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Yosemite National Park is one of California’s marquis attractions, but what no one tells first-time visitors is that the journey there can be just as rewarding as the destination. The Yosemite Region encompasses four gateway counties, each with its own unique set of attractions. This week we look at three of them (the East Entrance won’t open until snow on Tioga Road/Highway 120 is cleared in late May or early June).
Kylo's Yosemite Adventure - Photo Credit: @kyloandkonacastro
Is Yosemite dog-friendly? Every DogTrekker headed in this direction wants to know. And the answer is…“Yes!”…with caveats. More than 4 million people visit Yosemite each year, and while no one counts the dogs, we know from experience that many visitors share the trip with four-legged companions. Here are the basics of what you need to know (but be sure to read up on the rules before you go): more »
Named Sunset Magazine's Best Pet-Friendly Resort in 2015 and Best Resort for Families in 2016, Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
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Meet Princess Bella, a smiling, wagging, snuggling hunk of doggie love. At 5 years old, this Staffie-mix girl is happy and talkative, and wants to be part of whatever you're up to. She's gotten along fine with other dogs in her previous home; she's a little too interested in cats, so she'll probably do best in a feline-free zone. Being large, she seeks a home where the humans are big enough not to be overwhelmed by her enthusiasm. Bonus if you're a senior: Being 5 years old, Princess Bella has her adoption fees waived for adopters 65 and up! Learn more about her here.
Princess Bella is just one of the many dogs (and other species) who have found a safe haven at the Sacramento SPCA when things weren't going so well in their earlier lives. more »
Koda Exploring Tuolumne County
Photo Credit: @dorriya
The rugged country leading up to Yosemite’s Big Oak Flat (North) entrance boasts a pioneer history as rough-hewn as the landscape itself. Tuolumne County towns along the Highway 120/49 corridors—Oakdale, Columbia, Jamestown, Twain Hart, Groveland—still have a boomtown feel, and with it, a relaxed attitude toward dogs.
Columbia, “the Gold Rush town that refused to die,” is engagingly preserved as a state historic park, its 1850s ambience captured in an array of historic buildings. more »
Hiking Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
Photo Credit: @ginnyfication
If you’re coming from Southern California, the Highway 41 corridor from Fresno up to Yosemite’s (South) Entrance, past Fish Camp, is probably the way you’ll go. The road begins its serious climb in Oakhurst, where Queen’s Inn by the River boasts an adjacent winery and beer garden serving up almost 100 wines and craft beers on Wednesday through Sunday afternoons. Also in Oakhurst are Vulture’s View Inn, a B&B popular with DogTrekkers, and the dreamy (and dog-friendly) Chateau Du Sureau, a five-star, castle-like estate hotel. more »
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Open the windows and let your pup take in the smells as you drive Highway 140 from Merced to Yosemite’s El Portal/Arch Rock entrance. This route offers plenty of dog-friendly fun along its windy way, passing through the towns of Mariposa, Midpines and El Portal. If you are coming south on Highway 49, be sure to check out Coulterville, a monument to another time. We recommend staying in one of these historic towns before heading into the park. more »