Can I Bring My Pet to Yellowstone?

Pets are prohibited throughout most areas in national parks. It’s best to leave Fido at home, but if your dog is along here's how to make the best of it.

Dog enjoying a hike on a family vacation. Photo by David Clucas

Yes, with some planning and a lot of restrictions, you can bring your pet on vacation

Since pets are prohibited throughout most areas in national parks, it’s best to leave Fido at home while visiting Yellowstone. But, if your dog is along for the trip, here are some tips on how to make the best of it.

>> Pets are limited to travel in Yellowstone National Park within your car, at a front country campground or within 100 feet of roads and parking lots. They must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet and owners must clean up and dispose of all pet waste.

>> Pets are never to be left unattended outside. While you may leave them in vehicles, this is not recommended without proper ventilation and temperature control. They also may join you in a tent overnight, but all food and water dishes must be put away.

>> Pets are not allowed in any hotels within Yellowstone National Park, but cabins can accommodate pets. There is a $25 cleaning fee per location (not per night) to have your pet stay with you. Check with the park’s lodging concessioner for details — Xanterra Parks & Resorts at 307-344-7901.

>> Pets are not allowed on boardwalks, trails, or in the backcountry. This can severely limit your experience in the park.

>> There are dog-friendly trail options located nearby and outside of the national park, including Shoshone National Forest. You can find a map of Shoshone National Forest here.

Pet Boarding Near Yellowstone

To enjoy the park beyond the road, consider boarding your pet at one of several kennels located outside the park. Advance reservations are recommended, contact information below.

Pet Boarding Near Bozeman, MT

Animal House Pet Lodging
(406) 599-0902

BarkCity Doggy Day Care
(406) 587-6252

Kennels West Dog Boarding
(406) 587-7446

Pet Boarding Near Gardiner, MT

Cottonwood Kennels
(406) 848-2129 or (406) 640-1556

Pet Boarding Near Livingston, MT

Absaroka Pet Ranch Inc
(406) 223-7822

Pet Boarding Near Cody, WY

Cody Country Bed and Biscuit
(307) 587-1073

Pet Boarding Near Jackson, WY

Bark n' Call
(307) 730-9663

Spring Creek Kennels
(307) 733-1606


Gun in Yellowstone

Can I Bring a Gun to Yellowstone?

Yes, you can carry a gun in Yellowstone. But it's illegal to fire it - even in self defense. And once you exit Yellowstone, you could be in one of three states, so it's important to know the law.