Welcome to Tuolumne County
- Yosemite Gold Country. The proximity to Yosemite National Park
makes us your perfect vacation destination, with plenty to offer DogTrekkers, including hiking, fishing, river rafting, camping, gold panning and sightseeing.
Tuolumne County invites you back to Wander Freely through its rich, lively and thriving historic towns such as Jamestown
that bring the Old West back to life. Walk wooden sidewalks and ride the rails behind the famous Sierra No. 3™
, the locomotive that starred in hundreds of western movies and TV shows.
Whether you're a couple with Fido on a romantic Gold Country weekend, or you've loaded up the family in the RV and hit the open road, the Mother Lode area of the Sierra Foothills is your perfect place to shop, dine, explore and get back to nature.
Visit Tuolumne County
Dog at Lower Falls. Photo by Yosemite Mariposa County Tourism Bureau.
Late winter and early spring are great times to visit Yosemite National Park, but be sure to read up on the rules regarding pets before you go. Hotels inside park boundaries don’t allow pets, but pet-friendly places to curl up (click on lodging type and use the pet-friendly filter) are abundant elsewhere in Mariposa County. In Yosemite Valley, the premier winter/spring waterfall hike leads to Lower Yosemite Fall, the most accessible of three stair-stepped cascades that comprise America’s tallest cataract at 2,425 feet in total height. more »
Mike's adventure in Red Hills - Tuolumne County Photo: @mackenzierodgers
Tuolumne County, in the heart of Gold Country, is open and courting visitors (DogTrekkers included!) this summer. Its “Wander Freely” campaign encourages responsible travel and offers lots of tips on staying healthy while enjoying the region’s spectacular scenery. For many visitors of course, the destination goal is Yosemite National Park, which is opening in phases this summer. more »
Gianelli Vineyards - Photo Credit: miles_chorkie_sisters
We can’t begin to count the ways you and your pup will be enchanted and entertained in the heart of Gold Country, but we can start you off on the Tuolumne County Wine and Craft Beer Trail, where we highlight five dog-friendly establishments, one of which is actually a lush, 160-acre preserve producing hard- and spirits. more »
Photo Credit: Petra Jagodic (CC)
The Ferguson fire in Yosemite National Park that shut off the scenic Yosemite Valley for three weeks was fully contained on Aug. 19, and all entry roads through Tuolumne County (Highway 120), Mariposa County (Highway 140) and Madera County (Highway 41) are now open. Early fall is a great time to visit this iconic California attraction—and yes, there’s plenty for you and your dog to do together. #yosemitenow more »
Where's my breakfast? - Photo Credit: @olivertheguarddog
Sure, you can be traditional and stay at a dog-friendly hotel or motel during your Tuolumne County getaway, but the choices don’t stop there. Bed-and-breakfast inns, Airbnbs and traditional vacation rentals offer options with a more personal touch. Here are some DogTrekker favorites. more »