Dog-friendly road trip: Highway 140 to Yosemite National Park

By: DogTrekker Staff
white poodle in Yosemite with Half Dome in background

Spring is the perfect time to visit Yosemite National Park with your pup, as temperatures are on the rise, waterfalls are gushing and wildflowers are starting to bloom. You’ll find dog-friendly lodging, dining, hikes and historic sites in small towns including Mariposa, Coulterville, Fish Camp, Midpines/El Portal and Catheys Valley.

You’ll find fun places to stay with your pup, too. Tenaya Lodge & Cabins in Fish Camp, just two miles from the park entrance, is a luxury resort with a lodge and more than 50 dog-friendly cabins. Go online to check out the property’s Fido Friendly Package.

Another novel choice is AutoCamp Yosemite in Midpines, showcasing customized Airstream trailers and modern cabins, all with private patios, fire pits and grills. DogTrekkers need advance approval, so call ahead to reserve a pet-friendly unit.

The Redwoods in Yosemite, in the park’s Wawona area, is a compound of more than three dozen pet-friendly vacation homes with several hiking trails nearby.

On the more moderate end of the spectrum, you’ll find quite a few dog-friendly places to spend the night in Mariposa, the historic county seat. Among them: Best Western Yosemite Way Station, Mariposa Lodge, Miner’s Inn and Restful Nest.