Doggy dos and don'ts in national parks

May 5, 2004
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Doggy dos and don'ts in national parks
Question: Which parks in North America allow campers to take dogs into the backcountry? I tried calling the National Park Service, but was told that they don't keep that information. I was told that I would have to call each park independently. Can you help me?

Mike Jurinksi
Burke, VA
[email protected]

Adventure Adviser: Sadly, you probably will have to call each park independently, which--unless you're planning to visit all 369 of them--shouldn't really be a big deal. Or you can pick up a book like National Geographic's Guide to the National Parks, which has a pretty complete rundown of dog-related rules. The bottom line is that regulations vary widely from park to park, so your best bet is to go straight to the source--the park itself. If I knew which parks you had in mind, I could probably be of more help, but unfortunately I don't. I'd recommend, then, calling park headquarters and talking to a ranger.

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