National Park

Zion Dog Policy

Zion National Park is Somewhat Dog Friendly

Trails
Dogs Limited
[]
Campground
Dogs Allowed
with 6' Leash & Exceptions []
Roads
Dogs Allowed
with 6' Leash & Exceptions []

Located at the junction of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin, and Mojave Desert, this park contains sandstone features such as mesas, rock towers, and canyons, including the Virgin River Narrows. The various sandstone formations and the forks of the Virgin River create a wilderness divided into four ecosystems: desert, riparian, woodland, and coniferous forest.[1]

Zion National Park is a somewhat dog friendly national park. While dogs are only allowed on one trail, and not allowed on most trails, or in the back-country, they are allowed along developed roads and developed campgrounds. Bringing a dog to Zion means you won't be able to take advantage of everything the park has to offer, unless you have someone to watch your dog while you see all the sights. Also, Dogs cannot be left unattended -- it gets very hot at Zion.

Zion National Park also runs the BARK Ranger Program, where you can earn the opportunity to purchase a special dog tag by learning and following responsible practices (see the BARK Ranger section below).

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Website
https://www.nps.gov/zion/index.htm
Pet Policy Details
https://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/pets.htm
BARK Ranger
Yes []
Area
230 mi2
Annual Visitors
3,591,254

Trail Policy

Dogs are only allowed on one trail at Zion: the paved Pa’rus Trail, which begins across from the visitor center, and is 3.5 miles round-trip. Dogs are not allowed on any other trails or in wilderness areas.

Campground Policy

Dogs are allowed in developed campgrounds while on a leash no longer than 6'. Here are the details on the campgrounds at Zion:

Campground Dogs Allowed? # Dog Friendly Sites Equipment
Lava Point Campground Yes 6 Tent Reservations/Info
South Campground Yes 122 Caravan/Camper Van, Fifth Wheel, Pickup Camper, Pop Up, RV, Tent, Trailer Reservations/Info
Watchman Campground Yes 165 Car, Caravan/Camper Van, Fifth Wheel, Pickup Camper, Pop Up, RV, Tent, Trailer, Vehicle Reservations/Info
Campground details from Recreation.gov

Road Policy

Dogs area allowed along developed roads and parking lots while they're on leashes of up to 6'.

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: https://www.nps.gov/articles/000/zionbarkranger.htm

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

Location & Map

State
Utah
Locality
Springdale

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