Tour Gold Rush Towns

Mariposa County's towns all make great walks for you and Fido. In Mariposa, the shop-lined streets, Art Park and Mariposa Creek Walk make for a nice way to explore the quaint mountain community and several restaurants boast outdoor seating areas that are pet-friendly. In the historic town of Coulterville, take your pup on a walk through time in a place that just might fool you into thinking it's a western film set. Check out other Mariposa County towns. Read more.

Spring into Yosemite

Spring is on the way and Yosemite and Mariposa County are ready for you. Spring is the perfect time to visit with your pups as temperatures are on the rise, the snowpack melts, waterfalls rush and wildflowers start to bloom. Yosemite is the most dog-friendly of all National Parks, providing those in easy driving distance with a place to feel elated, inspired and energized. Read more.

Arch in from the West (Mariposa County, West Entrance)

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. Read more.

Mariposa County: West Entrance (Hwy 140)

The Highway 140 corridor through Mariposa County leads to the Arch Rock entrance to Yosemite National Park, offering plenty of dog-friendly lodging choices and recreational opportunities along its winding way. Read more.

Mariposa County (West/Arch Rock) Entrance

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 Café. Read more.

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