Dog-friendly Yosemite Region

Yosemite Region

Is Yosemite dog-friendly?" That's one of the questions most commonly asked by DogTrekker readers. The answer depends on how "Yosemite" is defined. The famous national park comes immediately to mind, but the rugged Sierra Nevada landscapes that define it don't suddenly end at its borders.

The Yosemite Region, encompassing the three counties (Mariposa, Tuolumne and Madera) that converge in the park, harbors many other places to see and things to do—and it's definitely dog-friendly!

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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 »

Tour Gold Rush Towns

Cordelia checks out Tunnel View, Photo by @cordelias_adventures
Cordelia checks out Tunnel View, Photo by @cordelias_adventures

Mariposa County's towns all make great walks for you and Fido. In Mariposa, the shop-lined streets, Art Park and Mariposa Creek Walk make for a nice way to explore the quaint mountain community and several restaurants boast outdoor seating areas that are pet-friendly. In the historic town of Coulterville, take your pup on a walk through time in a place that just might fool you into thinking it's a western film set. Check out other Mariposa County towns. 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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Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital
40799 Highway 41
Oakhurst, California 93644
Phone: (559) 683-2135

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3765 E. Yosemite Ave.
Merced, California 95340
Phone: (209) 381-0911

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Sonora, California 95370
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