This page is dedicated to everything you need to know about bringing your to pets to Zion National Park and will answer all frequently asked questions, such as: What are the general rules and regulations where pets are concerned? What areas of the park are they allowed? Where are they restricted? Is it smart to bring them or does it prove to be too much of a burden? Read ahead for all information concerning Zion National Park pet guidelines. Please remember that the minimum fine for not adhering to these guidelines is $100 and can be much higher in some circumstances.


The truth is that national parks, in general, are not considered very pet-friendly, but that doesn’t mean that pets are prohibited outright. Zion does have a handful of exceptions here and there, but for the most part, your trip will probably be a lot less stressful and more enjoyable if you either leave your pets at home or board them. But if you decide to bring them, here’s what you need to know.

What Trails/Sights/Attractions Inside the Park Allow Pets?

The Pa’rus Trail is the one and only official trail that allows pets, and those pets must be on a leash less than 6 feet in length. It is recommended to embark with your pet early in the morning or later in the evening because the asphalt on the Pa’rus gets really hot during the day. Pets are restricted in every other area of the Park, including all wilderness areas, with the following acceptions:

Pets are allowed along public roads that travel through the Park but must be on a leash

Pets are allowed in parking areas but must be on a leash.

Pets are allowed in the developed and designated campgrounds but must be on a leash. They may even be left briefly unattended in campgrounds if they are secured and are not causing a disturbance (excessive barking).

Pets are allowed in designated picnic areas but must be on a leash. They may even be left briefly unattended in picnic areas if they are secured and are not causing a disturbance (excessive barking).

Pets are allowed on the grounds of the Zion Lodge but must be on a leash.

Are Pets Allowed on Shuttles and Buses?


Are Pets Allowed in Public Buildings Located Inside the Park?


Additional Information

-Pet excrement must be immediately disposed of and can be deposited in any of the trash receptacles inside the Park. You must provide your own cleanup bags.

-Under no circumstance should you ever leave your pet inside a personal vehicle, running or not. This is strictly prohibited in the Park. The weather here can reach very high temperatures quickly.


The Zion National Park pet guidelines explained on this page come from the official Code of Federal Regulations set forth by National Park Services and can be viewed by clicking here.

If you decide to put your pets up locally, many fantastic pet boarding facilities are located in cities near Zion National Park, including individual operations in Cedar City, Kanab, St. George, Hurricane, and Rockville.

zion national park pet guidelines

Zion National Park Pet Guidelines

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