Lake Tahoe for generations has been Northern California’s favorite dog-friendly travel spot. And why not?
The largest alpine lake in North America is a scenic gem straddling two states and offering endless recreational opportunities. Dogs and their people who love the great outdoors will find nothing else quite like it in terms of amenities, both natural and manmade. Whether you gravitate to four stars or consider it heavenly to sleep under the stars, you’re in business at Tahoe.
Caly & Amber at Lake Tahoe. Photo by Eve Dutton.
There are so many dog-friendly lodgings at Lake Tahoe that we can’t begin to inventory them all, but we can certainly point out a few favorites, as well as places to go and things to do with dogs in winter. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing come to mind first, of course, but if you’re not a practitioner, no worries: in the past few years, miles of plowed walking/dog-walking/biking trails have made their debut around the lake. more »
Fun at the Sno-Park
Free parking can be hard to find when you’re looking for a place to romp ‘n’ roll in the snow with your pup. And while California’s 19 Sno-Parks aren’t quite free, they’re a bargain at $5 for a daily permit or $25 for a season pass. The program, operated by California State Parks in conjunction with other agencies, provides access to plowed parking areas in the snow zone where you can pause to ski, snowshoe, sled or just have a snowball fight. more »
Wild Blue Dog Camp at Lake Tahoe
Go for a beach romp, a hike or a tram ride—or, go to camp with Wild Blue Dogs! Summer is high season at Northern California’s favorite vacation destination, and now, with the state’s pandemic restrictions easing up, you can lower the mask and breath deep of that invigorating mountain air. Here are some tried and true DogTrekker tips on how to enjoy Big Blue with your four-legged sidekick. more »
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historical Park
El Dorado County is reopening, but with caution. Its website sets out a California Responsible Travel Code that potential visitors are encouraged to read and abide by. At present, dine-in restaurants and wineries that don’t serve food are closed. But increased outdoor dining options from Placerville into South Lake Tahoe bring plenty of other choices for DogTrekkers who enjoy al fresco munching with their pups by their sides. more »
Hidden Falls Regional Park - @lillyshertigal
Placer County is large and diverse, stretching from just north of Sacramento County all the way to Tahoe’s north shore. In between are hundreds of square miles of national forest lands, including dog-friendly Auburn State Recreation Area, stretching 20 miles along two forks of the American River. Less well known but an excellent destination for hikers with dogs is Cronan Ranch Regional Trails Park, which is under jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management, which is not restrictive about dogs on trails. more »