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Visiting Arizona’s National Parks with Pets

Late fall, winter, and early spring are the perfect times of the year for visiting Arizona’s national parks with pets. And with over 70% of Arizona’s spectacular landscape preserved as public land – much of it managed by the National Park Service – there’s a lot to see!

National Park Pet Policies

In general, the pet policies at national parks are pretty restrictive. But each site considers many factors when balancing public access (including where to allow pets) with protecting the environment and wildlife. As a result, you’ll find policies at national parks that range from very pet friendly to barely pet tolerant.

Plan a Pet-Friendly Trip to Arizona’s National Parks

With iconic national parks like the Grand Canyon, and lesser known sites, such as Chiricahua National Monument, Arizona has many treasures to behold. If you’re planning a pet-friendly trip to Arizona, having the pet policies at all the national park attractions will help you decide which pet-friendly national parks in Arizona make your itinerary.

Dog in the water at a pet-friendly beach in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in Arizona


Pet Policies at Arizona’s National Parks

Canyon de Chelly National Monument

  • Leashed pets are allowed at all of the overlooks on Rim Drive and in the campground. Visitors are only allowed to enter the canyon on an approved Navajo tour. Check with individual tours for their pet policies.

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

  • Leashed pets are welcome throughout the grounds at Casa Grande Ruins. It’s a great spot to stretch your legs on a drive between Phoenix and Tucson!
Casa Grande Ruins Dog Friendly National Park in Arizona

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

Chiricahua National Monument

  • Pets are allowed on four trails within the monument: Silver Spur Trail, Faraway Ranch, Bonita Creek and the campground trail. They are also allowed in any paved areas, and in the campground.

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Fort Bowie National Historic Site

  • The fort ruins are accessed via a 1.5 mile hiking trail, and leashed pets are welcome on the trail.


Coronado National Memorial

  • Pets are allowed only on the Crest Trail and Nature Walk, and in paved areas.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

  • Pets are welcome in most areas at Glen Canyon National Monument. There are lots of fun beaches to explore – especially if you have a boat!
Dog Friendly Beach at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Grand Canyon National Park

  • GoPetFriendly named Grand Canyon National Park as the top pet-friendly attraction in Arizona! Pets are welcome on the entire 13-mile Rim Trail, in the campground at at Yavapai Lodge. If you plan to hike below the rim, make arrangements with the kennel at the South Rim, as pets aren’t allowed on those hiking trails.
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Hubbell Trading Post

  • Pets are not allowed at Hubbell Trading Post.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area

  • Pets are allowed on all trails in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, but not in designated swimming areas.

Montezuma Castle National Monument

  • Pets are welcome on the trail at Montezuma Castle, but not in the visitor center. This park participates in the B.A.R.K. Ranger program!
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Montezuma Castle National Monument

Navajo National Monument

  • Pets allowed only in parking lots and the campground; not on the trails.

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

  • Pets are welcome on several trails in the park, including the Palo Verde trail, and the nature trail at the visitor center.

Petrified Forest National Park

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Pipe Spring National Monument

  • Pets are allowed in the monument, but not inside the historic buildings or on the Ridge Trail.

Saguaro National Park

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

  • Pets are not allowed on any trails or in the buildings at Sunset Crater.

Tonto National Monument

  • Pets are allowed on select trails, but are not allowed in the cliff dwelling or on the Upper Cliff Dwelling Trail.


Tumacacori National Historic Park

  • Pets are allowed on the Anza Trail to Tubac, but are not allowed on the mission grounds or indoors.

Tuzigoot National Monument

Walnut Canyon National Monument

  • Pets are allowed on the Rim Trail, a 0.7-mile trail along the rim of Walnut Canyon. The main attraction of Walnut Canyon are the Cliff Dwellings, seen from the Island Trail, which is not pet-friendly.

Wupatki National Monument

  • Pets are not allowed on any trails or buildings at Wupatki National Monument.

We hope having the pet policies at Arizona’s national parks makes planning your pet-friendly trip easier! If this post made you curious about visiting national parks with your pets, get more information on the most pet friendly national parks in the United States.


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