Find campgrounds and RV Parks in the U.S. where dogs, cats, and other pets are welcome
Camping is a great way for dogs and other pets to experience new sights and smells, get some exercise, and spend time with you. Camping can be fun for you and your pet, but before you go, you should do some preparation:
Check to see whether the camping area allows dogs, and familiarize yourself with the rules for pets at the site – some parks may have restricted areas, like park facilities, lakes, ponds, creeks and streams, and the backcountry. Many parks do not allow pets on hiking trails or boardwalks. Always check park regulations if you plan on hiking during your stay.
Make sure your dog is healthy and up-to-date on all required vaccinations, particularly rabies. And, remember to bring your pet’s proof of rabies vaccination as many campgrounds require it for entry. Ask your vet whether your dog should be vaccinated against Lyme disease, a tick-borne disease. Discuss appropriate flea and tick control. Be sure your dog is protected against heartworms, which are transmitted by mosquito bite and have been reported in all 50 states, according to the American Heartworm Society.
Make sure your pet has an appropriate collar or harness with an identification tag. Use a cell phone number where you can be reached at all times, not a home phone number, on the tag. Microchipping your dog will provide an additional measure of protection in the event that your dog becomes lost. A long leash is a great way to allow your dog to explore the campsite.
Bring water for your dog to drink if a water supply is not available at the campsite. Do not allow your dog to drink out of standing bodies of water. Your dog should continue to eat his regular diet during the trip; pack enough food and treats to last for your entire stay. Pack a food dish and water bowl. Bring bedding and toys to keep your dog occupied as well. Take a copy of your dog’s health records and vaccination reports, required at some campgrounds. Other essential items include a leash and collar or harness, a carrier or other means to confine your dog when necessary, bags to pick up your dog’s waste, a first aid kit and any medications your dog takes regularly.
Browse our listings to find pet-friendly campgrounds in U.S. State, County and Regional Parks; State Forests; U.S. National Parks and Forests; and private campgrounds & RV Parks. Some State Parks offer camping cabins for visitors with pets.
U.S. National Parks Campgrounds – Pet Policies
In general, pets are permitted but must be restrained either on a leash not exceeding 6 feet in length, caged or crated at all times. Check park regulations regarding camping with your pet. Some campgrounds permit pet camping only in designated sites. Please be aware of the pet policy of the campground you’re planning to visit. Read more here.
U.S. National Forests Campgrounds – Pet Policies
All U.S. National Forests campgrounds allow pets, but they must be leashed and under control in the campground and on the trails. Read more here.
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) – Camping on Public Lands
Most of the lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management are in Western States. These are wide-open spaces and wildlands that offer developed campgrounds and dispersed camping in undeveloped areas. Plan ahead and be aware of potential hazards. It is everyone’s responsibility to take steps necessary to minimize the chances of becoming lost or injured on public lands. Leashed pets are allowed in most BLM campgrounds.
KOA Campgrounds – 5 Tips for Camping With Pets
Pets are allowed at many KOA Campgrounds, a chain with nearly 500 locations throughout North America. Check with the campground about its specific pet policies. Some don’t allow pets in Cabins, for example, or may have limited pet units. Others don’t accept particular breeds that insurance providers have identified as having a history of aggression. Select KOA Campgrounds provide Kamp K9s, a fenced area where your pup has room to roam off leash and ample seating for you to watch them romp. You’ll find cleanup stations, fresh water and, at some KOAs, dedicated areas for large and small dogs.