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Pets are allowed on less than a mile of trails park-wide.

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Why Can't I Hike With My Dog or Cat?

  • Dogs and cats are considered to be unnatural predators in a natural environment
  • Pets may harass and even kill wildlife, carry disease and disrupt the habitats of native species in the park
  • Pets could become prey for larger carnivores like mountain lions, black bears, bobcats, coyote packs or many other desert animals which could pose a threat to your pet
  • Many Chihuahuan desert plants are spiny or poisonous and can easily injure a pet
  • Pets can bite visitors or intrude on the visitor experience anticipated in Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Other Park Pet Rules

  • Pet owners are required to immediately remove and properly dispose of fecal matter deposited by pets in an appropriate refuse container.
  • Do not leave pets unattended at campsites, tied to an object in the park, or in vehicles for prolonged periods of time. Interior vehicle temperatures can rise within minutes and pets can quickly overheat and die, even with the windows cracked. The nearest kennel service (with limited hours) is at Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Some adjacent US Forest Service lands do allow leashed pets on trails and in dispersed areas. Contact them directly for details and specific locations.

Service Animals

Service Animals as defined by titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act are excepted and are permitted in park buildings, restrooms, at public programs, and in the backcountry; service animals that have been individually trained to perform specific tasks for the benefit of persons with disabilities are allowed in the park.

Emotional support (“therapy animals”) are not service animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act and may not access trails or other non-motorized areas.


Last updated: September 19, 2022

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