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Wild Blue Dogs Summer Camp early bird ends March 15

Dog jumping off pier at Wild Blue Dog camp

As the country’s only nonprofit dog camp, Wild Blue Dogs at South Lake Tahoe offers grants for pet cancer treatments and supports cancer research. Your participation not only guarantees an...

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Peak fun for pups and people in Plumas County

Two dogs walking on a dirt road in Plumas County. - Dogtrekker

Pretty Plumas County, in the southeast corner of the Shasta Cascade region, is a nature lover’s dream. National forest extends across

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Butte County: Outdoor wonders and downtown fun

A brown dog in front of Lake Oroville in Butte County. - Dogtrekker

Butte County promises college-town culture and coolness, along with outstanding hikes, beautiful botanical gardens, and sun-splashed patios that serve local

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Happy holidays and top destination stories of 2023, Part 1

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As this year comes to a close, our greatest joy comes from expressing gratitude for the DogTrekker family. As we wish you this season's warmest greetings, we're also happy to...

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Top destination stories of 2023

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As this year comes to a close, our greatest joy comes from expressing gratitude for the DogTrekker family. Your engagement

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Sunset’s annual travel awards spotlight four-paw cities in California

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DogTrekker team members are big fans of Sunset, the iconic publication that’s celebrating 125 years in 2023. The California-based magazine recently announced its Sunset Travel Awards, including several must-visit standouts...

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Walk, play, eat & stay: Sacramento SPCA Doggy Dash is turning 30!

Dog at DogTrekker booth at Doggy Dash

Join the Sacramento SPCA’s 30th annual Doggy Dash at William Land Park on Saturday, April 22, 2023! Dog-gone fun festivities include a 2k/5k dog walk and the popular Bark in...

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Rancho Cordova

Rancho Cordova person and dog

Rancho Cordova curves along the American River between Sacramento and Folsom, in Northern California’s sun-splashed Gold Country. This charming, dog-friendly community has trails, parks, open-air patios, and nearly a dozen...

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Rancho Cordova: A beer-lovers destination!

Rancho Cordova person and dog

Rancho Cordova, a suburban community on Highway 50 about 15 miles east of downtown Sacramento, is a great jumping-off place for forays into the Sierra foothills, as well as a...

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Majestic, dog-friendly California mountain towns

Majestic Mountains dog

Let’s admit it. DogTrekkers are spoiled here in sun-kissed California. We escape to places where palm trees sway, and waves crash.

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Placer County promises trails, thrills and tasty surprises

Placer County dog with hotel

Welcome to Placer County, a 1,400-square-mile playground where dog-friendly fun is always in season. From cosmopolitan Roseville and Rocklin,

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Dreamy Placer County hotels for dogs and their families

Hotel dog

Placer County activities promise a tail-waggin' good time, of course. And when you’re ready to unwind, dog-friendly Placer County hotels, motels, B&Bs and vacation rentals offer

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The splashy side of Placer County

Splash dog

Majestic mountains and Gold Rush heritage set Placer County apart. You’ll also find golden opportunities for fun on the water.

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Placer County promises dog-friendly trails, thrills and tasty surprises

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Welcome to Placer County, a 1,400-square-mile playground where dog-friendly fun is always in season. From cosmopolitan Roseville

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The Gold Country, an amazing American road trip


California’s Gold Country, home to the Gold Rush in 1849, combines history, nature, authentic American West small towns, a sensational culinary scene, wine, microbreweries, and majestic scenery in a captivating...

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Tahoe’s tail-waggin’ winter highlights 

Belgian Malinois at Kiva Beach at Lake Tahoe with snow

Lake Tahoe promises classic fun in any season, but this slice of California really sparkles during the winter. The destination is

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California SNO-Parks: SNO many options for dog-friendly fun

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Here's a DogTrekker secret: Stories about California SNO-Parks are among our most-read each year! There's lots to bark about

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Mend your mind and thrill your dog in Mendocino County

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Mendocino County isn’t just about that beautifully sculpted coast. The inland regions are also gorgeous in a green and hilly kind of way.

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Dog-friendy Tuolumne County (video)

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Welcome to Tuolumne County, California where you can experience iconic Yosemite explorations, authentic California Gold Country discoveries and unforgettable High Sierra outdoor adventures.

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Widescreen Yosemite adventure

Tenaya Lodge in the Fall

Home to towering waterfalls and 200-foot-tall giant sequoias, there’s no place like Yosemite. And Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite puts you just two miles from Yosemite National Park.

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Bark for some of our favorite dog-friendly campgrounds

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California is incredibly rich and varied in terms of geography, and its thousands of dog-friendly campgrounds are equally as diverse. From the mountains to the ocean to the desert, there’s...

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How to snag a dog-friendly camping rez

Two women with dog celebrating with wine together in camper van.

A couple of caveats to bear in mind before you get ahead of yourself: Most developed campgrounds in California close mid to late October, no matter how delightful the weather....

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All aboard! Take a dog-friendly train ride to summer fun

The Skunk Train

Summer is a time for family vacations, and whether it’s a multi-day trip or day trip, not much can get children more excited or add to the memory bank than...

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All aboard for Gold Country history

Dog on Mtn. Sugar Pine Railroad

Tuolumne County is the heart of California Gold Country, and to get a feel for it, you and your family will want to visit both Columbia State Historic Park

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Fetch special rates for fall camp by Wild Blue Dogs!

Wild Blue Dogs Camp dogs and people

Dreaming of Lake Tahoe's mountain landscapes, fresh air and hiking adventures? Interested in private beach access, plus a full week of fun and education for you and your pups? You...

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Bucket-list cottages and cabin escapes

Beagles at California cabin

Whether you prefer a farm stay in Gold Country, a trek along Yosemite trails, or a Marin County coastal stroll, you'll always find great options.

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Luxury Gold Country farm visit designed for dogs

Dog with chickens at Dog & Pony Ranch

Dog & Pony Ranch was developed to be completely dog-friendly. The property offers hiking trails, a swimming pond and other adventures.

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Snow dogs! Where to ruff it up in the white stuff

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Those of us who live in California have to pinch ourselves in thanks for proximity to gorgeous mountain environments just day-trip distance away. Even if you don’t live in a...

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Tail-waggin’ fun in Folsom and surrounding areas

People and dog on kayak in Folsom

Just up Highway 50 from Sacramento, the city of Folsom is a superb dog-friendly destination with a handsomely renovated Old Town just a block or two from the Sacramento River....

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If it’s summer, it’s splash time with your dog!

Australian shepherd dog runs through the lake

Thousands of splash spots in California await people and pups eager to get wet in the great outdoors.

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Only in California

Yellow lab with Concord dog scarf

Consider it a modern-day Gold Rush. California’s pioneering craft breweries attract travelers looking for liquid gold, in the form of unforgettable ales and lagers. You’ll find plenty of pup-friendly taprooms...

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Tail-waggin’ times outside the park

Golden Retriever enjoying the wind outside a car window

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.

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Romp ‘n’ roll at a Sno-Park

Girl playing with border collie at a Sno-Park

California’s Sno-Park sites, most in the Tahoe basin but some farther afield on the flanks of the Sierra, are white oases for winter fun.

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Dog daze of summer!

Boston terrier standing on beach

Use or the DogTrekker mobile app to finds beach websites, park phone numbers and directions.

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Leave no dog behind

Woman volunteer  with homeless dog at shelter

One simple mission has always guided DogTrekker’s work: Leave no dog behind, whether you’re on vacation or at a shelter.

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Folsom: Gateway to Gold Country

Dogs playing in snow in Gold Country

Folsom isn’t only a convenient destination for Northern California visitors, it’s also diverse, offering many options for “socially distanced” outdoor recreation. Start by stepping out on a segment of the...

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Tuolumne County Invites Visitors to ‘Wander Freely’

Dog outside in Tuolumne County

Tuolumne County, in the heart of Gold Country, is open and courting visitors (DogTrekkers included!) this summer. Its “Wander Freely” campaign encourages responsible travel and offers lots of tips on...

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Tuolumne County: Heart of Gold Country

A dog standing at the counter waiting to place an order

We can’t begin to count the ways you and your pup will be enchanted and entertained in the heart of Gold Country, but we can start you off on the Tuolumne...

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More Than Fool’s Gold in Folsom

Dog hanging out in Folsom 

Just a blink up Highway 50 from Rancho Cordova, Folsom is a Gold Country gateway rich in pioneer history. It boasts tons of recreational opportunities, a captivating Old Town district...

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Strike Gold With El Dorado County Wines

Collie and small dog in El Dorado County

Although sprawling El Dorado County has quite a few craft breweries, it’s better known for its wine, apples and other fresh produce. The EDC Wine Trail features more than a...

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It’s a Dog’s Life in Santa Cruz Wine Country

Dog and person on surfboard in Santa Cruz

Oh, the carefree life of a winery dog. It ranks high on our list of reincarnation fantasies. Yet in Santa Cruz County, which is home to over a dozen dog-friendly...

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Gold Country Treasure Hunt

Dog at Gold Country Treasure Hunt event

Are you one of those folks who enjoys taking selfies with your dog wherever you roam? Add some fun to your quest by participating in the Placer Wine Trail Photo...

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Summer’s last splash: Gotta lake it!

Senior golden retriever standing in Fallen Leaf Lake with boats and mountains in background.

When Northern Californians mention “The Lake,” you know they’re talking Tahoe. September is “tweener” season at Big Blue, a time when locals breathe deep, tourism drops off and visitors in...

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Amador County

Dog sitting on the grass in Amador County

Follow Highway 49 south through Amador County for yet another take on Gold Country. You’ll find lodging at historic, dog-friendly establishments like Hanford House in Sutter Creek, the Imperial Hotel...

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Calaveras County

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Calaveras County became known in 1800s for its rich gold deposits—and for a certain jumping frog memorialized in a short story by Mark Twain. Today, it’s a destination for Gold...

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El Dorado County

Two dogs on a trail in El Dorado County

Named for the mythical city of gold, El Dorado County epitomizes California Gold Country. Its county seat, Placerville, is named for the alluvial deposits in the American River where many...

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Turquoise blue persuasion in Pollock Pines

Blue green water at Jenkinson Lake

Once you reach Pollock Pines on Highway 50, you’re deep into Gold Country. And on a hot summer day, nothing could be more appealing than a dip in a turquoise-blue...

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Summer fun with your pup in Folsom

Folsom Lake

History, a vibrant dining scene and outdoor recreation options galore beckon in this gateway to California Gold Country.

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Up the Hill in Placerville With Your Furry Sidekick

Dog walking towards hamburger and beer in Placerville

The El Dorado County seat was named for the alluvial deposits that drew prospectors here during the Gold Rush. It’s nickname, “Hangtown,” relates to the lawlessness of the times. Today,...

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For A Personal Touch, Go For the B&B Experience

Dog on deck at B&B 

Sure, you can be traditional and stay at a dog-friendly hotel or motel during your Tuolumne County getaway, but the choices don’t stop there. Bed-and-breakfast inns, Airbnbs and traditional vacation...

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Tuolumne County’s ‘Don’t Miss’ Family Attractions

Tuolumne County sign 

If you’re traveling in Gold Country with family this summer, put Columbia State Historic Park on your “must visit” list. It’s a place where lasting memories are made. On weekends, you’ll...

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Off We Go, Into the Wild Blue Yonder

Woman on dock with two dogs at Tahoe

If you like camping and wouldn’t think about taking off for the wild blue yonder without your four-legged companions, consider giving your team an entire, activity-packed week together in the...

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Time out for Tuolumne County (Yosemite north entrance)

walking path through redwood trees

The rugged country leading up to Yosemite’s Big Oak Flat (North) entrance boasts a pioneer history as rough-hewn as the landscape itself. Tuolumne County towns along the Highway 120/49 corridors—Oakdale,...

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Thanksgiving hike at Cronan Ranch

overlook view of valley with river at Cronan Ranch. reader Peregrine W. wrote to us to share her Thanksgiving outdoor adventure at Cronan Ranch with her two pups:

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A Cluster of Winery Finds In Gold Country

Dog at a winery in Gold Country

Wine grapes were introduced to the Sierra Nevada foothills during the Gold Rush years, when miners were thirsty for refreshment and farmers eager to provide. Today, the Sierra Foothills AVA...

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Big reds and good times in Amador County

Big red dog at a winery in Amador County

Amador County, best known for its robust zinfandels and barberas, celebrates big reds with its annual Barbera Festival, an outdoor sip-and-stroll event set this year for Sept. 16 at Terra...

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Historic Folsom: Gateway to the Gold Country

Dogs frolicking in Folsom

Visitors know Folsom for the song made famous by the Man in Black, but no one sings the blues once they get to this historic little city at the western...

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Finding Gold in El Dorado County

Dog in front of historic cabin in El Dorado County

Talk about diverse: El Dorado County stretches from the city of Folsom, at the beginning of the Sierra Nevada foothills, all the way up to Lake Tahoe and the High...

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Woofin’ It Up in Tuolumne County

Dog looking for its dinner in Tuolumne County

Like other parts of Gold Country, Tuolumne County is rich in history, rugged scenery and recreational opportunities. You can get some of both and soak up some local color too at First...

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Second stop: Highway 50, Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe with rocky surroundings.

Of the two primary ways to get to Lake Tahoe from Sacramento (Interstate 80 or Highway 50), 50 is by far the more scenic.

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Third stop: South Lake Tahoe to Truckee

Historic buildings on edge of Lake at Tallac Historic Site

Highway 89 along Tahoe’s West Shore is a treat for the senses on many levels. It takes about an hour in non-traffic conditions to drive straight through, but why would...

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The Glamping Route

Dog looking at a glamping tent

“Glamping,” a hybrid word referring to rustic-chic, outdoor-oriented lodging that doesn’t involve pitching your own tent, is a concept that’s been exploding for more than a decade, with new properties...

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Tuolumne County: North Entrance (Hwy 120)

Dog with Yosemite hat on at the Tuolumne County north entrance

The 19th-century miners who swarmed California’s Gold Country made an indelible mark on Tuolumne County, dotting the map with a string of settlements that still have a boomtown feel. There...

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Liquid treasure in Gold Country

Dog and man on trail

You’ll hear the furious, highway-like roar long before you catch sight of Hidden Falls, a wide wall of water that explodes into a 50-foot ravine at the center of Hidden...

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Cuddle up at Lake Tahoe

Dog snuggling on a  hotel room bed in Lake Tahoe

You know that Lake Tahoe is a great spot to play in the snow, not just for skiers and boarders, but for any brand of DogTrekker who enjoys navigating in...

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Get Some Snowshine at Lake Tahoe

Dog in the snow and sunshine at Lake Tahoe

Northern California’s favorite mountain playground offers a lifetime’s worth of opportunities to play in the snow with your pup. Start with a snowshoe trek at a SNO-PARK pullout or, in...

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Doggin’ It On The Pacific Crest Trail

Pacific Coast trail

You don’t have to be a lean and hardy thru-hiker to enjoy sections of the famous Pacific Crest Trail stretching 2,560 miles from Mexico to Canada. It travels through some...

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Glamp it Up With Your Four-Legged Friend

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Maybe you like the idea of camping but don’t own (or care to own) the requisite equipment. Enter “glamping,” a hybrid word referring to rustic-chic, outdoor-oriented lodging that doesn’t involve...

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Folsom – Gateway to Gold Country

Dog with bridge in background in Gold Country

Yes, country legend Johnny Cash put Folsom on America's musical map—and soon there will be a 2.5-mile, Class I bike trail named in his honor. It will cross Folsom Prison...

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Doggedly exploring Amador County

Dog in Amador County field

If there’s one part of California wine country getting an exceptional amount of buzz this past year, it’s Amador County—and specifically the Shenandoah Valley AVA, best known for its robust...

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Gotta lake it

Mother and daughter with a dog resting on a pier looking at lake

Summertime and the livin’ is easy…as long as you’re on a lake. Heading up to Gold Country, you’ll find lots of places to dip your paws no matter which road...

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Roam among giants

beagle on rock in front of trees

We’re all familiar with giant sequoias, those massive, awe-inspiring sentinels of the forest found only on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada. The most famous groves (Mariposa and Grant)...

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No Tent or RV? No Problem…

Dog on red camp chair

Don’t run out to buy a tent if you don’t know that you’ll enjoy camping and take it up as a regular pastime. Novices who don’t own a full kit...

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A fine find in Gold Country

2 beagles on log in sierra meadow

The Sierra Nevada foothills, with their quaint, Gold Rush-era towns and growing portfolio of wineries, are a joy to explore with a four-legged companion.

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Treasure in Gold Country

Eden Vale Inn Not interested in snow? You, your significant other and the four-legged tagalong who can’t be left behind will find walkable serenity coupled with luxurious accommodations at dog-friendly...

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Three dog-friendly options in South Shore

View of Lake Tahoe with paddle boarders.

Maybe you knew about these dog-friendly South Shore options—or maybe not. All are worth checking out next time you visit with your four-legged friend.

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Apple Hill is Wine Country, Too

Photo credit: Miss Chien (CC) California Gold Country has it all: rugged scenery, historic towns—and a booming wine industry that offers myriad opportunities for DogTrekkers. September and October, when after-harvest...

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Come dog, come all to Railtown 1897 State Historic Park

steam engine on tracks

Tie a bandana around Rover’s neck so he’ll look the part as you explore Railtown 1897 State Historic Park.

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Traveling Tuolumne With Tucker

Spade the mighty watchdog. Photo: Isolino Ferreira The 19th-century miners who swarmed California’s Gold Country made an indelible mark on Tuolumne County, dotting the map with a string of settlements...

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You Call This Camping? We Say Four Paws Up

Go in style. Camping doesn’t necessarily mean sleeping on the ground or getting up close and personal with dirt. These privately operated spots have tons of amenities for you and...

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Dog-Passionate Folsom

Oscar having fun at Folsom Lake. (CC) T. Dibble Johnny Cash may have put Folsom on America's musical map, but visitors don't sing the blues once they experience the vitality of this...

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El Dorado County’s adventure loop

Dogs Lola and Leroy

Lola and Leroy on an adventure in Gold Country. Photo: M. Miller Next time you can wrangle a weekend away in Gold Country, head east on Highway 50, exit at...

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Gold Country Flower Power

  Wildflower season has come early to the Sierra foothills this year, and you’ll have to act fast to enjoy the bloom before it’s gone. Here are five favorite dog-friendly...

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Go With the Flows in Northern California

Luna at Lower Yosemite Falls. (CC) Luna Dog Mom. Yosemite Falls: Yosemite in winter can make for a glorious getaway for you and your best friend. Yes, you’ll have to...

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Gold Country Getaways

Kennedy Meadows in Sonora. Rachael Moore (CC) On Highway 49 you’ll find a string of Gold Rush-era towns delightfully uncrowded at this time of year. While Sutter Creek and Jackson...

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Dog-friendly Wineries in Placer County

Pescadore Vineyard. (CC) Howard Koons Here at, we’ve made dog-friendly wineries easier to find through a new, interactive map on our California Wine Country landing page. Clicking on the...

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Dog-friendly Wineries in the Gold Country

Gold Country - Somerset wine dog California Gold Country hugs the western slope of the Sierra Nevada and is home to hundreds of wineries. Many offer free tastings, intimate access...

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Dog-friendly Wineries: Just a Click Away

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Here at, we’ve made dog-friendly wineries easier to find through a new, interactive map on our California Wine Country landing page. Clicking on the map of the county or...

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Dog-friendly Lake Tahoe beaches

Senior black lab stands in lake with stick floating nearby

Summer is in full swing and Lake Tahoe is one of the top DogTrekker destinations. So we want to share some of the places to take your dog for a dip...

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Tuolumne and Mariposa Meanderings

Tuolumne and Mariposa counties make up the southern part of the Gold Country region stretching along the Sierra Nevada’s western flank. But they’re also part of the Yosemite Region and serve as gateways to the iconic national...

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Eden Vale Inn

Eden Vale Inn is a unique destination nestled in the Sierra Foothills. Named one of America’s Top 10 Most Romantic Inns, Eden Vale is also one of the most dog-friendly Inns...

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Sacramento and Folsom: Gold Country Getaways

Dog party in downtown Sacramento. Photo: Kelly Huston Sacramento and Folsom are the dog-friendly gateways to California Gold Country. And there’s no denying it: temperatures here can get very hot...

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Splash dog fun in Gold Country

dog runs on dock at lake

If you are anywhere in the Amador, Calaveras, Folsom, or Greater Sacramento/Stockton area looking to get your pooch involved in Dock Diving, we have just the place. Gold Country Pet...

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The Gold Country’s Golden Chain Highway

Dog by the Golden Chain Highway

Sure, you’ve visited parts of Gold Country. But have you ever driven the entire 330 miles of Highway 49, the historic “Golden Chain Highway?” Considering all the dog-friendly places to...

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Lake Tahoe’s South Shore and more

A majestic German Shepherd relaxing on a tranquil sandy shoreline, basking in the picturesque backdrop of a serene mountain lake. - Dogtrekker

Summer is prime time at South Lake Tahoe, for hotel stays and vacation rentals alike. A vacation rental can be your ticket to dog-friendly togetherness and flexibility; plus the lake...

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Go For The Gold

Gracie at Dog and Pony Ranch. Photo courtesy Dog and Pony Ranch. The history books don’t say much about the ruff 'n' ready canines who kept lonely miners company and...

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When it snows

border collie sits in show behind woman cross county skiing.

Yes, it will snow again — and when it does, you and your best friend will find groomed cross-country trails as well as limitless tracts of public lands to glide...

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Hidden Trails, Hidden Falls

If you live in Sacramento or anywhere near the Interstate 80 corridor through the Sierra Nevada foothills, Hidden Falls Regional Park near Auburn in the  Gold Country foothills should be...

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Four Paw Salute to Our Sponsors

As we begin adding new Southern California regions in 2014, it’s important to give a shout-out to all of the destinations who partnered with us in 2013. These Paw-of-Approval destinations...

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Sniff and Smell the Apples

September in El Dorado County means apples—lots and lots of apples and all thegood things, from cider to pie, that go with them. More than 50 family-owned ranches on the north side of...

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Explore the countryside

Dog at unfriendly Lambert Bridge

The words “wine” and “Sacramento” may not seem to go together—until you realize more than 200 wineries and tasting rooms are situated within 75 miles of the state capital.

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Settle into South Shore

senior golden retriever in lake

Where to stay is always the first consideration for DogTrekkers on overnight quests, and in South Shore there’s something for every budget, from the luxe Fireside Lodge B&B to the...

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Folsom For You and Your Dog

Johnny Cash may have put Folsom on America's musical map, but visitors don't sing the blues once they experience the vitality of this historic little city at the western gateway to California...

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Tails in Tuolumne County

Like other parts of Gold Country extending into the High Sierra, Tuolumne County is rich in rugged scenery. It’s also a great place to learn about the colorful and convoluted...

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Angles on Amador County

In summer, water rules, and Amador County offers many options, from Camanche Reservoir in the foothills to beautiful Silver Lake in the Eldorado National Forest near Carson Pass. If you’re...

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Down By the Riverside

Not all hikes lead to a specific destination, but those that do are rewarding—especially when the weather is warm, the destination wet and the scenery in between bright green and...

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Knock on Madera

Madera County notches into Yosemite National Park via Highway 41, segments of which are included on an 87-mile scenic loop known as the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway.

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Tuolumne Tell-All

Road on the way into  Tuolumne

Tuolumne County, bordering Yosemite National Park along the Highway 49 and Highway 120 corridors, played a pivotal roll in 19th-century stampede for gold and silver, and its rugged landscape is...

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DogTrekkers Four-Paw Salute To Our Sponsors

A recap of 2012 wouldn't be complete without a four-paw salute to the supporting sponsors of All of these destinations have partnered with us this year, helping to fund important...

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Road Trip

We know you like to travel with your canine companion; that’s what DogTrekker is all about. In the past year, we’ve loaded up our four-legged friends, hit the road and...

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Say hello to Folsom

Folsom Lake

Johnny Cash may have slipped Folsom into America’s psyche, but visitors will sing a different tune once they experience the vitality of this historic little city at the western gateway...

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Dog-friendly Folsom

Johnny Cash may have put Folsom on America's mental map. but visitors don't sing the blues once they experience the vitality of this historic little city at the western gateway to California Gold...

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Tail-Waggin’ Gold Country Farm Trails

For many Northern California families (dogs included, of course)  autumn wouldn’t be autumn without a trip to the Apple Hill region of El Dorado County, where pie shops, u-pick orchards,...

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Fall Walk With Fido

If you’re not already packed up and headed for the hills, get moving! The first week of October is prime time for fall foliage in the upper elevations of Gold...

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Sniffing Out Scenery In Sierra County

Dog sniffing scenery in Sierra County

Even during the summer high season, Sierra County, home to fewer than 4,000 souls, is off the beaten track for most Northern California travelers. In fall, it can feel like...

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South Yuba River State Park

Senior black lab stands in lake with stick floating nearby

We’d love South Yuba River State Park even if its many trails and swimming holes weren’t dog-friendly, and we bet you will, too.

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Dog-Passionate Sacramento

Yellow lab Maya on the Sacramento River Trail

Dog-friendly California begins with Sacramento, as you will find out when you explore all the capital city has to offer, from hikes to scenic walks, dog parks to swim spots...

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Monterey Meanderings

Monterey County is vast, stretching south through Big Sur and east through the winery-rich Carmel Valley and into the Santa Lucia Mountains. You and your four-legger are sure to have...

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Sacramento and Beyond

The words “wine” and “Sacramento” may not seem to go together—until you realize more than 200 wineries and tasting rooms are situated within 75 miles of the state capital. Many...

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Cronan Ranch Ramble

Not all hikes lead to a specific destination, but those that do are rewarding—especially when the weather is hot and the destination is wet. Cronan Ranch Regional Trails Park, a...

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NorCalGuide App Debuts

One of our favorite destination apps for the iPhone and iPad this year is called the NorCalGuide. This comprehensive app covers both the Gold Country as well as the Central...

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Saved by the Bark

We’re thrilled to report that one of California’s most dog-friendly state parks has been saved by the bell—or rather, the community bark. South Yuba River State Park, one of few state...

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Wander Off To Wine Country

You might not think of wine when you think of Sacramento, but that notion is changing fast as the city becomes known as a jumping-off point for visiting hundreds of...

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Shoe you can do it

dog follows snowshoer

Anywhere there’s snow, you can snowshoe. Your hound, however, won’t float atop fresh powder like you do. He risks postholing, floundering in tree wells or even breaking through a snow...

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Kick, glide, bark

cross country skier with brown dog with snow and pine trees

Cross-country skiing is intensely popular in Northern California snow country, but if you prefer groomed trails at developed ski areas, your need to know where dogs are welcome and where...

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Foolin’ Around in the Foothills

The seven counties that make up California’s Gold Country cover a lifetime’s worth of territory to explore with your dog.

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Pie Am I in Gold Country

The sun shines through the trees in an apple hill vineyard.

Things get so busy in October in the Apple Hill region of El Dorado County that shuttle buses are put into play. But from Labor Day weekend until the calendar...

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Tahoe splash spots

French bulldog wearing life jacket swimming in lake.

It can be tricky to find a beach at Lake Tahoe where you can bring Fido, but with a little planning you'll discover plenty of dog-friendly shoreline to dip your...

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Horsing around

A scenic view of Horsetail Falls and the surrounding trees.

Who on the way up to Tahoe hasn't caught a glimpse of Horsetail Falls, the spectacular, 800-foot cataract visible from Highway 50 at Twin Bridges? The half-day trek to the...

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Goodbye Highway, Hello Byway

If you’re visiting Angels Camp, Murphys, Columbia or other Gold Country destinations in the vicinity of the Highway 4 corridor, you owe it to yourself to explore the Ebbetts Pass National Scenic...

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We’ve Got Our Wag On is in its first beta release—you might call it “puppy stage.” The site is a collaborative effort of dog lovers who want to share what they’ve learned during more...

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Cabins in the Woods

Tahoma Meadows Bed & Breakfast Cottages on Tahoe's West Shore is one of those semi-secret places that has developed a loyal following among outdoorsy couples and families traveling with their...

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Do we hear an echo? Check out Echo Lakes!

Upper Echo Lake surrounded by mountains and trees on a sunny day.

Pick a bluebird day and pack plenty of pep for an excursion to Echo Lakes, the southern gateway to Desolation Wilderness and one of the most glorious (and dog-friendly) ski...

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Paws up for these dog-friendly hotels

A chilled-out canine lounging blissfully on a cozy bed adorned in shades of blue and white. In the softly focused background, an individual is hunched over a laptop, engrossed in work. Provides a perfect scenario for those who wish to spend a relaxing day indoors with their dog while juggling some office tasks. - Dogtrekker

If you’re like many visitors, you want to stay in a central location just a short jaunt from the attractions on your “must experience” list.  Fortunately, central Sacramento is chock-full...

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