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South Rim 0248fcb0e51600636e241ce8d9070338
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Leashed pets are allowed on trails above the rim, Mather Campground, Desert View Campground, Trailer Village and throughout the developed areas. If you want to go for a hike, you can board your pet in the South Rim kennel. Pets are NOT permitted below the rim, in park lodging (hotel rooms - dogs and cats must be boarded in the kennel), or on park buses.


Grand Canyon West 0248fcb0e51600636e241ce8d9071320
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Grand Canyon west, frequently called the "West Rim," is on the Hualapai Native American Reservation and is owned and operated by the Hualapai Tribe. The famous "SkyWalk" is located at Grand Canyon West. Unfortunately, pets are not permitted on tours or allowed to be left in parked cars. Pet accommodations are available at the Hualapai Ranch (fee applies). Service animals are permitted on tours.


Grand Canyon National Park 0420c350e0bc287fecd53734ce01f5cc
Jess Holmes
Pets are permitted in Grand Canyon National Park. Pets must remain on a leash at all times. Pets are allowed on trails above the rim, Mather Campground, Desert View Campground, Trailer Village and throughout the developed areas. Pets are not permitted below the rim, in park lodging (hotel rooms), or on park buses. On the North Rim pets are not allowed other than the bridle path that connects the lodge with the North Kaibab Trail. A kennel is available at the South Rim only.


North Rim 0420c350e0bc287fecd53734ce01f772
Jess Holmes
The South Rim has the more familiar views of The Canyon, but the views from the North Rim are every bit as spectacular. What the North Rim has over the South Rim is solitude. Very seldom does one feel crowded at the North Rim. The highway leading to the North Rim is also the way out, so visitors have to backtrack. But the ride to the North Rim is better than any portion of the roads leading to the South Rim. The lodging is more rustic, but the architecture of the Dining Room of the North Rim Lodge is something to marvel at. The window seats are right on the edge, so it's hard to concentrate of your meal while watching the ever-changing play of light in The Canyon. Kaibab Mule Deer are often seen ambling amongst the cabins, and through the sites in the campground. The drive-to viewpoints are also awe-inspiring, but one doesn't feel herded, or crowded, as one often feels amongst the throngs at the South Rim. Along Highway 67 leading to the park entrance, you'll see Kaibab Lodge, to the west of the highway. It's worth a visit. The food is quite good, and the seating area around the enormous fireplace is just what you expect in a charming, rustic lodge.

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Pet rules from Grand Canyon National Park: You can bring dogs on the rim path and to the east rim view points. Your pet must be on a leash at all times. No access on park shuttles or buses. No pets on inner canyon trails below the rim.
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The Grand Canyon is so beautiful, i loved seeing such a wonder with my dog by my side.
--Jess Holmes