Mariposa County

Mariposa County

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Mariposa County
, known affectionately as the “Mother of Counties,” was one of California’s original counties created at the time of statehood in 1850. It initially encompassed one-fifth of the state, but over time pieces of its territory were ceded to 12 other counties.

Today, Mariposa County’s eastern extremes comprise the central portion of Yosemite National Park, with Highway 140, a main artery, leading to the preserve’s El Portal entrance.

Dog-friendly lodging, chow, hikes, water, activities and local services abound in the towns along Highways 140 and 49 and throughout the rest of the county.

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Photo courtesy: Yosemite/Mariposa County Tourism Bureau
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Dog, You’ve Earned a Yosemite Vacation!

Aspen visiting Glacier Point at Yosemite. Photo: Lauren Burtz
Aspen visiting Glacier Point at Yosemite. Photo: Lauren Burtz

Autumn is in full swing in Mariposa County, home of Yosemite National Park. The great news for DogTrekkers is that the park is open and the vehicle reservations required during the pandemic are no longer needed as of Nov. 1.

Crispy fall weather, light crowds and enhanced cleaning and safety standards are in effect throughout the county, making this a great time to take the family (including the four-legged members) on vacation. Check out our top lodging options and the specials they are now offering. more »

You, Your Dog and Yosemite: Pet-friendly Tenaya Lodge

Tenaya Lodge at Dawn
Tenaya Lodge at Dawn

You love your dog. That’s a sure thing. But anyone who has traveled with their canine companion knows that some accommodations are more dog-friendly than others.

If you enjoy adventuring with your dog and have always wanted to experience Yosemite National Park, then Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite is for you. more »

Stay and Play at Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

Tyler meets Maya at Tenaya Lodge
Tyler meets Maya at Tenaya Lodge

Winner of the 2015 Sunset Travel Awards for Best Resort for Pets, Tenaya Lodge knows how to take care of your dog! Their Fido Friendly Pet Package includes lodging and the one-time $100 pet fee for up to two dogs. more »

Take A Swim

Taking in the views of Yosemite
Taking in the views of Yosemite's high country. Photo: Molly Horner

What better way to beat the California summer heat than with a swim? There are great swimming holes all over Mariposa County, but maybe none that are better for dogs than Lake McClure and Lake McSwain in the southern Sierra foothills of Mariposa County. While your faithful companion splashes around, you can spend time fishing or swimming yourself. more »

Hit The Trails Near Yosemite

Early Morning on Ahwahnee Meadow. Photo: Teri Marshall
Early Morning on Ahwahnee Meadow. Photo: Teri Marshall

What better way to enjoy the mountains for bipeds and quadrupeds alike than by being out on a hike? In Mariposa County's scenic Merced River Canyon, several dog friendly recreation areas exist including the Merced River Hike at the Briceburg Recreation Area. more »

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Mariposa County Animal Control - Lost Dogs
5012 Fairgrounds Rd.
Mariposa, California 95338
Phone: (209) 966-3615


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