Service Animals in National Parks


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On October 18, 2018, the National Park Service (NPS) released a memo on visitors with disabilities and service animals. This memo brings NPS policy on service animals in alignment with the Americans with Disabilities Act and its regulations as promulgated by the Department of Justice (DOJ). Every effort has been made to ensure consistency between DOJ regulations on service animals and NPS policy because visitors with disabilities should be afforded consistency, no matter where they go.

Additional information and training was shared in December 2018 by the WASO Accessibility Program.

What You’ll Find

  • Service Animal Webinar Recording
  • FAQs about Service Animals¬†– provides guidance and clarification for the use of service animals by visitors with disabilities and address the many questions that field personnel consistently ask of Washington Support Office Accessibility Program Support.
  • Service Animals in Park Housing –¬†This article gives you an overview of the differences between service animals and comfort animals and how specific situations related to park housing might be handled.


Have additional questions? Reach out to the WASO Accessibility Support team via email at accessibility@nps.gov.

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