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Saving Senior Dogs Week
October 26, 2021

Saving Senior Dogs Weel

Join the DogTrekker challenge: Let's fund saving senior dogs!

At DogTrekker, we're guided by one simple mission: Leave no dog behind. By supporting California animal welfare organizations – including Lily's Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary in Petaluma, which finds homes for large-breed senior dogs, and San Francisco's Muttville, serving senior and special needs dogs – we're building a better world for all four-legged friends.
That's why we're thrilled to launch a new DogTrekker Challenge benefitting Saving Senior Dogs Week. This dog-gone good campaign raises awareness and funds for senior dog rescues nationwide, including seven groups here in California (click for a complete list). DogTrekker will donate $1,000 during this year's Saving Senior Dogs Week, October 25-31. Please join us and help organizers reach their $50,000 goal! Donate now. Read more...

Plan a pawsitively perfect getaway in Greater Palm Springs
October 20, 2021

Photo by Greater Palm Springs
Traveling with your four-legged best friend? With more than 300 days of sunshine each year, sprawling open spaces, and a welcoming atmosphere for people and pups alike, Greater Palm Springs is the perfect spot for your next getaway.

Bring Fido along for an unforgettable trip to this Southern California oasis, where pet-friendly activities and amenities abound—think early morning hikes, afternoons by the pool, and fine dining with a view. Read more...


Fall is prime wine time in California
October 14, 2021

Wine Time
Wine time with the pup

Visiting dog-friendly California wineries is a favorite DogTrekker activity. Even during the second year of the pandemic, summer saw crowded tasting rooms, packed patios and sold-out tours and special events.
With the advent of fall and the busy harvest and crush season winding down, things are calmer and there’s plenty of room for you and your pooch to relax and enjoy. Here are a few tips and insights on wine areas ripe for visiting. Read more...

Fall into Mendocino County
October 7, 2021

California travelers know fall is the ripe time to pack the hiking boots for an adventure in Northern California’s Mendocino County. As the barometer slides, the fog pulls away, corks pop and nature hits its seasonal migration stride.  
For families, you’ll find the most unique dog-friendly lodging properties anywhere in the state. Add in dozens of coastal and inland parks, lakes, hikes, vineyards, attractions and a powerful perch along 90 miles of Pacific Coastline, and you have the recipe for fall fun! Read more...

Yosemite Open Without Reservations
October 1, 2021

As of Friday, October 1, guests will no longer need advance reservations to enter Yosemite! And remember, you never need reservations to visit Yosemite’s Highway 140 gateway, magnificent Mariposa County.

In celebration of fall, our friends at Visit Yosemite Mariposa County have outlined a wonderful dog lover’s itinerary that helps you enjoy the best dog-friendly fun this region has to offer. You’ll find sunny days, cool nights, fewer crowds, and lots of tail-waggin' things to do. Now is the time to visit, you lucky dog! Read more...

Explore Sacramento’s ‘Big Back Yard’ with your pup
September 22, 2021

Bella visits the capitol, image courtesy of Duroncelet

As the seasons change and the smoke from Northern California wildfires gives way to crystal-blue skies, opportunities for exploring Sacramento and the destinations in its “big back yard” expand. Make the state capital your home base and take off from there. Here is the best of dog-friendly Sacramento and neighboring communities. Read more...

Surf's Up
September 9, 2021

If you think summer’s over because autumn begins in a few weeks, consider this: it’s really the sunniest time of year on the California coast. This is a season of great light, warm days and calm air along the Golden State’s shores. This long-tail summer, from now through early November, features sunny beaches and lots to do, including events and fun celebrations for the entire family. Here’s a DogTrekker sampling. Read more...

Four-paw accommodations: Pet-friendly Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
August 25, 2021

Anybody who has ever traveled with their canine companion knows that some accommodations are more dog-friendly than others. At Tenaya Lodge, you can fetch a trip you’ll both enjoy.
If you like adventuring with your dog and have always wanted to experience Yosemite National Park, then Tenaya Lodge is perfect. Read more...

DogTrekker turns 10. That's 70 in dog years!
August 12, 2021
Dog photo

Yikes, can it be mid-summer already? As California opens up from its pandemic slumber, road trips are all the rage, and travelers are on the move with their pups. The top lodging choice for DogTrekkers this year are cabins and cottages. Here are some of our favorites. Read more...

Last chance to win a Stanford Inn DogCation®
July 29, 2021

The DogCation® is the most widely anticipated promotion in the history of DogTrekker. We celebrate summer with our annual Stanford Inn DogCation. Enter to win a two-night stay at the dog-passionate Stanford Inn by the Sea. Read more...

Best in show, Noyo Harbor Inn
July 14, 2021

Welcome to Fort Bragg, where dog-friendly rooms at the Noyo Harbor Inn overlook the tree-lined Noyo River. The inn features waterfront patio dining, spa services and authentic Craftsman details dating back more than a century. It also serves as an upscale home base for enjoying canoe routes, coastal trails, photo walks and Skunk Train rides. The historic line travels Mendocino County’s classic Redwood Route, providing a dog-friendly introduction to the region’s scenic highlights. Read more...

Redwoods, Railroads and Mendocino County magic
July 8, 2021

California Western Railroad has traveled through majestic Mendocino County redwoods for 135 years. Affectionately known as the “Skunk Train,” this celebrated attraction welcomes guests and their four-legged friends on five historic trains traveling two unforgettable routes. The experience anchors an array of dog-friendly adventures on California’s rugged North Coast, from sampling local brews in Fort Bragg, to hiking more than 20 state parks, beaches and reserves dotting Mendocino County. Punch your ticket and start planning today. Read more...

The best dog-friendly cabins
June 30, 2021

Yikes, can it be mid-summer already? As California opens up from its pandemic slumber, road trips are all the rage, and travelers are on the move with their pups. The top lodging choice for DogTrekkers this year are cabins and cottages. Here are some of our favorites. Read more...

Tap into adventure in Concord
June 9, 2021

Visit Concord

Set in the shadow of magnificent Mount Diablo, dog-friendly Concord is an under-the-radar East Bay gem. Jazz musician Dave Brubeck was born here. The popular Iron Horse Regional Trail winds through town.

Dog-friendly hiking paths unfold in every direction, and a new passport program in place through June 30 spotlights a thriving regional craft beer scene. Stay for a day or spend the weekend. Either way, Visit Concord shares engaging itineraries and suggestions for families traveling with four-legged friends. Read more...

Best Dog Hikes in Redding
June 2, 2021

Turtle Bay
Like to hike? You’re in luck in the Trail Capital of California, as Redding has so aptly branded itself. The city boasts about 80 miles of trails within its city limits and hundreds more within a 20-mile radius of its core.

Trails are free to all, and most are dog-friendly, which means the whole family can explore together. Remember to pack your camera, a few snacks and plenty of water. Before you put paws to path, request a free trails brochure or check out the virtual guides online. And as always, pack it in, pack it out, and Leave Only Paw Prints™! Read more...

Rest and Recharge in Coastal Mendocino
May 19, 2021

Stanford Inn
Fresh sea breezes. Fido-friendly paddling, pedaling and hiking. Local wine and produce plated hours after harvest. Simple suggestions for living well. Enjoy highlights like these at dog-passionate Stanford Inn by the Sea, a historic farm and eco-resort on the Mendocino coast. Tucked between old-growth trees and USDA-certified organic gardens, this dog-friendly destination weaves wellness, relaxation and only-in-California recreation into each stay. Here’s what to explore when you visit. Read more...

If It’s Summer, It Must Be Dog Camping Time May 6, 2021

As the weather warms up, the great outdoors calls. With COVID restrictions lifted somewhat and more and more recreational sites opening up, there’s a feeling of freedom in the air. Your dog is sure to feel it, too. So what are you waiting for? Prepare ahead of time, pack up your tent, your hikers and your pup and get out there! Of course, be sure to Leave Only Paw Prints™ Read more...

Best Hikes in Santa Cruz 
April 29, 2021

travel with dogs's recent reader poll ranked hiking as the #1 activity that you want to experience at destinations you visit in 2021. In a recent blog, our friends at Visit Santa Cruz, who also get the same requests, put together a list of hikes in Santa Cruz County that will really get those tails wagging. Here are a few of our favs, with links to many more. Read more...

Time to Get Your DogTrekking Show on the Road April 21, 2021

travel with dogs
After a year of color tiers and various stages of COVID lockdown, it’s time to get your dog show on the road. So, plan ahead using, make your reservations, download or update the DogTrekker mobile app, pack the leash, bowls, beds and whatever else your pup needs, and take off on a fun-filled road trip! Here are some of our favorites. Read more...

Yosemite is Open and Calling 
April 15, 2021

travel with dogs
Spring is here and Yosemite and Mariposa County are ready for you. The National Park Service is working to increase access to the park on a phased approach. Reservations are not currently required to drive into Yosemite, but will be required beginning May 21.That means that if you are staying outside of the park, you will need an advance reservation; which begin on April 21. Here is the complete guide from our friends at Read more...

Ready, Set, Zoom for the Rescues 
April 1, 2021

tailwags and handbags
OK, enough already about the over-abundance of Zoom calls, meetings, appointments and conferences we’ve had to sit through this past year. The silver lining for those of with pets: we've had our furry critters by our sides during most of the year! Read more...

Spring is Springing; Time to Put Paws to Path! March 11, 2021

Woman with dog
Wow, has it been a year already since COVID-19 came along and “shelter in place” orders and mask mandates were issued to keep us safe? A lot more is known now than then, and the bright side, as we wait for vaccinations and the gradual lifting of restrictions, is that we’re a lot more free to get out and about with our canine companions. Here are some suggestions for dog-friendly hikes this spring. Read more...

Sacramento's Dog-friendly Dining Scene Feb. 18, 2021

Sacramento’s restaurant scene, if not in full bloom, is at least budding again. No, you can’t yet eat indoors, but heated dining tents and patios have sprung up all over town, and with stay-at-home orders lifted and the weather generally mild, people (some accompanied by their dogs) are eating out again—socially distanced, of course. Here’s a sampling of some of our favorites. Pay them a visit with your pup and help save SAC restaurants!  Read more...

Finally, Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder! January 14, 2021

We all agree 2020 was a very tough year for travel, but there were a few bright spots. After working with many local health and other park jurisdictions in the South Lake Tahoe area, Wild Blue Dogs was given the go-ahead for their fall 2020 camp. Actually, the camp turned out to be the only operational Dog Camp in the USA. Utilizing the most advanced cleaning techniques and social distancing protocols, the camp did not have a single reported illness. Read more...

Get Out of Your COVID Rut With Some Dog-Friendly Snow Play! 2/3/2021 Snow Play

Woof-woof hooray! With Governor Newsom’s recent lifting of stay-at-home orders, California has recovered some of its dog-friendly mojo. While many COVID-19 restrictions are still in place (don’t take that mask off yet and stay safer at 6 feet), we can dine outdoors again (with our pups) and enjoy many aspects of the outdoors. Here’s a look at some possibilities for the month of February. Read more...

DogTrekker Season of Giving: Senior Mutts Need Homes Too 12/17/2020

Muttville Pup

All Donations Now Matched at Muttville! So many dogs are suffering and need your help right now. Some are the casualties of unavoidable tragedy – people who have lost homes, gotten sick, or died. Some are victims of neglect. No matter why a senior dog ends up in a shelter, their chances of ever getting out are not good. No matter how wonderful, senior dogs rarely make it out of shelters alive. Read more.

Support Those in Napa Valley Who Do the Heavy Lifting 12/10/2020

Can Do Give Guide Logo

DogTrekker has long promoted nearly 300 Napa Valley dog-friendly hotels, restaurants, wineries, attractions, and local services. As part of our mission to provide local and accurate listings, engaging travel content, and support for animal welfare organizations, we regularly feature a number of Napa Valley adoption, rescue, and shelter services, all that need financial assistance on an ongoing basis.

This year we are pleased to recommend CanDo's Napa Valley Give!Guide 2020 that supports a culture of year-end giving. This guide raises awareness of 57 local non-profits, both animal welfare-related and community-focused organizations. Over 2.3 million dollars has been raised through the guide in the past seven years by providing easy one-stop giving to these groups. Read more...

Color-Coded Outings With Your Dog - 11/25/2020

COlor Coded Outings
Yellow, orange, red or purple? Keeping up with ever-changing pandemic color codes and associated restrictions can be confusing, but your dog doesn’t care: She just wants to be with you, whether for an hour, a weekend or more. In Northern California, we have limitless options for safe, dog-friendly getaways. So leash up, keep an eye on the rules, get out and enjoy our big Bay Area backyard. Read more...

Dog, You've Earned a Yosemite Vacation 10/29/2020

Dog in Mountains

Photo: Lauren Burtz

Autumn is in full swing in Mariposa County, home of Yosemite National Park. The great news for DogTrekkers is that the park is open and the vehicle reservations required during the pandemic are no longer needed as of November 1. Read more...

Dogs in the Vineyards 10/15/2020

Dogs in the Vineyards - Dog Photo

October is’s official winery month, covering not only the “usual suspects” around the Bay Area, but smaller, more out-of-the-way destinations you may not have heard of or explored. The California wine community is taking extra precautions this year to keep visitors, residents, employees and their families safe and healthy during the pandemic. Read more...

Put Your Pup on Cruz Control 10/8/2020

Running on beach with dog
The change of seasons brings shorter days—and, perhaps, a sense of urgency to score a little “away” time following six months of pandemic travel restriction. What better place than Santa Cruz? Fresh air, pounding surf and dog-friendly activities abound. Read more...

The Air is Clearing 9/17/2020

Fire Trucks
For avid DogTrekkers, late summer and early fall have been difficult, to say the least. Coming on the heels of the ongoing pandemic, fires throughout the state have impacted many Californians with some of the worst air quality in the world! Read more...

Digging the Gold Country With Your Dog 8/20/2020

Digging the Gold Country of California

By now we all know the COVID-19 drill: Mask up, wash your hands, maintain at least 6 feet of social distance, etc. But with summer in full flush, DogTrekkers are getting restless. And so, after months of staying close to home, it’s time to hatch, of course with caution!  Gold Country welcomes responsible visitors, dogs included. Here’s a sampling of places to go and things to do during the time of COVID-19 in California’s Gold Country,  An Amazing American Road Trip! Read more...

Support Our Rescue Community, Virtually for Now 8/6/2020

DogTrekkers are a giving bunch as witnessed by their support for the adoption/rescue community through donations, volunteering and attendance at adoptathons and other special events during the year. Unfortunately, during the pandemic, many of these events have had to be canceled or postponed. The good news, and for now the new normal, is that many organizations have moved to staging virtual events. Here are some upcoming fundraisers DogTrekker recommends, virtually. Read more...

Mendocino County: Connect with Your Inner Dog 07/15/2020
Downward Dog

As Californians begin hatching from months of staying at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the itch to travel (safely) is growing stronger. Mendocino County is one destination that’s cautiously reopening to visitors. Their “Clean and Safe” commitment (download #SafeMendocino Visitor Guide)  is geared to responsible travelers—including those accompanied by four-legged friends—who long to connect with nature, scenery and fresh, clean air. Read more...

Four Dog-friendly Activities in Yosemite Mariposa County 10/9/2020

Yoisemite dog
We all know that Yosemite National Park is a great destination for you and your dog to visit, but an even better destination is Mariposa County, the home to Yosemite National Park. Read more...

Concord is Ready When You and Your Dog Are 7/1/2020

Ready to get paws outta Dodge?  You’ll find a multi-faceted, drive-distance gem in the East Bay in the community of Concord, which is slowly and safely reopening to visitors after months in various phases of lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Visit this Mount Diablo Region town for a day or come for a weekend; either way, you’ll find a variety of places and spaces to explore, with the safety of visitors and locals a top priority everywhere. Read more...

California Coastal Beaches Now Reopening 06/25/2020
Summer is here and as California begins to open up its coastal beaches, state and local officials urge all visitors to continue to practice social distancing to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 for you, your family and the dedicated park staff that is working hard to provide us with these important outdoor experiences. Read more...

Ready for Redding? You and Your Furry Friend Are Welcome Back 6/18/2020

Shasta Dog
After almost four months in lockdown, Californians are ready to roam—and Redding, nucleus of the eight-county Shasta Cascade Region, is ready to welcome DogTrekking visitors back. Wide-open spaces and clean air await, and dog-friendly businesses are open with new sets of procedures aimed at keeping customers safe. From scenic trails and gushing waterfalls to comfy lodging and gorgeous lakes, it's all waiting for you and yours to put paws to path! Read more...


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