Yosemite Mariposa road trip

Didn’t think you could take your dog to Yosemite? Think again! With its breathtaking landscapes and diverse wildlife, Yosemite National Park might seem like a place only for the wild at heart. However, it’s also a destination that welcomes our four-legged friends.

With careful planning and adherence to park regulations, you and your furry companion can enjoy the natural splendor of Yosemite together. From pet-friendly accommodations and dining options to various outdoor activities and unique programs like the B.A.R.K. Ranger initiative, there’s plenty for both you and your pet to explore and enjoy.

We begin our journey on Highway 41 in Fish Camp, just a few miles from the southern entrance to Yosemite National Park. 

a group of dogs lying on the sand near a pond.
Photo by The Lodge at Tenaya.
  • Arrival and Accommodation: As you approach Yosemite National Park, your first stop will be the Lodge at Tenaya. This pet-friendly accommodation is just two miles from Yosemite National Park’s South Gate. The Lodge at Tenaya is a haven where you and your furry friend can unwind after a day of exploration. The resort property blends rustic charm and modern amenities, featuring a stunning lodge with multiple swimming pools and a full-service spa. For those seeking a more private and serene experience, the resort also boasts a collection of private Explorer Cabins, where you can enjoy the tranquility of the surrounding nature. Each cabin has modern amenities, including a private deck, a living room, a kitchenette, and a private bathroom.
a restaurant with tables and chairs and a fire place.
Jackalopes. Photo by Yosemite.com.
  • Dining at Tenaya: Dining at Tenaya caters to all tastes. The resort offers a variety of dining options, each with its unique ambiance and menu. At Jackalope’s Bar & Grill, you can enjoy made-to-order grilled burgers and sandwiches in a relaxed setting. If you’re in the mood for Italian, Timberloft Pizzeria offers artisanal pizzas. Gold Rush B.B.Q. serves up barbecue classics for those who prefer a more traditional American fare. Tenaya at Yosemite offers a complete room service menu if you dine in the comfort of your room.
a store with a sign on the roof.
Fish Camp General Store. Photo by Yosemite.com.
  • Exploring Fish Camp and Mariposa County: Fish Camp, a quaint hamlet located just outside Yosemite, is a hub of recreational activities. Start your day with a visit to the Fish Camp General Store, a historical outpost well-stocked with groceries, souvenirs, and local products. For a unique experience, take a ride on the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad. This historic steam engine locomotive offers a glimpse into the past.
a sign in the snow.
Goat Meadow. Photo by Visit Yosemite Madera County.
  • Outdoor Activities and Pet-Friendly Trails: Depending on the season, Yosemite and its surroundings offer a plethora of outdoor activities to enjoy. During winter, the Goat Meadow Snow Play Area near Fish Camp transforms into a winter wonderland, offering a classic snow play and sledding hill. When the snow melts and the flowers bloom, the area provides a range of hiking trails. In addition to the developed sites, paved roads, sidewalks, bicycle paths, and campgrounds, there are a few other places in Yosemite National Park where pets are allowed. Wawona allows pets on the Wawona Meadow Loop, Chowchilla Mountain Road, and Four Mile and Eleven Mile fire roads. In Hodgdon Meadow, pets are permitted on Carlon Road and Old Big Oak Flat Road. Please remember pets must be restrained on a leash not more than six feet long or otherwise physically restrained, and pet feces must be cleaned up and deposited in trash receptacles. For more information, visit the official Yosemite National Park website.
a dog wearing a life jacket on a beach.
Photo by National Park Service.
  • Become a B.A.R.K. Ranger: If you plan to stay for a few days, consider participating in the B.A.R.K. Ranger program. This initiative by the National Park Service encourages responsible pet ownership in the park. By participating, you and your pet become ambassadors for responsible park visitation, contributing to preserving Yosemite’s unique ecosystem. Remember, pets must be restrained on a leash not more than six feet long, and pet feces must be cleaned up and deposited in trash receptacles.

Your visit to Yosemite with your pet can be a memorable experience filled with adventure and relaxation. By choosing pet-friendly accommodations, dining at establishments that cater to a variety of tastes, exploring the charming town of Fish Camp and Mariposa County, participating in outdoor activities suitable for all seasons, and becoming a B.A.R.K. Ranger, you and your pet can enjoy all that Yosemite has to offer. Remember to respect the park’s rules and regulations to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit for you, your pet, and other visitors. Enjoy your trip to Yosemite National Park!

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