To Bridgeport and beyond in the Eastern Sierra

red and white spaniel sits in front of tufas and Mono Lake
Bodie at Mono Lake. Photo by Cathy Crnkovich.

Oh, so many dog-friendly overnight choices! The town of Bridgeport, about 100 miles south of Carson City in Mono County, offers multiple options: The historic Bridgeport Inn (dog-friendly rooms are in a motel-style building out back, but you can both enjoy dinner on the porch); the Ruby InnBig Meadow Lodge and Walker River Lodge. Five miles south of town, Virginia Creek Settlement encompasses a Western-themed log-cabin motel, housekeeping cabins, tent cabins and a campground at the edge of the creek.

All are great jumping-off points for a “must do” visit to Bodie State Historic Park, a gold-mining ghost town where your leashed dogs can join you in exploring deserted streets and peering into the windows of abandoned buildings preserved in a state of “arrested decay.” Bring food and water for yourself and your furry friend, as there’s nothing available in the park, which is reached after a 15-mile drive on a dirt (but nicely graded) road. Grab a self-guided tour map and tag along on a docent tour if you can – and don’t forget your camera!

Also near Bridgeport: Virginia Lakes is a wonderland of eight pristine (and trout-filled) mountain lakes at above 9,000 feet elevation, offering (besides scenery) campgrounds and a rustic resort with dog-friendly cabins, boat rentals, a general store and café. No gas-powered boats are allowed, which adds to the peaceful vibe. Three of the lakes are accessible by car, while the others can be reached by foot and paw.

Posted on: August 10, 2022

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