry, or in forests and fields. They are welcome in campgrounds and along roads.

The campgrounds at Pictured Rocks have picnic tables, fire grates and a tent pad. The facilities are rustic, with pit toilets and solar-powered wells providing water. There are no hook-ups and typically no cell phone reception.

  • Little Beaver Lake Campground – 8 sites with a small boat ramp; not accessible to motorhomes longer than 36 feet and trailer combinations longer than 42 feet
  • Hurricane River Campground – 21 sites; motorhomes longer than 36 feet and trailer combinations longer than 42 feet not recommended
  • Twelvemile Beach Campground – 36 sites on a sandy plateau above the beach with beach access; motorhomes longer than 36 feet and trailer combinations longer than 42 feet not recommended

Other pet friendly camping options are available nearby that can accommodate larger RVs and provide full hook-ups.

Pinnacles National Park, California – Pet Policy

Leashed pets visiting Pinnacles can walk only in picnic areas,  parking lots, campground, and along paved roads. You can’t leave pets unattended in a vehicle, and they cannot go on any park trails.

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Pinnacles National Park offers pet friendly camping which you must access from the east side of the park. No roads connect the two park entrances. Tent sites have a picnic table and fire ring, and most RV sites have electrical hookups and share community tables and barbecue pits. Water is located throughout the campground, showers and a dump station are available, and the swimming pool is typically open from middle of April through the end of September.

 

Prince William Forest Park, Virginia – Pet Policy

Prince William Forest Park is popular with dog walkers for its miles of pet friendly hiking trails and gravel fire roads. Pets must remain on leashes no longer than six feet, and cannot go in the following areas: Chopawamsic Backcountry Area, Turkey Run Ridge Group Campground, any public building, and the cabin camps.

There are two pet friendly camping options at Prince William Forest Park:

  • Oak Ridge Campground – 100 sites with bathrooms, grills, and picnic tables. Accessible for tents and RVs, though there are no RV hook-ups and length restrictions exist.
  • Prince William Forest RV Campground – 76 sites for RV and tents, some with full hook-ups; modern restrooms, hot showers, swimming pool, playground, and laundry.

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado – Pet Policy

Leashed pets can enjoy the developed areas in Rocky Mountain National Park, including parking lots, picnic areas, campgrounds, and roadsides. However, pet cannot go on any trails or in the backcountry.

Rocky Mountain National Park has five camping options for people traveling with a pet.

  • Aspenglen Campground – 52 reservable sites for tents and RVs with flush toilets and potable water available seasonally. Maximum vehicle length is 30 feet and no showers or hook-ups are available.
  • Glacier Basin Campground – 150 reservable sites for tents and RVs with flush toilets, potable water, and dump station available seasonally. Maximum vehicle length is 35 feet and no showers or hook-ups are available.
  • Longs Peak Campground – 26 tent-only sites available on a first-come, first-served basis; vault toilets and potable water (seasonally)
  • Moraine Park Campground – 244 reservable sites for tents and RVs with flush toilets, potable water, and dump station available seasonally. Maximum vehicle length is 40 feet and no showers or hook-ups are available.
  • Timber Creek Campground – 98 first-come, first-served sites for tents and RVs with flush toilets, potable water, and dump station available seasonally. Maximum vehicle length is 30 feet and no showers or hook-ups are available.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, California – Pet Policy

Pets on leash can enjoy the developed areas at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, but cannot go on any trails.

There are fourteen pet friendly camping options in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, including three that are open year-round. Each campsite has a picnic table, fire ring with grill, and a metal food-storage box, and most are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

There are no RV hook-ups in the park, and dump stations are located at Potwisha Campgrounds, with additional dump stations at Lodgepole, Dorst Creek, and Princess campgrounds available during the summer months. Check vehicle-length limits on park roads before deciding where to drive in these parks.

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia – Pet Policy

Accessed by the lovely Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park has nearly 500 miles of trails for you to explore with your pets! But check the signs; there are a few trails where pets cannot go. Pets must remain on leashes no longer than six feet at all times, and cannot attend the ranger programs.

Shenandoah National Park has three main camping areas, which are all pet friendly:

  • Big Meadows Campground (Mile 51.2) – tent and RV sites with potable water, but no electric hook-ups; a combination of reservable and first-come, first- served sites are available. Three waterfalls are within walking distance of the campground and the Meadow, with its abundant plant growth and wildlife, is close by.
  • Lewis Mountain Campground (Mile 57.5) – 31 sites for tents and smaller RVs, available on a first-come, first-served basis. The smallest campground in the park, Lewis Mountain appeals to those who want a little more privacy without venturing deep into the backcountry, – it’s just seven miles of the popular Big Meadows area.
  • Loft Mountain Campground (Mile 79.5) – tent and RV sites with potable water and showers, but no electric hook-ups; a combination of reservable and first-come, first- served sites are available. The largest campground in the park, Loft Mountain offers some of the best scenic views.
  • Mathews Arm Campground (Mile 22.1) – tent and RV sites with potable water, but no electric hook-ups; a combination of reservable and first-come, first- served sites are available. A nature trail and the trail to Overall Run Falls, the tallest waterfall in the park, run from the campground. Elkwallow Wayside, with camping supplies and food service, is two miles away.
 

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan – Pet Policy

At Sleeping Bear Dunes leashed pets can explore most of the park, including some areas of the beach, as long as you clean up after them. Any sections of the Park marked with “No Pets” signs are nesting locations of the endangered piping plovers and must be protected. In addition, pets cannot go on the Dune Climb, Maritime Museum grounds, North Bar Lake, Platte Point Beach, White Pine and Valley View backcountry campsites, North and South Manitou Island.

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Sleeping Bear Dunes offers two pet friendly camping options:

  • D. H. Day Campground – a rustic campground with 88 private sites, available on a first-come, first-served basis, for tents and RVs. Vault toilets and potable water are accessible throughout the campground, and there is a dump station near the entrance. Best of all, campers enjoy easy access to Lake Michigan.
  • Platte River Campground – 179 sites for tents and RVs, some with electrical hook-ups. Restrooms with hot showers, potable water, and a dump station are available for campers.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota – Pet Policy

Leashed pets at Theodore Roosevelt National Park can walk in developed areas, including parking areas, along roadways, and in campgrounds. However, they cannot go in park buildings, on trails, or in the backcountry. Be aware that dogs can agitate bison, potentially creating a dangerous situation.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park has two camping options for people traveling with a pet.

Juniper and Cottonwood Campgrounds are both pet friendly and accommodate tents and RVs. Located along the Little Missouri River, both campgrounds are open year-round and have restrooms with flush toilets (no showers) and potable water during summer.  In winter, one spigot for potable water is available at Cottonwood Campground and vault toilets are available in both campgrounds.

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Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota – Pet Policy

The best way to explore the interconnected waterway of Voyageurs is by boat, and pets can enjoy the cruise with you. When its time for a walk, pets on leash can explore the 1.7-mile Recreation Trail and be in the immediate visitor center areas and parking lots. Pets cannot go on any other trails or in the backcountry. All pets must have current vaccinations and possess a valid vaccination tag as required by Koochiching and St. Louis County.

Voyageurs National Park offers many pet friendly camping options. There are more than 270 campsites, houseboat sites, and day use sites located within its boundaries. All campsites are accessed by boat, and pets can join you at the front country campsites only. For reservations, make arrangements at least 1 day prior to the day you intend to occupy the site.

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, California – Pet Policy

The sparkling water of Whiskeytown Lake, framed by mountain peaks, is the most prominent feature of this park. But there are waterfalls, pristine mountain creeks, 70 miles of trails, and history of the California Gold Rush for you and your pet to explore as well! Leashed pets can join you in most of the park, but cannot go inside buildings or on the following beaches: Brandy Creek, East, Oak Bottom, and Whiskey Creek Group Picnic Area Beach.

  • Oak Bottom Tent Campground has fire grates, central restrooms, and some lakeside sites.
  • Oak Bottom RV Campground (separate from tent campground) has a central restroom, dump station, and potable water, but no hookups. Pets can join you in both camping areas for a fee of $2.00 per night per pet.
  • Brandy Creek RV Campground allows self-contained units. There are no hook-ups or restrooms.
 

White Sands National Park, New MexicoPet Policy

Pets on leashes no longer than six feet can enjoy all White Sands has to offer with you. Picking up after your pets is a must, and the park provides two designated pet walking stations complete with waste bags to facilitate the removal of pet waste. White Sands only places two restrictions on pets: they cannot go in park buildings, and they cannot be left unattended.

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White Sands National Park offers pet friendly backcountry camping among the glistening gypsum dunes. You’ll need a permit, and reaching the campsites requires hiking at least a mile. Orange trail markers with a spade symbol indicate the backcountry camping trail, and orange markers with a tent symbol and site number mark the location of the campsites.

Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota – Pet Policy

At Wind Cave leashed pets can walk in campgrounds, picnic areas, parking lots, and in other developed areas. Pets are also welcome on the Prairie Vista Nature Trail (1 mile) and Elk Mountain Nature Trail. Pet cannot go in buildings, on cave tours, in the backcountry (including along park roads), or on any other trails.

Elk Mountain Campground is the pet friendly camping option at Wind Cave National Park. It has 62 sites available on a first-come, first-served basis. Campers have access to flush toilets and potable water in season. During the off-season, the campground has pit toilets and water is available at the visitor center. There are no hookups, showers, or dump stations in the campground, and Loop B has no restrictions on vehicle length.

Yellowstone National Park, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming – Pet Policy

There is a limited selection of pet friendly activities at Yellowstone. Pets on leashes no longer than six feet can accompany you only in developed areas of the park, including parking areas, campgrounds, and areas within 100 feet of roads (excluding thermal areas). Pets cannot go on trails, boardwalks, in the backcountry, or in thermal areas.

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Yellowstone National Park offers 12 pet friendly camping options:

  • Bridge Bay Campground – 432 reservable sites with flush toilets, potable water, dump station
  • Canyon Campground – 273 reservable sites with flush toilets, potable water, laundry, showers, dump station
  • Fishing Bridge RV Park – 346 reservable sites for hard-sided campers and RVs only. Water, sewer, and electrical hook-ups for RVs, flush toilets, potable water, laundry, showers, dump station
  • Grant Village Campground – 430 reservable sites with flush toilets, potable water, laundry, showers, dump station
  • Indian Creek Campground – 70 sites available on a first-come, first served basis; primitive camping with vault toilets. Tens sites will accommodate vehicles up to 35 feet, thirty-five sites will accommodate vehicles up to 30 feet.
  • Lewis Lake Campground – 84 sites available on a first-come, first served basis; primitive camping with vault toilets. Maximum vehicle length is 25 feet.
  • Madison Campground – 278 reservable sites with flush toilets, potable water, dump station
  • Mammoth Campground – 85 sites available on a first-come, first served basis; campground has flush toilets. In winter tight turning radius limits total vehicle length to 30 feet.
  • Norris Campground – 111 sites available on a first-come, first served basis; campground has flush toilets. Two sites will accommodate vehicles up to 50 feet, five will accommodate vehicles up to 30 feet.
  • Pebble Creek Campground – 16 sites available on a first-come, first served basis; primitive camping with vault toilets. Some long pull-throughs for larger RVs.
  • Slough Creek Campground – 16 sites available on a first-come, first served basis; primitive camping with vault toilets. Fourteen sites will accommodate vehicles up to 30 feet.
  • Tower Fall Campground – 31 sites available on a first-come, first served basis; primitive camping with vault toilets. Hairpin turn limits total vehicle length to 30 feet.
 

Yosemite National Park, California – Pet Policy

At Yosemite, leashed pets can walk in developed areas, on fully-paved roads, on sidewalks, and bicycle paths (except when signed as not allowing pets), and in all drive-in campgrounds (except group campsites). Pets can also explore the following areas:

  • Wawona: Wawona Meadow Loop, Chowchilla Mountain Road, and Four Mile and Eleven Mile fire roads (but not the Four Mile Trail in Yosemite Valley)
  • Hodgdon Meadow: Carlon Road from the trailhead to Hodgdon Meadow, and on the Old Big Oak Flat Road from Hodgdon Meadow to Tuolumne Grove parking lot

Leashes must be no longer than six feet, and pets cannot go on any other trails, in any buildings, on the shuttle buses, on snow-covered roads, or in the backcountry.

At Yosemite National Park, there are 12 pet friendly camping options, 9 of which will accommodate RVs and trailers of varying lengths. RV hookups are not available in the park, although dump stations and potable water are available at Upper Pines Campground (all year), near Wawona Campground (summer only), and near Tuolumne Meadows Campground (summer only).

Showers are only available in Yosemite Valley at Half Dome Village and Housekeeping Camp. Showers are not available elsewhere.

  • Upper Pines, North Pines, Lower Pines, Wawona, Bridalveil Creek, Hogdon Meadow, Crane Flat, White Wolf, and Tuolumne Campgrounds have potable water and flush toilets seasonally.
  • Tamarck Flat, Yosemite Creek, and Porcupine Flat have vault toilets and water from the creek which you must boil.

Yukon – Charley Rivers National Preserve, Alaska – Pet Policy

Pets on leashes no longer than six feet can explore the park with you. You cannot leave pets unattended in a public use cabin.

Yukon – Charley River allows primitive dispersed camping; campers should use leave-no-trace practices. The National Park Service maintains seven public use cabins on the Yukon River, which are available for no charge on a first-come, first served basis.

Zion National Park, Utah – Pet Policy

Most of Zion National Park is access by shuttles leaving the visitor center. Pets cannot ride the shuttle buses, or be inside park buildings. Leashed pets can walk in the parking areas, in the developed campgrounds and picnic areas, on the grounds of the Zion Lodge, on the Pa’rus Trail (1.7 miles one-way), and along public roads. Pets cannot be on any other trails, or any wilderness areas.

Zion National Park has three pet friendly camping options.

  • Lava Point Campground – 6 primitive campsites available on a first-come, first-served basis for no charge, with pit toilets, and trash cans, but no water. Vehicles over 19 feet cannot access the road to the campground.
  • South Campground – 117 reservable sites with flush toilets, potable water, and a dump station, but no showers or hook-ups
  • Watchman Campground – 178 reservable tent and electric sites available year round with flush toilets, potable water, and a dump station, but no showers.


We hope this information inspires you to plan a camping trip with your pet to one of America’s beautiful national parks!

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