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Big Bend National Park Dog & Pet Policy

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Be aware that having a pet with you will limit your activities and explorations in the park. In addition, desert temperatures and predators are a serious threat to your pet's well being. Please consider the following points before deciding to bring a pet:

    * Pets are not allowed on trails, off roads, or on the river. Basically, your pet can only go where your car can go.

    * If you plan to hike, someone must stay behind with the pet, or you will need to make arrangements with a kennel service.

    * Pet owners are required to immediately remove and properly dispose of fecal matter deposited by their pets. Deposit bag of fecal matter in a dumpster.

    * Pets need to be on a leash no longer than six feet in length (or in a cage) at all times.

    * You are not allowed to leave your pet unattended in vehicles if it creates a danger to the animal, or if the animal becomes a public nuisance. There is no kennel service in the park.

    * Pet etiquette and park regulations require that you always clean up after your pet and dispose of waste in trash receptacles.

    * Predators such as owls, coyotes, mountain lions and even javelina can and do kill pets here. Even large dogs cannot defend themselves against predators. Extreme temperatures are also a danger.

Your pet will be much happier at home!

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Disclaimer: This information is provided as a courtesy only. The governing agency may have updated policies not reflected by information provided here. We recommend you verify current pet policies with the relevant governing agency prior to your visit. strives to ensure correct information is provided. Please notify us at if you have updated information.

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