National Park

Big Bend Dog Policy

Big Bend National Park is Somewhat Dog Friendly

Dogs Not Allowed
Dogs Allowed
with 6' Leash []
Dogs Allowed
with 6' Leash []

Big Bend National Park encompasses a large area along the Rio Grande, which runs along the border between the United States and Mexico. The area is a rugged and mountainous area of the Chihuahuan Desert. Activities here mainly include backcountry hiking, exploration, and river trips. There is a variety of wildlife here, as well as fossils and cultural sites.

Big Bend National Park is somewhat dog friendly. While dogs aren't allowed on trails, and not allowed on river trips, they are allowed on the large network of backcountry roads while on a leash no longer than 6'. So, while you might miss out on some of the premiere hikes here if you bring your dog, there's still a lot to do with your dog here.


Pet Policy Details
1252 mi2
Annual Visitors

Trail Policy

Dogs are not allowed on trails at Big Bend National Park. Additionally, they are not allowed in any backcountry areas or in the river.

Campground Policy

Dogs are allowed in campgrounds with a 6' leash. However, dogs must not be left unattended for their safety and the safety of visitors/wildlife.

Road Policy

Dogs are allowed on roads, as long as they're on a 6' leash.

Location & Map

Rio Grande

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