History, hiking and holidays at Yosemite View Lodge

By: Jessica Bay
couple walking dogs in front of Half Dome view in Yosemite

Yosemite Mariposa County buzzes with dog-friendly adventures and sightseeing opportunities. The area is known for cultural treasures, too. Local museums and monuments honor both Yosemite National Park history and the Merced River Canyon’s Gold Rush heritage. Watch for period architecture and exhibits in small towns like El Portal, home of Yosemite View Lodge, and across the region. Winter is a tranquil time to explore.

The Yosemite Museum in Yosemite Valley is the national park system’s first building constructed as a museum. The 1925 exterior demonstrates how park officials crafted structures using natural materials like logs, rocks and wood shake shingles. Closer to Yosemite View Lodge, look for the historical plaque marking the site of James Savage’s 1849 trading post. Head to Briceburg to spot artifacts from the old Yosemite Railroad.

While sightseeing, you’ll often notice dog bowls outside public buildings and businesses in El Portal and beyond. Swing through town before accessing pup-friendly hiking trails. Or, continue to the Bridalveil Fall viewpoint that’s about seven miles past the park’s Arch Rock entrance. More interested in relaxing than hiking? Book a holiday stay at Yosemite View Lodge. Gathering beloved humans and hounds by the fire for a gratitude session might be the most rewarding way to celebrate the season.