Madera County

Madera County

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Madera County stretches from the agricultural plains of the Central Valley to the heart of the High Sierra and Yosemite National Park. Highway 41 is its main artery, climbing gradually from Fresno through Oakhurst and Fish Camp to the park’s Wawona entrance.

Just 12 miles from the park, Bass Lake recreation area is popular vacation destination offering dog-friendly activities and places to stay. This area is also at the heart of the Madera Wine Trail, whose 12 member wineries are almost all dog-friendly. The Dog-friendly Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad in Fish Camp is fun for all ages. The Redwoods In Yosemite is the perfect choice for a family vacation, reunion, wedding, or business retreat.

Once inside the park, follow Highway 41 past the Wawona Hotel and dog-friendly Wawona campground to some of Yosemite’s most iconic spots, including the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, Tunnel View, Glacier Point and other points of entrance accessed through this southern gateway. 

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Headed for Yosemite? You lucky dog!

Image courtesy of Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
Image courtesy of Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

In Yosemite, you’ll embark on a getaway you and your little buddy will never forget. Together, you can explore the wonders of the Sierra region at a full-service resort that offers 75 acres of outdoor recreation and accommodations. From Four Diamond lodge rooms to two-bedroom Explorer Cabins, this is a dream resort destination in one of the prettiest wilderness settings anywhere. more »

Bass Lake: A Pet-Friendly, Yosemite-Area Lure

Maya, Director of Barketing, at Idle Hour Winery in Bass Lake
Maya, Director of Barketing, at Idle Hour Winery in Bass Lake

Not far from Yosemite National Park via Highway 41, Bass Lake, tucked within the Sierra National Forest east of Oakhurst, Madera County’s major resort area and has been for more than a century. Five miles long and with much warmer water than lakes at higher altitude, Bass Lake has many dog-friendly vacation rentals as well as three canine-welcoming, lakeside resorts. more »

Journey to Wawona (Madera County, South Entrance)

Hiking Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite <br/> Photo Credit: @ginnyfication
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 »

Yosemite Is Positively Pawsome for Dogs

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 »

Dogs in the Park

Marlowe & Boomie exploring Yosemite National Park.<br/> Photo Credit: @thenuggetbros
Marlowe & Boomie exploring Yosemite National Park.
Photo Credit: @thenuggetbros

Before you bring your dog to Yosemite National Park, read up on the rules so you won't be disappointed. While access to trails is restricted (see where you can hike below), there's still lots of scenery that can be enjoyed with your dog, especially in the spring when the waterfalls are running at maximum flow. more »

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Emergency Services

Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital
40799 Highway 41
Oakhurst, California 93644
Phone: (559) 683-2135

Madera County Animal Services - Lost Dogs
14269 Road 28
Madera, California 93638
Phone: (559) 675-7891

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