Canine Campers - Bringing Dogs to the National Forest

General Information

  • The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests are dog friendly.
  • Dogs can be off leash in the forest in some situations, but must be leashed in developed recreation sites (campgrounds and picnic areas).
  • It is best practice to keep your dogs and other pets inside an enclosed vehicle or in a tent at night.
  • You must clean up pet waste, no matter where it is.
  • Do not leave a poop bag on the trail to pick up later - they are often forgotten or missed on the way back leaving litter on the trail.

Frequently Asked Questions

Federal Regulations

  • Failure to have a dog on a leash can lead to a citation under 36 CFR 261.8(d).
  • Within developed recreation sites, you can be cited under 36 CFR § 261.16j.
  • Within the rest of the forest, you can be cited under 36 CFR 261.8(d).