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
) that converge in the park, harbors many other places to see and things to do—and it's definitely dog-friendly!
After spending a long day exploring the awe-inspiring Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, you’ll be ready to relax at the Ascent Spa at Tenaya Lodge. From soothing facial and body therapies to deep-tissue massage and relaxation time in the sauna, Ascent Spa has a full menu of calming services. Ready for dinner? Jackalope’s Bar and Grill features made-to-order burgers, sandwiches, gluten-free dishes and vegan bites, plus local wines and beers. more »
You’ll fetch a trip you’ll both enjoy at Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite. If you're planning to visit Yosemite National Park, including Badger Pass and other areas in the park that have restrictions on dogs, you have the option of reserving a limited spot at Tenaya Lodge’s indoor dog kennel. more »
Not surprisingly, a place as big as Yosemite is home to plenty of outdoor and indoor activities for children of all ages. Of course, there’s the seemingly-endless natural beauty waiting in Yosemite Valley. As just one example, Glacier Point offers outstanding stargazing. more »
Maya resting in an Explorer Cabin after a hike on the Tenaya Loop Trail. Photo by Dave Kendrick.
Feeling a little spring fever? Now is the perfect time to plan a getaway with your furry friend. The Explorer Cabins at Tenaya Lodge are designed for pet-lovers, making dog travel a breeze. These modern, two-bedroom cabins are tucked on 27 wooded acres—perfect for adventuring with two- and four-legged family members—and they’re just minutes from the main lodge and more resort amenities.
To fetch the best deals on dog-friendly travel, book the Fido-Friendly Pet Package at Tenaya Lodge. more »
Dog at Lower Falls. Photo by Yosemite Mariposa County Tourism Bureau.
Late winter and early spring are great times to visit Yosemite National Park, but be sure to read up on the rules regarding pets before you go. Hotels inside park boundaries don’t allow pets, but pet-friendly places to curl up (click on lodging type and use the pet-friendly filter) are abundant elsewhere in Mariposa County. In Yosemite Valley, the premier winter/spring waterfall hike leads to Lower Yosemite Fall, the most accessible of three stair-stepped cascades that comprise America’s tallest cataract at 2,425 feet in total height. more »