Pets

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Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is for wildlife. While your pet is welcome, please make sure you follow these strictly enforced regulations that are in place to protect wildlife and your pet.


From October 1 through March 31:

  • Pets must be inside the vehicle at all times while on the Auto Tour Loop.
  • Pets are not allowed on any trails adjacent to the Auto Tour Loop (this includes: Marsh Overlook Trail, Boardwalk Trail/Sparrow Loop, John P. Taylor, Jr. Memorial Trail, Rio Viejo Trail, Observation Blind Trail).
  • Pets are not allowed on observation decks, or inside the visitor center.  
  • Pets are allowed on all hiking trails west of Highway 1 (this includes: Chupadera Wilderness National Recreation Trail, Canyon National Recreation Trail, Desert Arboretum) though they must be physically restrained at all times on a leash no longer than six feet in length.


From April 1 through September 30:

  • Pets are allowed on all hiking trails though they must be physically restrained on a leash no longer than six feet in length. 
  • Pets are not allowed on observation decks or inside the visitor center.