Walking your dog responsibly is a fun, healthy, and popular way to enjoy Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA). GGNRA provides trails, beaches, and open spaces that are available for dog walking! We are proud to be the only park in the National Park Service to designate particular areas for allowing responsible dog walking off-leash when under voice and sight control.
Please Watch Your Paws
GGNRA is home to more than 2,400 plant and animal species (37 of which are rare, threatened, or endangered) and countless cultural resources including American coastal fortifications and Native American artifacts. Please observe signs indicating where pets are permitted in the park to ensure that park resources will be around for future generations to appreciate and enjoy.
If you bring your pet to Golden Gate National Recreation Area, please protect your pet, other people, and park wildlife by abiding by these regulations:
Updated August 2018
Service animals accompanying a person with a disability, as defined by Federal law and Department of Justice regulations (Title 28 Code of Federal Regulations § 36.104), are allowed wherever visitors or employees are allowed. For more information on the DOJ ADA Revised Service Animal Regulations, please click here.
Federal Regulations That Apply to All Dog Walkers
The Code of Federal Regulations specifies infractions that are citable offenses. Following is a list of CFRs that apply to all pet owners.
36 CFR § 2.15 -
36 CFR § 2.1 - Possessing, destroying, injuring, defacing, removing, digging or disturbing wildlife, fish, plants or cultural or archeological resources (by person or dog).
36 CFR § 2.2 - Feeding, touching, teasing, frightening or intentional disturbing of wildlife nesting, breeding or other activities (by person or dog).
36 CFR § 2.34(a)(4) - Disorderly conduct (of on or off leash dog) which creates hazardous or physically offensive conditions
2017 Superintendent's Compendium: Dogs mus be under control of their owner/handler at all times with either a leash or under voice control. "Voice control" means dogs are within earshot and eye sight of their owner/handler and respond immediately to commands to return to a leash when called.
"Managed dogs" means dogs under control of their owner/handler at all times. "Unmanaged dogs" - dogs that annoy, harrass, or attack people, wildlife, livestock, or other dogs are presumed to be not under control.
Last updated: March 26, 2021