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New Bark Ranger Program! Where to take pets in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park?

3:06 AM · Feb 26, 2021

"Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park unleashes Bark Ranger Program" RELEASE DATE: FEBRUARY 25, 2021 Hawaii National Park, HAWAI‘I – Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park wants dogs and their humans to have a positive experience in the park, while keeping people, pets and wildlife safe through its new Bark Ranger program. The new self-guided program is as easy as BARK: -B ag your dog’s waste and remove it. -A lways leash your dog. Keep your dog on a six-foot leash and under control at all times. -R espect wildlife. The park is home to many native species, most notably the State Bird of Hawaiʻi, the nēnē. -K now where you can go. The first step to getting your furry family member Bark-Ranger certified is to visit the bark website: Watch the new video and take the BARK pledge: Download and fill out the Bark Ranger certificate: Bring your certificate to the park, and get it stamped by a two-legged park ranger at Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai. Your pup is now a doggone Bark Ranger! Need some bone-a-fide bling on that collar? Bring your Bark Ranger certificate to the Hawaiʻi Pacific Parks Association store. Our non-profit partner has Bark Ranger dog tags available for purchase ($5.95) and will soon have nifty Bark Ranger bandanas. All proceeds support your park. Dogs and other pets are not allowed in many areas of the park for safety reasons, and for the protection of threatened and endangered native species. Bark Rangers and their humans know where they can go (always on a leash), including Mauna Loa Road and most paved parking areas and surrounding curbs, and some areas in Kahuku. Don’t end up in the dog house, visit the website for a complete list of pawsibilites. Check the Superintendent’s Compendium for exemptions regarding authorized service animals. ( All pets and service animals in the park must be leashed at all times. MORE INFO ON WHERE (From ) : Here’s a list of some of the locations you may visit with your pet at the park: -All parking areas and surrounding curbs (excluding Hilina Pali Road and Kulanaokuaiki Campground) -On Crater Rim Drive in areas open to vehicles -On Chain of Craters Road down to Puʻu Loa Petroglyphs -At Nāmakanipaio Campground -On Mauna Loa Road, occasionally referred to as “The Strip Road” -On Highway 11 -At Kīlauea Military Camp: on paved roads and parking areas; and at the picnic area, up to the park ball field gate, not including the ball field Pets are prohibited in all of the undeveloped areas of the park. This includes all designated wilderness and all frontcountry and backcountry trails. At the Kahuku Unit: -In developed areas that include the open fields adjacent to the Visitor Contact Station and other park buildings, and the area that extends to the boundary of the forested areas up to, but not including Puʻu o Lokuana -On Kahuku Road from Highway 11 to the cross fence gate, including the airstrip by the intersection of Puʻu o Lokuana -Old Mamalahoa Highway spur road