Bryce Canyon Dog Policy
Bryce Canyon National Park is Somewhat Dog Friendly
Bryce Canyon is a geological amphitheater on the Paunsaugunt Plateau with hundreds of tall, multicolored sandstone hoodoos formed by erosion. The region was originally settled by Native Americans and later by Mormon pioneers.
Bryce Canyon National Park is not the most dog friendly of National Parks. However, dogs are allowed on paved surfaces, which includes viewpoints, campgrounds, parking lots, roads and several small sections of trails.
Bryce Canyon also runs the BARK Ranger Program, where you can earn a special dog tag by learning and following responsible practices (see the BARK Ranger section below).
Dogs are allowed only on limited paved trails:
- The paved section of the Rim Trail between Sunset Point and Sunrise Point
- The paved Shared Use Path between the park entrance and Inspiration Point
Dogs are not allowed on any other trails at Bryce Canyon National Park. Pets may not be left in vehicles while their owners hike.
Dogs are allowed at campgrounds at any paved areas, as long as they're on a 6' leash.
|Campground||Dogs Allowed?||# Dog Friendly Sites||Equipment|
|North Campground||Yes||74||Caravan/Camper Van, Fifth Wheel, Pickup Camper, Pop Up, RV, Tent, Trailer||Reservations/Info|
|Sunset Campground||Yes||100||Car, Caravan/Camper Van, Fifth Wheel, Pickup Camper, Pop Up, RV, Tent, Trailer, Vehicle||Reservations/Info|
|Campground details from Recreation.gov|
Bark Ranger is a really great program that some National Park Service destinations run. The Bark Ranger program teaches dog owners responsible behaviors with their dogs, and in return you get a special dog tag that’s different for each park (note: some parks require you to purchase the tag at the end). You start the program by going to a park office and picking up a checklist. When you complete the checklist (see the link below for more details), you can get your special dog tag.
B.A.R.K. is an acronym for:
- B: Bag your poop
- Help keep the park clean by bagging and picking up your dog poop, and properly disposing of it. Don’t leave your bagged poop on the side of the trail, hanging from branches, or throw it into the woods. Please note dog poop is not a natural fertilizer — it can carry disease that can spread to wildlife or other dogs.
- A: Always wear a leash
- Dogs must be restrained on a leash no longer than 6'. Retractable leashes that extend beyond 6' are not allowed. Not everyone appreciates a dog running up to them, and many people are scared or allergic to dogs — a leash prevents uncomfortable situations between your dog and others. Leashes also help protect your dog from running off if anything spooks them.
- R: Respect wildlife
- Dogs can chase or scare wildlife such as birds and turtles. They can also damage nesting areas. Some parks have wildlife, such as bears, coyotes, or wolves, that can threaten your dog. Please be respectful of wildlife with your dog, and if you do encounter wildlife, keep dog at distance to protect both your dog and the wildlife.
- K: Know where to go
- Know which trails allow dogs, and which don’t. Don’t leave dogs unattended in vehicles while you go off to hike. See the link below for more details.
For more information on the Bark Ranger program, please see: https://www.nps.gov/brca/planyourvisit/pets.htm#onthisPage-1
We also have a list of all parks that run the BARK Ranger program.
Location & Map
 Overview text from the Wikipedia article List of national parks of the United States, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.All other text and images, except where noted, copyright ASR Concepts, LLC, all rights reserved.