Dog-friendly Yosemite Region

Yosemite Region

"Is Yosemite dog-friendly?" That's one of the questions most commonly asked by DogTrekker readers. The answer depends on how "Yosemite" is defined. The famous national park comes immediately to mind, but the rugged Sierra Nevada landscapes that define it don't suddenly end at its borders.

The Yosemite Region, encompassing the three counties (Mariposa, Tuolumne and Madera) that converge in the park, harbors many other places to see and things to do—and it's definitely dog-friendly!

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From Wine to Bristlecone Pines

Penny and Kona, Mono Lake, CA. Photo Credit: @pianogin
Penny and Kona, Mono Lake, CA. Photo Credit: @pianogin

There are many ways to get to the High Sierra, all of them scenic, some a little more leisurely and winding than others. If time permits and you like lots of diversion on a road trip, follow the Golden Chain Highway (aka Highway 49) south through Amador, Calaveras, Tuolumne and Mariposa counties before cutting east through Yosemite National Park and taking Highway 20 (the Tioga Road) up and over 9,943-foot Tioga Pass. more »

Roam Among Giants

SeaBass loves the Sequoias! Photo Credit: Megan Reehill Watson
SeaBass loves the Sequoias! Photo Credit: Megan Reehill Watson

We’re all familiar with giant sequoias, those massive, awe-inspiring sentinels of the forest found only on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada. The most famous groves (Mariposa and Grant) are in Yosemite and Sequoia national parks, respectively—and unfortunately, dogs are not welcome on the trails leading through them. But hark! We’ve sniffed out some alternative stands of High Sierra sequoias where DogTrekkers can wander and wonder at will with a four-legged friend at their side. more »

Tuolumne County (North/Big Oak Flat) Entrance

Big Oak Flat. Photo Credit: jb10okie (CC)
Big Oak Flat. Photo Credit: jb10okie (CC)

There is plenty to see as you and your four-legged companion wander through rugged Tuolumne County toward the Big Oak Flat entrance to Yosemite National Parkmore »

Mariposa County (West/Arch Rock) Entrance

Arch Rock entrance - Dave Eyenin (CC)
Arch Rock entrance - Dave Eyenin (CC)

While visiting Yosemite National Park might be the goal, a trip through the region is also about the journey. It would be a shame to arrive at the park’s Highway 140 (El Portal) entrance without having paused to explore Mariposa County along the way. Start in the town of Mariposa, the historic county seat, with breakfast at Jantz Bakery or lunch at the delightful Deli Garden Cafémore »

Dogs at Yosemite National Park

Simba in Yosemite. Photo Credit: James Oh
Simba in Yosemite. Photo Credit: James Oh

Yes, you can and should have your dog tag along on your next visit to Yosemite National Park, even though park rules restrict canine companions almost exclusively to campgrounds and paved roads and trails. There’s enough to see (and sniff) for both of you to stay engaged for least a couple of days—and this winter’s heavy precipitation brings the added advantage of budding greenery and gushing waterfalls. more »

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Emergency Services

Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital
40799 Highway 41
Oakhurst, California 93644
Phone: (559) 683-2135

Animal Medical Center
3765 E. Yosemite Ave.
Merced, California 95340
Phone: (209) 381-0911

Sierra Veterinary Care
708 Mono Way
Sonora, California 95370
Phone: (209) 532-7387

Humane Societies/Shelters

SPCA of Mariposa County
5599 State Highway 49 North
Mariposa, California
Phone: (209) 966-5275

Humane Society of Tuolumne County
10040 Victoria Way
Jamestown, California 95327
Phone: (209) 984-5489

Friends of Madera Animal Shelter
P.O. Box 923
Madera, California 93639
Phone: (559) 363-5106


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