National Monument

Dinosaur Dog Policy

Dinosaur National Monument is Somewhat Dog Friendly

Dogs Limited
Dogs Allowed
with 6' Leash []
Dogs Allowed
with 6' Leash []

Dinosaur fossils are embedded and still visible in many rock formations here. The park is also home to a variety of modern day wildlife in its mountains, rivers, and canyons. The park has also been the home to a number of people in the past, and contains a number of Petroglyphs as well as historical sites from regional settlers.

Dinosaur National Monument is somewhat dog friendly. Dogs are allowed on some trails (see below), at campgrounds, and some areas of the park. Dogs are not allowed in any buildings or museums, or on the shuttle. Important: If you arrive in the summer, if you tell the ranger you have a dog in the car, you can drive to the Quarry yourself.


Trail Policy

Dogs are allowed on a few of the trails at Dinosaur National Memorial:

In the Colorodo portion of the park, dogs are allowed on the following trails while on a leash no longer than 6':

  • Plug Hat Trail- 0.5 mile loop
  • Other Trails at Plug Hat Picnic Area
  • Canyon Overlook
  • Echo Park Overlook
  • Iron Springs Bench Overlook

In the Utah portion of the park, dogs are allowed on the following trails while on a leash no longer than 6':

  • River Trail - 4 miles roundtrip
  • Trail to Swelter Shelter Petroglyphs

Dogs are not allowed on any other trails.

Campground Policy

There are a few campgrounds at Dinosaur National Monument, and dogs are allowed at them while on a leash. The campgrounds are:

Road Policy

Dogs are allowed within 100 feet of any developed roads or areas while on a leash no longer than 6'.

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