Northern California’s eight-county Shasta Cascade region is lean on population but incredibly rich in recreational opportunity.
Seven national forests, three mountain ranges, a national park, a national monument, two national wilderness areas, 15 state parks, countless lakes, the city of Redding and some of the West’s most acclaimed fishing streams put the region high on the list of possibilities for outdoor-oriented vacationing with your dog.
Dog-friendly hotels and resorts dot a region that encompasses Plumas, Lassen, Modoc, Tehama, Siskiyou, Trinity, Shasta and Butte counties.
Exploring Shasta State Historic Park. Photo by Choose Redding.
Much of what makes California great—rugged mountains, serene lakes, top-shelf food and wine, culture, and community charm—anchors the Redding and UpState CA experience. This wide-open wonderland is dotted with all kinds of activities. Hike storied Shasta Cascade trails. Marvel at magnificent waterfalls. Get travel tips from the locals over happy hour drinks. Then, overnight in Redding and enjoy new northern California adventures tomorrow. more »
Maya checks into the Sheraton Redding Hotel. Photo by Dave Kendrick.
In a region with so many dog-friendly adventures, it’s only natural that lodging properties would roll out the red carpet for pups. In Redding, hotels, motels, B&Bs and RV parks offer thoughtful amenities ranging from water bowls to dog beds to menus for four-legged travelers. Best of all, these comfortable accommodations are just minutes from the trails, lakes, museums and restaurants that make this place so special. more »
Maya walking on the Sacramento River Trail. Photo by Roxanne Kendrick.
DogTrekkers know Redding as “California’s Trail Capital,” thanks to 225 miles of trails found within 15 miles of town. Most of those miles welcome furry best friends, and many are within minutes of Redding’s lodging properties. From the Sacramento River Trail, which samples the region’s diverse urban and rural landscapes, to flat paths winding through oak woodlands at Clover Creek Preserve, your biggest challenge will be choosing where to explore first. more »
Doggie menu at Mosaic. Photo by Sheraton Redding Hotel at the Sundial Bridge.
If you’re new to Redding and the eight-county UpState CA region, start at the Shasta Cascade Welcome Center that’s just down the road in Anderson. Open daily and packed with free maps, brochures, exhibits, geocaching guidance, gifts and even a waterfall pond with wild trout, it's your gateway to the area’s experiences. The DogTrekker team has also outlined a few of our favorite dog-friendly outings for first-time Redding visitors. more »
Maya resting below Whiskeytown Falls. Photo by Dave Kendrick.
Want to make tracks somewhere new with your pup? Upstate California holds many tail-wagging surprises. The city of Redding is the gateway to this big, diverse and largely dog-friendly region. A river runs through it —the Sacramento River, to be exact— and the Sacramento River National Recreation Trail is the place to start exploring. more »