If Big Bend National Park is on your list of places to visit, you might be thinking about bringing your favorite hound-dog hiker along for the adventure. We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Big Bend National Park isn't the pet-friendliest place. Dogs aren't allowed on any of the park's trails. In fact, according to the park's official pet policy, dogs are only allowed where cars are welcome, which seriously limits your options.
This might seem unfair, but these regulations are in place to keep your doggo and other park visitors safe. After all, black bears, rattlesnakes, coyotes, and mountain lions all roam this desert wilderness! Did you know that dog urine attracts coyotes and puts your pup at risk of being attacked? This is just one reason why dogs must be confined to a vehicle at all times in Big Bend National Park. Only leashed service animals are allowed to explore the park with their owners.
So what activities can you enjoy with your woofer at Big Bend National Park and in the surrounding area? Keep reading to find out! If you're planning to hike, though, it's best to book a dog sitter and leave Lassie behind.