Here in West Yellowstone, there are pet-friendly lodging properties that can be found by searching in the “sleep” section. The Boundary Ski Trail is also pet-friendly for skiing and hiking.
Please note that there are no boarding kennels in West Yellowstone or surrounding areas. The closest kennels are in Belgrade/Bozeman, Montana or Idaho Falls, Idaho. You can also contact White & White Veterinary for possible arrangements prior to your arrival.
Pets are allowed in Yellowstone Park, but there are strict guidelines you will need to follow. Pets are allowed in public areas, parking lots and within 100 feet of any road. They must be on a leash that is not longer than 6 feet in length at all times. Visitors are not allowed to tie their pet to trees or other objects and leave them unattended. Pet kennels cannot be left outside of vehicles.
If you do leave a pet in a vehicle, make sure you have proper ventilation. If possible, park in a shady spot or plan that part of you visit for early in the day. Although the climate in Yellowstone is cooler than most of the country, vehicles heat up fast here.
While leashed pets are allowed to accompany their owners to the viewing benches around Old Faithful Geyser, they are not allowed on any other boardwalks or trails. Pets are prohibited from all of Yellowstone’s backcountry, including trails.
Animals seen harassing wildlife are subject to impoundment and possibly being destroyed or the owner fined. It is required that you carry proof of vaccinations from a veterinarian. Park Rangers may ask to see those documents.
West Yellowstone and Yellowstone Park are located in mountainous terrain with predators including coyotes, bears, owls and wolves that can prey on domestic animals. Bears and wolves particularly don’t like dogs. While it is possible that your dog may outrun a bear, it is unlikely you could. Bears have been known to follow domestic dogs back to their owners. Wolves see domestic dogs as competition.
Thermal areas, which are located all across Yellowstone, pose a huge threat to your animals. Much of the thermal water in the park is at or nearly at the boiling point. Dogs have a difficult time distinguishing between cool water and hot water. There have been many occasions where dogs have been injured or killed by jumping into hot water here. There have even been instances where owners have lost their lives trying to save a pet.
Be aware that diseases can be spread from domestic animals to Yellowstone’s wild animals and vice versa. Mange, Parvo and Distemper are found in wild animals and can be transmitted to your pet. You must clean up after your pet in Yellowstone and the trails around West Yellowstone.