Can I Bring My Pet to Olympic National Park?

To protect the wildlife and flora, pets are prohibited in most areas in the park. Here we list a few places you CAN take your dog plus pet-friendly lodging.
A man sitting with his dog on the beach

If you are imagining a trip to Olympic National Park where you and your dog hike miles in the backcountry, followed by overnights at the beach, you will be sorely disappointed when you arrive in the park.

To protect the wildlife and park’s flora, pets are prohibited in public buildings, on boats on park rivers, designated wilderness areas, including overnight backcountry areas.

Olympic Trails for You and Your Pet

Here are the areas where you can bring your dog: the Spruce Railroad Trail, Peabody Creek Trail, Madison Falls Trail, all Kalaloch beaches from Ruby Beach south to South Beach and Rialto Beach on the .8-mile stretch north to Ellen Creek. This is day use only, not overnight.

Lake Cushman near Hoodsport in Autumn

The pet-friendly Spruce Railroad Trail runs along Lake Crescent and begins in an old orchard. Photo by Justin Bailie

In the areas where dogs are permitted, they must be leashed at all times. Leashes cannot be longer than 6 feet. Park officials ask that you pick up after your pet and you never leave your pet unattended.

Boarding and Pet-Friendly Lodges

If you are interested in boarding your pet, there are a number of kennels in Port Angeles north of the park. You also can find pet-friendly lodges.

In the Forks area, there are a couple of lodging options, including the Kalaloch Lodge and Miller Tree Inn Bed and Breakfast, that offer pet-friendly rooms.

At Kalaloch, there are a number of pet-friendly cabins. It costs $25 as a nonrefundable, one-time fee to stay with a pet, and there is a maximum of two dogs per cabin. Kalaloch also offers the “Pampered Pooch Package” that includes one-night stay, a home-made dog treat, a set of travel food and water bowls, pet waste bags and a pooch toy. Call 866-662-9928 and use the promo code “GOODDOG” to make your reservation for this package.

At Miller Tree Inn, you can stay in the Orchard Suite, which is a room that can accommodate up to four people and is attached to the inn via a breezeway. It costs an additional $10 per night to have your pet stay with you in the Orchard room.


Park visitors get advice, permits, bear cans and maps from rangers at the Port Angeles Visitor Center near the Hurricane Ridge Entrance Station

Olympic National Park Entrances

Accessed via US 101, which circles the peninsula, Olympic National Park has many entry points. Here are the six most popular.

The interior of the remodeled Hoh Visitor Center. Photo by NPS

Entrance Fees and Where to Get Your Park Pass for Olympic National Park

Hoping to take a hike along Hurricane Ridge? Don’t forget the entrance fee to Olympic National Park..

Hikers at Hole-in-the-Wall on Rialto Beach in Olympic National Park

What to Pack for an Olympic National Park Vacation

How do you pack a place where you can experience so many ecosystems in one day? Here are the top 16 items to bring to the park.

General locations of ferries to Olympic National Park

Where is Olympic National Park?

This park is in the northwest corner of the United States in Washington state on the Olympic Peninsula. It contains Pacific Ocean beaches and mountains.

Sea stacks on Ruby Beach in Olympic National Park

Pacific Coast in Olympic National Park

The park’s wild coastline features both easy-access beaches and remote wilderness. Camp on the beaches year-round.

Cross-country skiing on Hurricane Ridge. Photo by NPS

Winter in Olympic National Park

The park is open 24-hours year round. Some roads, campgrounds and other facilities close during the winter season, but the park itself is always open!

Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center in Olympic National Park

Visitor Centers in Olympic National Park

There are three visitor centers and multiple ranger stations in Olympic National Park. See exhibits and learn about the park.

Cross-country skiing on Hurricane Ridge. Photo by NPS

Top 5 Things to Do in Winter in Olympic National Park

With fewer visitors during the season, you can find peaceful mountains, crashing waves, and dripping lushness in this winter wonderland.

Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park

Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park

This strikingly blue, deep (624 feet) lake sits in the forest 18 miles west of Port Angeles.