Why are dogs and other pets prohibited at Nachusa Grasslands, including the Visitor Center?
Nachusa Grasslands is a preserve set aside for native species, rather than for recreation. Rare and even endangered ground–nesting birds and reptiles both breed and winter here. Pets can disturb these species and are therefore not allowed.
Keep in mind that dogs easily pick up the scent of other animals. They are instinctively predatory so they can naturally locate or pursue the wildlife. Pets can also introduce unwanted parasites and disease to Nachusa's native animal population.
Contact Nachusa Grasslands regarding bringing service animals to the preserve.