Dog-friendly Mendocino County

Mendocino County

Dog-friendly Mendocino County is one of the most canine welcoming destinations on Earth, a place you where you and your dog can rest at cozy B&Bs, luxury resorts and everything in between. Explore this wilderness wonderland with wine tasting, beach access and hundreds of miles of trails to trek. In Mendocino County there is so much more to experience with your dog. DogTrekker.com® is here to show you some of our favorites.

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Dog-Friendly Brags in Fort Bragg

MacKerricher State Park - Photo Credit: @mylittlemonchichi
MacKerricher State Park - Photo Credit: @mylittlemonchichi

The largest community on the Mendo coast has much to recommend, including the Beachcomber group of properties offering variety and value close to the sea. The Beachcomber Motel itself is a luxury motel that offers panoramic views, fire pits and “pet suites” (rooms that open onto a deck with dog house and pet shower) with direct access to the property’s leash-free dog park. more »

Mend Your Mind in Mendocino Village

Mendocino Headlands State Park - Photo Credit: @meganevaughan
Mendocino Headlands State Park - Photo Credit: @meganevaughan

A mere five minutes from Little River, much-photographed Mendocino Village, with its wealth of lacy Victorians and colorful saltbox cottages, is loaded with places to enjoy with your four-legged friend. Our top pick is Stanford Inn by the Sea, just south of the village across Big River. Once you’ve explored the compact downtown, get your tails over to Mendocino Headlands State Park, which surrounds the town on three sides. more »

Little River, Big Tail-Waggin’ Attractions

Glass Beach - Photo Credit: @take.your.dog.along
Glass Beach - Photo Credit: @take.your.dog.along

Drive north from Point Arena 31 winding miles and you come to a little town that packs a big dog-friendly punch. Book a room at the Heritage House Resort (you’ll recognize it from the 1978 movie “Same Time, Next Year”), and you won’t want to budge from the decks and verandas overlooking the sea. Another great choice is Little River Inn Resort & Spa, a family-owned, Victorian-era confection that has greeted guests for five generations. more »

See the Light (Or Spend A Dog-Friendly Night) at Point Arena

 Photo Credit: @retired_goldenretriever
Photo Credit: @retired_goldenretriever

Just 15 miles north of Gualala, don’t miss the 115-foot-high Point Arena Lighthouse, perched on a narrow peninsula and dating to 1879 and rebuilt after tumbling in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. For a unique overnight experience, book accommodations in one of four lighthouse-keeper cottages converted into dog-friendly vacation rentals (be sure to reserve far in advance). more »

Start at the Dog-Friendly Border Town of Gualala

Gualala River Redwoods Park - Photo Credit: @nickandkonaandkira
Gualala River Redwoods Park - Photo Credit: @nickandkonaandkira

Gualala is a border town, but not in the usual sense of the word. Just over the Sonoma County line in Mendocino County, it’s a boho kind of place with a selection of dog-friendly lodgings and restaurants as well as quick access to shore-side refuges where you can go beachcombing with your pup. more »

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Emergency Services

Detrick Veterinary Hospital
486 S. Franklin St.
Fort Bragg, California 95437
Phone: (707) 964-0265

Mendocino Village Veterinary
10490 Howard St.
Mendocino, California 95460
Phone: (707) 937-0300

Mendocino Coast Animal Hospital
700 North Franklin St.
Fort Bragg, California 95437
Phone: (707) 964-3448


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