Hiking and Camping with Dogs

Dogs HikingDogs are always welcome on the San Juan National Forest. Please keep them under control at all times to respect the resource and other visitors. We recommend you keep your dog on a leash. Never leave them unattended. Dogs allowed to roam freely can frighten or injure wildlife, disturb other forest visitors, and create impacts to the natural resources. A dog that is excessively barking, aggressive, or chasing animals is not under control.

For a successful trip with your dog, please follow these rules:

In Campgrounds/Recreation Areas

  • Keep dogs on a leash 6’ or shorter.
  • Store dog food in bear resistant food lockers.
  • Pick up and trash your dog’s waste.
  • Keep your dog in your tent or vehicle at night.
  • Don't leave your dog in the car on a hot day.

On Wilderness Trails

  • Leash your dog around packers, horses, and stock animals.
  • Store dog food in bear resistant food containers.
  • Bury dog waste 100’ from water or trail.
  • Keep your dog in your tent at night.
  • Dogs must always be under strict leash or voice control. Maintain control of your dog at all times. Ensure your dog is a good steward of the land and respects other visitors.
  • Make sure that you have enough water for your canine compainion.

In Visitor Centers

  • Refrain from bringing dogs inside.

We appreciate you following the guidelines above so all visitors to San Juan National Forest have a safe and enjoyable trip.