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!
Cordelia visiting Yosemite National Park, photo by: Charlie Kelly
Heads up: you will once again need reservations to visit Yosemite National Park this summer, whether its for day-tripping, camping or lodging. But no big deal, just keep checking on protocols and procedures so you don’t travel all that way just to be locked out. At any rate, you don’t even need to enter the park to get a eyeful of scenery in Mariposa County, which is bisected by highway 140 leading to the park’s El Portal entrance. more »
Yosemite National Park is a small (but mighty) part of Mariposa County. The rest of the Yosemite Mariposa realm is all-in with doggo-loving culture. From historic Gold Country towns to the surrounding national forest lands, furry comrades are abundantly welcomed. Dog-friendly lodging, hikes, water activities and more will fill your days with vacation rewards.
Revved-up dogs can go APD (all-paw-drive) in the Sierra National Forest, featuring five designated wilderness areas within its expansive boundary. more »
You’ll find dog-lovers and dog-friendly Yosemite lodging options throughout the region. To review them all, visit the lodging page on Yosemite.com, choose the general type of accommodation you prefer – hotels and motels, bed and breakfasts, cabin rentals or camping. Then use the Advanced Filter to show pet-friendly options inside and outside of the park. You can also use the feature to choose what area you would like to stay, from Yosemite Valley to Wawona and Fish Camp to Mariposa. more »
“Is Yosemite dog-friendly?” That’s one of the questions most asked by DogTrekker readers. The answer depends on how “Yosemite” is defined. We at DogTrekker define it not only as inside the park, but dog-passionate Mariposa County, affectionately known as the "Mother of Counties" because it initially encompassed one-fifth of the state of California, Including Yosemite National Park.
Inside the park, leashed dogs are allowed on most fully paved roads, sidewalks and bicycle paths, unless there is a sign that specifically forbids them. more »
Taya overlooking Half Dome, courtesy Cynthia Carillo
Spring is on the way and Yosemite and Mariposa County are ready for you. The National Park Service is working to increase access to the park on a phased approach. Reservations are not currently required to drive into Yosemite and some services and facilities are limited.
Spring is the perfect time to visit with your pups as temperatures are on the rise, the snowpack melts, waterfalls rush and wildflowers start to bloom. Yosemite is the most dog-friendly of all National Parks, providing those in easy driving distance with a place to feel elated, inspired and energized. Check out the park with a virtual tour. more »