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Hiking In Zion With Dogs: The Do’s and Don’ts

Photo Credit: David J. West

We are constantly asked about visiting Zion National Park with dogs or pets.

Unfortunately for animal lovers, most all the trails in Zion are not open to pets, even on a leash. There are a few other nearby places you can hike with your pup, but we thought we would at least get the word out about the do’s and don’ts of visiting Zion National Park with your beloved sidekick.

The one trail that is pet friendly is a beautiful path called the Pa’rus trail.  This paved out-and-back trail is an easy 3.5 mile round-trip walk. Keep Fido on a leash and clean up after him. This trail is also popular with cyclists, so make sure to watch out for them.

Learn more at BringFido.com.

And from from the Zion National Park website:

Owners bringing their pets to Zion National Park need to be aware of conditions and policies that will affect their visit. Please keep in mind the following guidelines:

  • Leashed pets may be walked on the Pa’rus Trail: however, pets are not permitted on any other trails, on shuttles, in public buildings, or in the wilderness. Pets must be under physical control on a leash less than six feet long at all times.
  • Properly restrained pets are allowed along public roads and parking areas in the developed campgrounds and picnic areas, and on the grounds of the Zion Lodge.
  • Pets may be left unattended in developed campgrounds.
  • Leaving a pet unattended in a vehicle with environmental conditions that pose a health risk to the animal is prohibited.
  • No pets, other than service animals, are allowed on the park transportation shuttle buses.
  • Pet owners not adhering to regulations may be cited.

One of the more fun things you can do with your K-9 friend in Springdale and Zion is take them on a jeep/off road adventure tour with Zion Adventure Company!

Your pal can ride for free as you explore Springdale and learn of it’s heritage, drive through the Grafton Ghost Town and drive to a peak and take in all the sites from the comfort of an off road vehicle with a knowledgeable tour guide!

Also note the Doggy Dude Ranch if you need a place to let your dog run around and stretch, or spend the night, while in town.

Learn More about Hiking

Read about hiking in Greater Zion and explore trail guides in the area.