Day 1: Woof this way

By: Roger Coryell
Dog enjoying a hike in Autumn
Autumn is the perfect time to visit Yosemite National Park.

The open road beckons and the journey begins. Mariposa County is located within easy driving distance for most Californians and is approximately 200 miles east of San Francisco and 300 miles north of Los Angeles. Roll those windows down and let your furry friend sniff the adventure ahead.

Everyone appreciates a nice stretch upon arrival. Check in to one of the pet friendly hotels near Yosemite, leash up and head out. Yosemite Mariposa County is a vast county with eight distinct regions, each with beautiful trails in developed areas as well as the mountain wilds where you can go on a dog friendly hike. And Yosemite Mariposa County’s historic towns are every bit as dog-friendly. Walk the charming main streets of Mariposa, Coulterville, Fish Camp, Midpines, El Portal, Catheys Valley and more, and you’re bound to see happy dogs and water bowls outside many public buildings and local establishments.

Hit a yappy hour to enjoy a libation or two and some high-value treats.  Many dog-friendly restaurants in Yosemite Mariposa County allow well-mannered dogs to join you at your table. In the town of Mariposa, 1850 Restaurant is one, with covered outdoor patio dining where dogs are always welcome. 1850 is equal parts craft brew haven and farm-to-table oasis. Sample over a dozen flagship and seasonal brews with names like Bridalveil, White Wolf and Trailblazer that pay homage to local landmarks and legends.

As you take your furry friend out for a breath of fresh mountain air just before bed, gaze up to the sparkling Sierra skies and say hey to Sirius, the Dog Star and unofficial celestial beacon of four-legged travelers. Get ready to dream about your next day in pet travel paradise.

Paw tip: Pack a collapsible dog bowl (or a Sierra Cup) for hydrating along the way.


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