Lucy’s Tales | Tips on Travel in Yellowstone National Park With Your Dog

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert

Wyoming territory is home to one of our country’s greatest treasures… Yellowstone National Park.  On this day, March 1, 1872, President Grant signed a bill thus creating our first national park.

Lil’ Lucy visited the park back in 2010.   For most of the trip inside the park, she had to stay in the vehicle, but at Old Faithful, she was allowed to get out (one leash) and watch the eruption with the other visitors.

Tips on traveling with pets in Yellowstone

  • 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 some cabins can accommodate pets. Check with the park’s lodging concessioner — 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.


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