Montrose and the Western-Slope is a generally pet friendly area with a variety of pet walking and jogging opportunities in city limits and the surrounding region. There is a leash law in Montrose and accordingly pets should be leashed when on public trails in city limits. Pet owners should be especially vigilant when exploring areas where ranching activities exist.
In Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, pets on leash may be walked on roads, in campgrounds, to the overlooks, and are allowed on the Rim Rock Trail, Cedar Point Nature Trail, and North Rim Chasm View Nature Trail. Pets are not allowed on any other hiking trails, inner canyon routes or in the wilderness area.
In Curecanti National Recreation Area pets are allowed on all hiking trails but must be leashed at all times.
Do not leave your pet unattended in a vehicle or campsite. A National Park Service spokesperson says that Interior temperatures of vehicles rise within minutes and pets can quickly overheat and die, even with the windows cracked.