Pets are not allowed to be more than 100' of a vehicle, cannot be on any boardwalk or at a thermal site at Yellowstone.  Hotels in parks do not allow dogs but SOME cabins do.  As a general rule, its best to keep fido at home when you plan to visit a national park as it will severely limit your experience to see the park.  If you have a pet in your RV, we recommend Top Dog in Bozeman ( which is on the way to the park for boarding - but it must be up to date on all shots - please call ahead for what is needed exactly.

This is from Xanterra, who runs lodging in Yellowstone:

Yellowstone National Park is not considered “pet friendly” and it is not recommended that you bring a pet with you on your visit to the Park.However, if you do decide to bring your pet, we would like to make you aware of the National Park Service’s park-wide restrictions:


  1. Pets are prohibited in the backcountry and on trails and boardwalks - Yellowstone National Park is a designated natural area where wildlife is free to roam undisturbed. Park visitors should be able to enjoy native wildlife in their natural environment without the disruption of other people's pets.


· Yellowstone is bear country, and domestic animals (especially dogs) and bears are traditionally antagonists. A loose dog can lead a bear directly back to you.

· There is a strong possibility that your pet could become prey for a bear, coyote, owl, or other predator. There is also a possibility of exchange of diseases between domestic animals and wildlife.

· Thermal areas pose particular hazards to pets. Boiling water in pools and thermal channels can cause severe or fatal burns if your pet decides to take a drink or go for a swim.


2. Pets may accompany you in the front country areas of the park - This includes any areas within 100 feet of roads, parking areas, and campgrounds. Pets must be kept under physical control at all times - caged, crated, or on a leash not to exceed six feet in length.


3. It is prohibited to leave a pet unattended and tied to an object - If necessary, pets may remain in your vehicle while you are viewing attractions near roads and parking areas. Be sure to provide sufficient ventilation for its comfort and survival.


· Pets running at large may be impounded and the owner charged for the care and feeding of the animal. By law, any domestic animal observed by authorities to be molesting or killing wildlife may be destroyed if necessary for public safety or the protection of wildlife.


4. Pets should leave no traces other than footprints - The owner is responsible for clean-up and disposal of all pet feces. Please be thoughtful of other visitors as well as your pet

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