National Monument

Petroglyph Dog Policy

Petroglyph National Monument is Somewhat Dog Friendly

Dogs Limited

Petroglyph National Monument contains one of the largest petroglpyh sites in the country. The petroglyphs were carved by both Native Americans and Spanish settlers between 700 and 400 years ago. Petroglyph National Monument offers hiking trials, with several offering petroglyph viewing opportunities.

Petroglyph National Monument is somewhat dog friendly. Dogs are allowed on some trails (see below), but not allowed on some of the main petroglyph viewing trails. They are allowed on the Piedras Marcadas Canyon trail, which has petroglyphs, though.

Petroglyph National Monument also runs the BARK Ranger Program, where you can earn a special dog scarf by learning and following responsible practices (see the BARK Ranger section below).


Pet Policy Details
BARK Ranger
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Annual Visitors

Trail Policy

Dogs are allowed on some trails while on a leash no longer than 6', but they're not allowed on some of the main ones.

Dogs are allowed at the following areas:

  • Piedras Marcadas Canyon - 1.5 miles roundtrip, 300-500 petroglyphs
  • Volcanoes Day Use Area - 1 mile to 4 miles, no petroglyphs

Dogs are allowed on part of the following trail:

  • Rinconada Canyon - Dogs are only allowed on the non-petroglyph section

Dogs are not allowed at:

  • Boca Negra Canyon

BARK Ranger

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:

We also have a list of all parks that run the BARK Ranger program.

Location & Map

New Mexico

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