More Americans are traveling with their pets, and national parks are popular destinations. Unfortunately, many national parks aren’t very pet friendly. But that’s changing! Without compromising their rules or affecting the wildlife, some parks have started Bark Ranger programs. And it’s become so popular that it’s spreading quickly. Below you’ll find a list of national parks where your pup can become a Bark Ranger.
The Bark Ranger program was introduced as a way to encourage responsible national park travel with dogs.
BARK stands for:
Bag your poop
Always wear a leash (6-foot max)
Respect wildlife (give them their space)
Know where you can go (which trails/areas are pet friendly)
READ MORE ⇒ The Ultimate Pet Friendly American Road Trip
Dogs participating in the program are sworn in as Bark Rangers, and their owners can purchase a special tag for their pup’s collar. Each participating park has their own tag, so your dog can collect them all!
The national parks with Bark Ranger programs are not equally pet friendly. For example, Olympic National Park and Devil’s Tower are both very restrictive when it comes to pets on the trails. But others, like Petrified Forest and Acadia National Park are very pet friendly! In our post on the Best Pet Friendly National Parks, we share the parks we’ve found to be the most pet friendly.
Here’s the list of national parks where your pet can become a Bark Ranger:
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When visiting any national park, monument, or historical site, be sure to ask about the Bark Ranger program. As the program expands, simply asking about it could encourage more parks to participate.
We are so lucky to have so many wonderful national parks, and even luckier when they allow pets! Please be sure to follow all the rules and be a good model for other pet owners. That way we can all continue to enjoy the parks with our furry travel companions.
Some national parks, such as Glacier, Denali, and Sleeping Bear Dunes have a Bark Ranger programs that employ dogs to control or protect wildlife. If you are unsure which program is offered by a particular park, a phone call to the visitor center will clear things up!
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