A woman reads an outdoor sign. Her dog, on leash, is standing next to her and appears to be looking at the sign as well.
Bark Ranger Doc always stays on leash and insists on having his waste disposed of properly.

Photo copyright Tim Gohrke. Used with permission.

Pets are allowed in developed areas (such as picnic areas, overlooks, etc.) and along hiking trails, but are not allowed inside government buildings. They must be kept on a leash no more than 6 feet in length at all times.

In the summer months temperatures can exceed 110F/43C. Please make sure your pets are kept cool and have plenty of water. There is little shade in the monument and pets cannot be left inside of vehicles at any time. Benches are available in the shade at the Thomas Condon Visitor Center for people to wait outside with their pets while others in their party visit the center. Pets may not be left unattended.

The use of horses and pack animals is prohibited except with a permit from the Park Superintendent.

A gold BARK Ranger badge with text "John Day Fossil Beds NM Bark Ranger"
John Day Fossil Beds BARK Ranger badge

B.A.R.K. Ranger

Remember to B.A.R.K.:
  • Bag your pet's waste
  • Always leash your pet
  • Respect wildlife
  • Know where you can go

Last updated: April 18, 2024

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