Originally Posted by Bassdogs
Dogs are routinely prohibited from trails at National properties as well as many State Parks. For parks where dangerous predators roam, the justification is obvious. The no dogs rule exists almost everywhere.
True for National Parks.
Not true for almost all National Forests and BLM lands, including NF Wilderness areas. The rule they have is that all dogs must be kept on a leash and under control. The reason for this is the safety of other visitors, avoiding wildlife harassment, and avoiding lost animals (dogs taking off after a rabbit, deer etc. and never coming back).
Lost dogs are a problem both in terms of becoming feral, and in terms of owners wanting the Rangers to "do something" even though the animal was clearly lost because the owners were not following the rules.
National Parks were established for the "benefit and enjoyment of the American People." Nothing about dogs in that establishment legislation. I doubt that dogs have an appreciation for the geologic history of the Grand Canyon, the cultural history of Chaco Canyon, or the breathtaking views of Yellowstone's lower falls.