Are you traveling with a pet or thinking of bringing your pet to the parks with you? Please consider the following information before you visit.
Where Are Pets Allowed In The Parks
There are just a few locations where pets are permitted in the parks, outside of your vehicle. They are permitted outside of vehicles in the following locations:
Should I Bring My Pet?
Ultimately, bringing your pet to the park is your choice. But in many cases, there are more risks than rewards to both pets and wildlife. Wildlife have been known to injure dogs. Deer, coyotes, bears, and mountain lions can be protective of young or defensive of territories and may attack pets. Off-leash pets have also injured and killed park wildlife. Disease transmission is also a concern, as some diseases can be passed between dogs and coyotes.
Dogs and Bears
Bears live all over the parks and are common on all trails, paved or unpaved, as well as in campgrounds, parking lots, and other developed areas. All park bears are wild. Interactions with dogs may lead to an unpredictable outcome, including an injury to the dog, bear, or the owner.
What About Service Dogs?
Service dogs are permitted anywhere their companion goes. For information on what qualifies as a service dog and for safety information, please visit our Service Animals page.
Nearby Areas Where Pets Are Permitted
In the national forest lands that surround these parks, leashed pets are allowed on trails. Leashes must be less than 6 feet (1.8 meters) long. See the map below for locations of national forest areas adjoining Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument is administered by the U.S. Forest Service.
Last updated: October 19, 2023