Mike's adventure in Red Hills - Tuolumne County Photo: @mackenzierodgers
, in the heart of Gold Country, is open and courting visitors (DogTrekkers included!) this summer. Its “Wander Freely
” campaign encourages responsible travel and offers lots of tips on staying healthy while enjoying the region’s spectacular scenery. For many visitors of course, the destination goal is Yosemite National Park
, which is opening in phases this summer.
No, you can’t just show up and drive in to Yosemite, as in the past. You’ll need a reservation for ticketed entry, even to drive through the park on the Tioga Road (Highway 120). So here’s the deal: Day-use reservations, good for seven consecutive days with unlimited coming and going, are available only online at recreation.gov
, You’ll have to arrive on the day reserved and pay the $35 per-vehicle entry fee (annual and lifetime pass-holders are exempt except for a $2 reservation fee). Pay careful attention to the booking windows so you don’t miss your chance!
Yosemite lodging establishments don’t allow dogs, but with a reservation, you can camp at Upper Pines (or Wawona Horse Camp, if you have a horse). While dogs are welcome on paved roads and (open) campgrounds, be sure to check ahead for hiking restrictions; earlier this summer, the popular paved trail to Lower Yosemite Fall was closed.
DogTrekker offers many pet-friendly options outside the park in Tuolumne County
Insider tip: Reservations are not required to visit the Hetch-Hetchy
portion of Yosemite National Park. If you’ve never been there, it’s time to check it out!