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How to visit Grand Canyon with your pet

Visitors can explore with their pets at Desert View and other areas on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
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Visitors can explore with their pets at Desert View and other areas on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. — Those visiting Grand Canyon National Park with dogs are invited to enjoy the Canyon with their pet, as long as it is on a leash.

According to GCNP, pets must be leashed (up to six-feet) at all times. Pets are not allowed below the Canyon rim.

“Inner canyon trails are narrow and well-travelled. Pets can be unpredictable on a trail. They can jump at hikers or runners, spook them, and cause an accident,” the park stated on its website.

Additional concerns include pets harassing or harming wild animals by making noise, chasing them or catching them, damage to native plants and the possibility of attracting predators such as cougars or coyotes.

On the South Rim, leashed pets are allowed on trails above the rim, and Mather Campground, Desert View Campground, Trailer Village and throughout developed areas. Yavapai Lodge is the only in-park lodge that has pet friendly rooms. Pets may also be boarded at the South Rim Kennel.

Pets are not permitted on park shuttle buses or in park lodging.

On the North Rim, leashed pets are only allowed on the bridle trail that connects the North Kaibab Trail and the portion of the Arizona Trail north to the park entrance station. There is no kennel on the North Rim.

More information is available from GCNP.

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