A young woman walks a dog on a leash along a paved trail next to a road in a forest of pinyons, junipers, and yucca
Meredith and Rex model pet visit etiquette by staying on paved trails and on leash.

NPS/Spencer Burke

Pets are welcome in Mesa Verde National Park, but to protect your pets, wildlife, and other visitors, please follow these regulations:
  • Pets must be leashed (6 feet/1.8 m or shorter leash) at all times.
  • Do not leave pets tethered or unattended.
  • You must clean up your pet's poop.
Pets are not allowed:
  • In buildings, inside ancestral sites, or on most park trails (see trails where pets are allowed below).
Leashed pets are allowed:
  • On paved roads, in parking lots, and on campground roads.
  • On paved trails, including Park Point and the Mesa Top Loop sites.
  • On most Wetherill Mesa trails, except the Step House Trail, including the Long House Loop, Badger House Community, and Nordenskiöld Site #16 Trail.

Service Animals

Service animals are allowed anywhere that you are allowed to go in Mesa Verde. For more information, visit the service animals page.

Keep Your Pets Safe

Keep your pets well hydrated and cool. Water is available at the restrooms in the Park Headquarters area and at the Visitor & Research Center, and seasonally at the Morefield Campground, Wetherill Mesa, and Cliff Palace parking lot.

Temperatures at Mesa Verde are often too high to safely leave pets inside vehicles. Leaving a window open is not enough: temperatures inside cars can rise nearly 20 degrees Fahrenheit within ten minutes, with with windows cracked.

Sometimes your pets are happier, and safer, staying at home.



For your convenience, there is a kennel at Morefield Campground, located four miles from the park entrance.

Morefield Kennel
Half-day boarding (less than 3 hours) $17.00
Full-day boarding (4 hours or more) $25.00
Hours of Operation:
April 18 to April 24, 2019 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
April 25 to May 15, 2019 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
May 16 to September 2, 2019 7:00 am to 9:00 pm
September 3 to October 16, 2019 8:00 am to 7:00 pm

You may also contact one of the following organizations to locate a boarding facility in the local communities:
  • Mancos Visitor Center
    Mancos, CO
    Open spring, summer, and fall
  • Dolores Visitor Center
    Dolores, CO

Last updated: September 23, 2022

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Mesa Verde National Park , CO 81330



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