The History

Yellowstone National Park is a national park located in the U.S. states of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. It was established by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Granton March 1, 1872. Yellowstone was the first national park in the U.S. and is also widely held to be the first national park in the world. The park is known for its wildlife and its many geothermal features, especially Old Faithful geyser, one of its most popular features. It has many types of ecosystems, but the subalpine forest is the most abundant. It is part of the South Central Rockies forests ecoregion.

Yellowstone National Park spans an area of 3,468.4 square miles, Yellowstone Lake is one of the largest high-elevation lakes in North America and is centered over the Yellowstone Caldera, the largest supervolcano on the continent.


Taking Your Dog

The park is laid out in a figure eight. We suggest that you enter the park at the west entrance. We recommend turning left, following signs for Madison and Old Faithful. The lower portion of the figure eight contains the most attractions.

Most of these locations have an ample parking area for you to relax and take a break if need be. All pets and dogs are allowed on any paved road. Many of the attractions in the lower portion of the park are visible either in full or partially from the parking lot.

Unfortunately dogs are not allowed on any boardwalks so sometimes you will miss out on the full natural attractions of the parks. However, and we stress this – We were completely blown away with how much of the park we were able to see with our dog. The sites of this park are completely breath taking and its easy to see why its one of the nations first national parks.

camping at yellowstone national park with dogs

Dogs are basically not allowed on any of the trails. Luckily there is a neighboring national forest named Targhee. Its absolutely stunning and a wonderful dog friendly alternative. Its only a few miles from West Yellowstone and offers many camping locations and a rangers office near by if you have any questions. If you do camp in these areas be well aware and prepared for the natural threats such as bears and coyotes that roam freely in these areas.

Note: the iconic Yellowstone arch entrance is located on the eastern entrance.

Below is the park map that you will receive upon your arrival to Yellowstone National Park. If you’re visiting with a dog, we HIGHLY recommend staying in West Yellowstone. There are great camping options, hotels and shops located in this small area. Also, Targhee National Forest is located in West Yellowstone.

yellowstone national park with dogs

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We had a wonderful experience bringing a dog to Yellowstone National Park. All of the park rangers and staff were so kind and helpful with information, they really made the trip memorable. Its a wonderful surprise just how many attractions we were able to see and enjoy with them also.


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