California's dog-friendly Gold Country hugs the western slope of the Sierra Nevada. The interactive map below features the seven counties and two cities that have received the DogTrekker.com Paw of Approval.
Roll over the destination you want to experience and use the navigation on the left side of the page to find dog-passionate lodging, restaurants, hikes, splash zones, attractions, local services and emergency care.
It’s a little off the beaten track, but Highway 4, which climbs into the Sierra through Calaveras and Alpine counties, is a magical place to visit in wintertime. The surrounding national forests offer plenty of places to break your own trail in the snow or take advantage of groomed forest roads. more »
Dusty at Echo Lake SNO-PARK. Photo Credit: @dusty_bottoms_dog
Wondering where to go to the snow with Rover? Start with a look at the DogTrekker SNO-PARKS page and map identifying just-off-the-highway sites maintained and administered by California State Parks, Caltrans, the U.S Forest Service, California Highway Patrol and various community organizations. Eighteen SNO-PARKs are located in the Sierra Nevada, each offering plowed parking and trails where you can ski, snowshoe or hike with your dog.
Road Trip! Photo Credit: Kip Leland
The farther you roam from metropolitan areas, the more relaxed the rules. Fall is a great time for a scenic-drive vacation, and it would be hard to find more options than in the Shasta Cascade region, which boasts 12 designated scenic byways, each with its own intrinsic qualities. The 500-mile Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway, which winds through the least populated part of California, is one of just 21 routes nationwide designated an “All-American Road” by the U.S. Department of Transportation. more »
Luxury camping cabin - Scott Wallace (CC)
Maybe you like the idea of camping but don’t own (or care to own) the requisite equipment. Enter “glamping,” a hybrid word referring to rustic-chic, outdoor-oriented lodging that doesn’t involve pitching your own tent. A new player on the scene, Inn Town Campground, just outside the Gold Country town of Nevada City, does it right with a colony of safari-style tents outfitted with electricity, comfy beds, fresh linens, artsy accessories and outdoor seating. more »
Tahoe beach dog. Photo Credit: Reno Tahoe (CC)
After Labor Day, tourist crowds vanish from Lake Tahoe and locals take a breather. DogTrekking visitors can take a deep breath, too, with easy-to-get reservations at pet-friendly properties including North Shore fave Holiday House, an affordable find offering six pet-friendly lakefront suites with kitchens in Tahoe Vista. more »