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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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 »
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 »
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 »
Bruce aboard the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad.
Photo Credit: @hi_mynameisbruce
The town Oakhurst in Madera County is the main gateway to Yosemite’s south (Wawona) entrance on the Highway 41 corridor winding through the Sierra Nevada foothills from Fresno. A great stop in Oakhurst is Queen’s Inn by the River, a dog-friendly establishment boasting an adjacent winery, the Idle Hour, and a beer garden where, Wednesdays through Sundays, almost 100 wines and craft beers are available for tasting. Also in Oakhurst are Vulture’s View Inn, a B&B popular with DogTrekkers; and the dreamy (and dog-friendly) Chateau Du Sureau, a castle-like destination inn boasting five stars from Forbes and five diamonds from the American Automobile Association. Just over the county line and only two miles from the park’s southern entrance is Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, a luxury, dog-welcoming establishment in Fish Camp. more »
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 »