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Top destination stories of 2023

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Fall in Yosemite: Captivating color and wagging tails welcome

Few places are prettier than Yosemite in fall. Blue skies and mild temperatures make for pleasant outdoor activities, while vast stands of maples and dogwoods put on a colorful show....

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Begin your DogCation® with river views at Yosemite View Lodge

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AutoCamp Yosemite: Ruffing it, the modern way

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Base yourself at The Redwoods in Yosemite

Sit, play and stay longer at The Redwoods in Yosemite, which offers a free seventh night when you settle in for a week. Located inside Yosemite National Park,

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Tenaya at Yosemite extends a warm welcome

Tenaya at Yosemite is tucked in a wooded setting minutes south of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Pup-friendly overnight options here include

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Your dog-friendly to-do list in Yosemite National Park

Our friends at the Yosemite Mariposa County Tourism Bureau have dished up this dog-friendly Yosemite itinerary for DogTrekker readers!

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Spring in Yosemite: Spectacular waterfalls!

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Spring in Yosemite is incredible this year with bigger and more beautiful spectacular waterfalls, and no reservations needed! California dog parents are perfectly positioned for a visit. Mariposa County and...

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Leave Only Paw Prints® when visiting Yosemite

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In Yosemite, overnight at these dog-friendly Mariposa properties

woman and dog at AutoCamp Yosemite

Mariposa County, home to Yosemite National Park, is often known as the “Mother of Counties.” This historic segment of California was one of the original counties established after statehood in...

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Furry friends love Lower Yosemite Falls

Dog at Lower Yosemite Falls

Yosemite Falls is the highest waterfall in North America and the sixth tallest in the world. DogTrekkers are especially fond of Lower Yosemite Falls, which is easily accessible for humans...

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Dog-friendly beauty at Bridalveil Fall

Sunrise on Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California

Bridalveil Fall is beautiful to behold and famously photo-friendly in the spring. The sound of water splashing and crashing against rocks creates an immersive experience as you approach the waterfall.

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Yosemite reopens Saturday after snow closure

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After being closed for three weeks due to excessive snowfall and damaging storms, Yosemite is finally set to reopen this Saturday March 18. Visitors are advised to bring warm, waterproof...

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Your pup-friendly guide to California snow season 2023

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Here in California, 2023 kicked off with a flurry of snowfall and storms. That means packed ski resorts and endless winter activities for families and their four-legged friends.

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Ruffing it in Yosemite

Tenaya Lodge in Winter

Winter in Yosemite National Park means quiet landscapes and five-star fun for four-pawed travelers and their human companions. Leashed dogs are welcome on most fully paved roads and paths within...

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Five great California destinations for you and your dog

Yes, you can take dogs to Yosemite

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This winter, find a cozy place to stay at Yosemite

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Yosemite National Park is a four-season playground with dog-friendly appeal. The destination shines during the quieter winter season, when sunshine sparkles off snowy peaks and icy waterways. Frosty forests set...

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History, hiking and holidays at Yosemite View Lodge

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.

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What to do near Wawona and The Redwoods

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While Yosemite Valley headliners like Half Dome, El Capitan and Bridalveil Fall attract many visitors, Wawona is a lesser-traveled gem that promises one-of-a-kind experiences.

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Relax on the River: Yosemite View Lodge

Yosemite View Lodge

Yosemite View Lodge has been family-owned and family-friendly (that includes four-legged family members!) for nearly 50 years.

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Paradise in the Park: The Redwoods In Yosemite

Photo by The Redwoods In Yosemite

Imagine waking up with Yosemite on your doorstep. That’s what happens at The Redwoods In Yosemite, a jewel within the national park’s boundaries.

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Four-paw winter accommodations

Tenaya Lodge in snow at night

In the Sierra Mountains, you’ll find places to explore and activities to enjoy, with one-of-a-kind, pet-friendly lodging at Tenaya Lodge.

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Fall moments await at Tenaya Lodge

Dogs welcome at Tehaya at Yosemite Explorer Cabins.

As the season changes, an entire new world opens up in and around Yosemite National Park. It is a great time of the year to hike, explore, relax and enjoy...

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Day 1: Woof this way

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The open road beckons, the journey begins. Mariposa County is located within easy driving distance for most Californians.

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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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Paddleboard with your dog at Bass Lake (video)

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Bass Lake in Madera County, 35 miles from the front gate of Yosemite, is a great place to paddleboard with your dog. Play like a local at Bass Lake!

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Bass Lake video

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Dogs and people can play like locals at Bass Lake, less then 20 miles from the front gate of Yosemite.

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The ultimate doggie treat: a Mammoth Lakes adventure

Convict Lake

Chances are your dog loves to Visit Mammoth as much as you do, if not more. As Fido watches you pack the car with hiking, fishing and bike gear he anxiously waits...

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Moving south in the Eastern Sierra

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Keep your eyes on the road, because the next major attraction is Mono Lake, a geological anomaly preserved as a natural reserve to protect its tufa towers, calcium carbonate knobs and...

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The summit of Yosemite escape

Jackalope's Bar and Gril at Tenaya Lodge. Photo by Tenaya at Yosemite.

This year, it’s time to treat yourself to a family- and dog-friendly California experience that lets everyone feel like a kid again.

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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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Tenaya Lodge’s four-paw accommodations

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Fetch a trip you’ll both enjoy at Tenaya Lodge. If you’re planning to visit Yosemite National Park, including Badger Pass and other areas in the park that have restrictions on dogs,

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Tenaya Lodge with the kids

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Not surprisingly, a place as big as Yosemite is home to plenty of outdoor and indoor activities for children of all ages. Of course, there’s the seemingly endless natural beauty

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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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Summer soars in Yosemite at Tenaya Lodge

Person on high rock at Yosemite.

Located just two miles from Yosemite National Park, dog-friendly Tenaya Lodge specializes in memorable summer moments for the entire family.

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Tenaya Lodge with the kids – summer

Kids playing in pool at Tenaya lodge.

Not surprisingly, a place as big as Yosemite is home to plenty of outdoor and indoor activities for children of all ages. Of course, there’s the seemingly-endless natural beauty waiting in...

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Tenaya Lodge’s four-paw accommodations

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You’ll fetch a trip you’ll both enjoy at Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite. If you're planning to visit Yosemite National Park, including Badger Pass and other areas in the park that...

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Bucket-list cottages and cabin escapes

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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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Treat your pup to a Yosemite vacation

May dog at Tenaya Lodge Explorer cabin lying by the fireplace.

Feeling a little spring fever? Now is the perfect time to plan a getaway with your furry friend. The Explorer Cabins at Tenaya Lodge are designed for pet-lovers, making dog...

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Fall for these dog-friendly waterfalls

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Yes, we had a dry January, but the big storms in late December filled lakes and streams and created a hefty Sierra snowpack. The payoff: Waterfall season! Here are some...

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Yosemite gushers

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Late winter and early spring are great times to visit Yosemite National Park, but be sure to read up on the rules regarding pets before you go. Hotels inside park...

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Cozy winter lodging in Yosemite

Tenaya Lodge in winter at Yosemite

This winter, treat yourself to a family and dog-friendly California experience that lets everyone feel like a kid again. Offering mountain adventures, family fun, unforgettable dining and spa options, and...

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Winter in Yosemite, the Tenaya Lodge way

Tenaya Lodge in the winter photo

Winter officially begins on December 21, but you wouldn’t know it by the snowflakes piling up throughout the Yosemite region. This beautiful region is home to a DogTrekker favorite, Tenaya Lodge.

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Tenaya Lodge with the dog

Dog playing in the snow at Tenaya lodge

If you're planning to visit Yosemite Park, including Badger Pass and other areas in the park that have restrictions on dogs, you have the option of reserving a limited spot...

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Tenaya Lodge with the kids

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Yosemite’s Badger Pass Ski Area is set to open this weekend, and you’ll find plenty of outdoor and indoor activities for children of all ages. Embark on downhill skiing and snowboarding adventures...

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Ready to hike? We’ve already done the digging!

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Yosemite is home to a number of dog-friendly trails. Leashed dogs are allowed at picturesque Yosemite destinations including

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Leave no dog behind when visiting Yosemite

Vizsla dog in front of waterfall in Yosemite

Think about it this way. You’re with your dog just about every day. Do you really want to be apart from them on vacation? At Tenaya Lodge, you don’t have...

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Headed for Yosemite? You lucky dog!

Tenaya Lodge Explorer Cabin

In Yosemite, you’ll embark on a getaway you and your little buddy will never forget. Together, you can explore the wonders of the Sierra region at a full-service resort that...

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High altitude amenities

Golden dog at Tenaya Lodge lawn

Just two miles from the park, Tenaya Lodge is set among 50 acres of Sierra National Forest. It is a dog-friendly resort.

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Four-paw Pet-friendly Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

Tenaya Lodge long view with snow around

Anybody who has ever traveled with their canine companion knows that some accommodations are more dog-friendly than others. At Tenaya Lodge, you can fetch a trip you’ll both enjoy.  ...

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The best dog-friendly cabins and cottages for your summer and fall trips

Tenaya Lodge Explorer Cabin

Yikes, can it be mid-summer already? As California opens up from its pandemic slumber, road trips are all the rage and travelers are on the move with their pups. The...

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Yo! Yosemite Calls You and Your Dog

Tenaya Lodge firepit

Yosemite is now open, as are the 50 new two-bedroom Tehaya at Yosemite Explorer Cabins that opened in 2019. Tenaya Lodge, a luxury establishment in Fish Camp, just two miles...

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There are Many Ways to Camp

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Let’s say you’re into roughing it a bit —tent camping, say, but your significant other doesn’t like to sleep on the ground and your four-legged companion would likewise be more...

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

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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.

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Tail-waggin’ times outside the park

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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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Unrivaled Yosemite hotel is barking for you to visit

Tenaya Lodge

The English proverb ‘let sleeping dogs lie” might have been the right advice back in the 13th century, but certainly doesn’t apply when your pup wakes up in a beautifully...

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Ruff-ing it in Yosemite National Park

Dogs in car near Yosemite

Is Yosemite dog-friendly? That’s one of the questions most asked by DogTrekker readers. The answer depends on how “Yosemite” is defined.

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Dog-friendly Hotels, Camping & More

Red Siberian husky by campfire

You’ll find dog-lovers and dog-friendly Yosemite lodging options throughout the region. To review them all, visit the lodging page on Yosemite.com, choose the general type of accommodation you prefer –...

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Dog, you’ve earned a Yosemite vacation!

Meadow with boardwalk in Yosemite National Park Valley at autumn

Crispy fall weather and light crowds are in effect throughout Mariposa County during Autumn, making this a great time to take the family (including the four-legged members) on vacation.

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You, your dog and Yosemite: Pet-friendly Tenaya Lodge

Tenaya Lodge

If you enjoy adventuring with your dog and have always wanted to experience Yosemite National Park, then Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite is for you.

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Tour Gold Rush Towns

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Mariposa County's towns all make great walks for you and Fido. In Mariposa, the shop-lined streets, Art Park and Mariposa Creek Walk make for a nice way to explore the...

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Stay and Play at Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

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Winner of the 2015 Sunset Travel Awards for Best Resort for Pets, Tenaya Lodge knows how to take care of your dog! Their Fido Friendly Pet Package includes lodging and...

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Hit the trails near Yosemite

Sunrise at the tunnel View vista point at Yosemite National Park

What better way to enjoy the mountains for bipeds and quadrupeds alike than by being out on a hike? In Mariposa County's scenic Merced River Canyon, several dog friendly recreation...

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Vacationing at Benton Hot Springs

Vacationing at Benton Hot Springs

In September 2021 we stayed at Benton Hot Springs in Mono County CA for our 25th wedding anniversary. Highlights include traveling through Yosemite, finding petroglyphs, hiking and just soaking up...

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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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Spring into Yosemite

Airedale Terrier in Yosemite

Spring is the perfect time to visit Yosemite with your pups as the snowpack melts, waterfalls rush and wildflowers start to bloom.

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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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Naturalist John Muir’s Dog-friendly Legacy

Man, woman, child and dog running on a hill

John Muir might be most famous for his conservation efforts in the Yosemite region, but he wrote and raised a family in the East Bay community near Concord and cherished...

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Tenaya Lodge – the Yosemite home for you and Fido

Tenaya Lodge Explorer Cabin

Yosemite – Mariposa County’s Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite is the destination for you and your dog for a Yosemite adventure. When it comes to dog-friendliness, Tenaya takes the biscuit!

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The Fido Friendly Yosemite Vacation

Family and dog around firepit at Tenaya Lodge in Yosemite

Leave the city behind, pack up your four-legged best friend, and head to Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, the only full-service dog-friendly resort near Yosemite. Tenaya Lodge is the ideal basecamp for...

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Yosemite in winter: Doglicious!

couple walks dog on bridge in Yosemite with view of Half Dome

Forget all those reports you read about hour-long traffic backups to get into Yosemite National Park in summer. In winter, this iconic slice of the American West is an un-crowded...

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Explorer Cabins at Yosemite’s Tenaya Lodge

Tenaya Lodge Explorer Cabin

Whether you’re traveling with the whole family, including the pups, or just looking for a little additional privacy during your trip to Yosemite National Park, the new dog-friendly two-bedroom Explorer...

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Bass Lake: A pet-friendly, Yosemite-area lure

Maya lab dog at Bass Lake

Not far from Yosemite National Park via Highway 41, Bass Lake, tucked within the Sierra National Forest east of Oakhurst, Madera County’s major resort area and has been for more...

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Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite opens Explorer Cabins

Explorer Cabin firepits. Photo by Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

DogTrekker.com’s co-founders, Roxanne and Dave Kendrick, and Director of Barketing™ Maya, a yellow Labrador retriever, were on hand June 27 for the ribbon cutting for 50 new dog-friendly Explorer Cabins...

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Airstreams, dog-friendly glamping and more

golden retriever on tent platform deck

Vintage travel-trailers, “glamping” tents and luxury yurts are part of an outdoorsy trend that is spreading all up and down California.   

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Go retro in a dog-friendly airstream trailer

Airstream trailer with blue awning surrounded by palm trees

Retro is all the rage these days, and what could be more mid-century stylish than an overnight stay in one of those sleek aluminum Airstream trailers updated for today’s DogTrekkers?

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Little Jo’s Yosemite adventure

Little Jo in Yosemite

It was one of those "Yahoo" moments that I found out the way to bring my little Jo to Yosemite. It was rewarding being in Yosemite with my fur baby overlooking...

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Road Trip! Explore a Scenic Byway

Two chocolate labs exploring a scenic byway

Fall is a great time for a scenic drive, and California’s National Scenic Byways and Scenic Highways provide guaranteed enjoyment for the eyes plus limitless opportunities for hiking with your...

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Time to revisit Yosemite with your dog

Dog with incredible view of Yosemite Half Dome

The Ferguson fire in Yosemite National Park that shut off the scenic Yosemite Valley for three weeks was fully contained on Aug. 19, and all entry roads through Tuolumne County...

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Hike, Splash, Camp at Tuolumne County Lakes

Dog on rocks by a Tuolumne County Lake

Tuolumne County is largely rural, with more places to hike, fish, camp and go boating with your dog than you can shake a stick at. Its scenic lakes are tucked...

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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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Into the Tuolumne County High Country

Black and white dog on a trail in Tuolumne County

The Gold Rush-era prospectors who swarmed the Sierra Nevada foothills in the 1850s made an indelible mark on Tuolumne County, dotting the map with a string of settlements—Sonora, Columbia, Jamestown,...

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Be tempted by Tenaya

Dogs at Parkside Deli at Tenaya.

Just outside Yosemite National Park’s  south (Wawona) entrance, the 302-room, Four-Diamond Tenaya Lodge awaits DogTrekking families with some very tempting kibble. Sunset magazine named it Best Resort for Pets in...

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All aboard a choo-choo train

Dog on a choo choo train

The chug-chug and urgent whistle call of an approaching train is always exciting, especially when a vintage steam engine leads the charge. How can you hear it and see it...

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Hop On A Houseboat With Your Pup

Big dog looking out the window on a houseboat

Water, sun, stars, memories. A houseboating vacation provides them all, plus a lot of novelty for first-timers. While Shasta Lake is justly known as the house-boating capital of California, it’s...

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Tips and Tricks for Reserving a Dog-Friendly Campsite

Big white dog at dog-friendly campsite

So you want to go camping this summer but it’s May already, and California’s coastal campgrounds, as well as those at Lake Tahoe, have been fully booked months in advance....

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Chasing cascades in the Bay Area

Golden retriever overlooks aerial view of Sunol Regional Wilderness.

From easy family hikes to certified huffer-puffers, the hills and streams of the San Francisco Bay Area are at their voluptuous best in spring.

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Liquid rewards in our National Parks

Whiskeytown Falls

We can’t gush enough about the dog-friendly waterfall hikes and photo opportunities waiting for you

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Journey to Wawona (Madera County, South Entrance)

Dog by trees at Yosemite Wawona south entrance in Madera County

If you’re coming from Southern California, the Highway 41 corridor from Fresno up to Yosemite’s (South) Entrance, past Fish Camp, is probably the way you’ll go. The road begins its...

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Arch in from the West (Mariposa County, West Entrance)

Dog at Yosemite West entrance in Mariposa County

Open the windows and let your pup take in the smells as you drive Highway 140 from Merced to Yosemite’s El Portal/Arch Rock entrance. This route offers plenty of dog-friendly...

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Yosemite is positively pawsome for dogs

View of Yosemite FAlls

Is Yosemite dog-friendly? Every DogTrekker headed in this direction wants to know. And the answer is…“Yes!”…with caveats.

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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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All aboard (dogs, too)!

Dog getting ready to board a train

Excursion-train rides are fun for the whole family, and several lines in Northern California allow dogs to ride along, too. Our pick for a fall rail outing: Pumpkin Trains at...

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Fifth stop: Mammoth Lakes back to Sac via Yosemite

a brown and white dog laying in front of now covered mountains

Allow a full day—or more, if time permits—for the long but scenic drive back to Sacramento via Highway 120 over Tioga Pass Road through Yosemite National Park.

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Alerts and tips for a great camping season

Dog walking towards a tent

The winter has been tough on several areas in the state and we wanted to update you on two roads often traveled by DogTrekkers, as well as provide some money-saving...

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Madera County: South Entrance (Hwy 41)

Dog and person at the Madera County south entrance to Yosemite

The town Oakhurst in Madera County is the main gateway to Yosemite’s south (Wawona) entrance on the Highway 41 corridor winding through the Sierra Nevada foothills from Fresno. A great stop in Oakhurst is Queen’s...

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Mariposa County: West Entrance (Hwy 140)

dog at the Mariposa County West entrance to Yosemite

The Highway 140 corridor through Mariposa County leads to the Arch Rock entrance to Yosemite National Park, offering plenty of dog-friendly lodging choices and recreational opportunities along its winding way.

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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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Dogs in the park

couple walks dog on bridge in Yosemite with view of Half Dome

Before you bring your dog to Yosemite National Park, read up on the rules so you won't be disappointed. While access to trails is restricted (see where you can hike below),...

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Woof It Up At Little Yosemite

Dog on the grass in Yosemite

Wildflowers and waterfalls are the star spring attractions in Little Yosemite, a scenic gorge on Alameda Creek in Sunol Regional Wilderness. On a 3-mile round trip along the Canyon View...

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Winter Splendor at Yosemite

Dog high on a mountain in Yosemite

Yosemite National Park is spectacular (and uncrowded) in winter, whether or not there’s snow on the valley floor. At Tenaya Lodge, two miles from the park’s south entrance, you and...

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Get your buttes in gear

two beagles in rowboat with Sierra Buttes behind

The Lakes Basin Recreation Area straddles Plumas and Sierra counties about 70 miles north of Lake Tahoe. It's truly a land of lakes, with more than four dozen pools

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A Mammoth Adventure!

Dog taking a walk Mammoth

Stacy D. and her sweet pup, Ginger, recently explored some of California's most stunning landscapes.

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From wine to bristlecone Pines

Dogs on the mountain

There are many ways to get to the High Sierra, all of them scenic, some a little more leisurely and winding than others. If time permits and you like lots...

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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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Camping, Sunset Style

Like many of us who read Sunset, you are most likely inspired and somewhat intimidated by those oh-so-perfect homes, gardens and recipes showcased on the magazine’s glossy pages and online....

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Rules and Regs Regarding Rover

Camp life can be very exciting for a dog, so long as she doesn’t eat too many marshmallows. Dogs are welcome at 90 percent of California campgrounds—it’s the rare one...

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Reserving Your Spot in the Fun

Dog prancing in front of tent

If you have your sights set on one of California’s uber-popular (and dog-friendly) coastal, national park or Lake Tahoe campgrounds, it’s probably too late to snag weekend dates for your...

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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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New park for Ranger

a view of Yosemite Valley with mountains in the background.

Ranger at Yosemite National Park. Photo Credit: Lisa Hernandez Ranger, a handsome nine-month old chocolate Labrador, camped for the first time in Yosemite. Ranger's people let us know that he...

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Tuolumne County (North/Big Oak Flat) Entrance

Tuolumne County North/Big Flat entrance building

There is plenty to see as you and your four-legged companion wander through rugged Tuolumne County toward the Big Oak Flat entrance to Yosemite National Park.

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Madera County (South/Wawona) Entrance

Dog jumping at Madera County South Wawona entrance 

The town Oakhurst in Madera County is the main gateway to Yosemite’s south (Wawona) entrance on the Highway 41 corridor winding through the Sierra Nevada foothills from Fresno. A great...

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Dogs at Yosemite National Park

Yosemite falls with mirrored reflection in flooded valley

Yes, you can and should have your dog tag along on your next visit to Yosemite National Park, even though park rules restrict canine companions almost exclusively to campgrounds and...

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Mariposa County (West/Arch Rock) Entrance

Mariposa County (West/Arch Rock) entrance road

While visiting Yosemite National Park might be the goal, a trip through the region is also about the journey. It would be a shame to arrive at the park’s Highway...

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Yosemite’s watery icon

Yosemite falls

California’s best-known cataract is 2,425-foot Yosemite Falls, a voice-drowning, three-stage gusher that roars like a highway during the snow-melt season.

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Roll with Rex through Yosemite

Photo courtesy: Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad Your camera won’t stop clicking during hour-long, narrow-gauge rides into history aboard rail cars pulled by steam locomotives that once hauled massive logs...

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Tenaya Lodge Wins Big, Celebrates 25 Years

DogTrekker.com lodging partner Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite has been declared the Best Resort for Pets of the West by Sunset magazine, the premier guide to living in the West. Tenaya is one...

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Dog-friendly Moseying in Madera County

Dog visiting Devil's Postpile, Madera County. Photo: Sarah Park What’s one of the “10 Best Places to Lodge Yourself In A Movie,” as claimed by USA Today? That would be...

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Meandering Mariposa County With Your Dog

Dog sitting amidst trees in Mariposa County

Highway 140 through Mariposa County leads to Yosemite National Park, but there’s so much for you and Fido to see and do along the way that you might want to...

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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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Yes, you can bring your dog to Yosemite

white dog looking the panorama at El Capitan Tunnel View overlook

In the midst of the Civil War, a visionary President Lincoln signed the Yosemite Land Grant, setting aside the Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias as a scenic...

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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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Reserving a Camping Spot for Spot

Fluffy husky mix in front of tent

So, a friend told you about a great place to camp with your dog. But how do you make reservations? Here are some places to start: Reserve America handles reservations...

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Top Spots for Soaking Up Mountain Majesty

Doberman mix at tent on top of mountain

Rise above the summer heat at these high-elevation campgrounds.

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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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Poochies on the Road to Yosemite

Poochies playing catch by the river. Photo: Missy B. Missy B. from Sacramento sent us a great picture of her best friend, Poochies, frolicking by the river on the way to...

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Ways to snag prime reservations

Dog and family at Tenaya Explorer cabins

Whether your heart is set on camping at Big Sur in July or spending a June week at dog-friendly Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, snagging a reservation, especially for a high-season...

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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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Dog-time for Yosemite

Cordelia in Yosemtie. By Cordelia's Adventures Is Yosemite National Park dog-friendly? That’s a question that comes up frequently at DogTrekker.com, and one we address every year in one form or...

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Our Yosemite Get-away

Charles and his dad taking in the view DogTrekker.com reader Lori O'Connor wrote to us about a recent weekend getaway to Yosemite for her family and their pup, Charles.

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Reserving a camp spot for Spot

Sleepy husky in tent

So, a friend told you about a great place to camp with your dog. But how do you make reservations? Here are three places to start. Plus some tips to...

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On the way to Yosemite: East entrance

East entrance of Yosemite

Cody, Tioga Pass. Photo: Patti Thompson Why hurry to Yosemite National Park when the journey can be as rewarding as the destination? The extremely dog-friendly Yosemite Region encompasses four gateway counties,...

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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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On The Way to Yosemite: North Entrance

Cabo in Groveland. Photo: Doug Pieper Why hurry to Yosemite National Park when the journey can be as rewarding as the destination? The Yosemite Region encompasses four gateway counties, each...

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On The Way to Yosemite: South Entrance

Bass Lake. Photo: Susan Marie Why hurry to Yosemite National Park when the journey can be as rewarding as the destination? The extremely dog-friendly Yosemite Region encompasses four gateway counties,...

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On the road to Yosemite

view of Yosemite Falls in fall

Why hurry to Yosemite National Park when the journey can be as rewarding as the destination? The Yosemite Region encompasses four gateway counties, each with its own unique set of...

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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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High Sierra Hideaways

Boat dog in Mono County. Photo - Colleen Greene Late spring, when roads are clear but the mountains are still frosted with snow, is a gorgeous time to enjoy the...

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East Bay Hikes

Point Isabel. Photo: Maverick Wyatt Myers Since DogTrekker.com kicked off in late 2010, our hiking pages and listings have become the most popular features on the site. Readers continue to...

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Yosemite in Winter

Normally, waterfall season at Yosemite National Park doesn’t peak until May. But this year’s light snow pack and unusually warm weather have teased Mother Nature into an earlier schedule.

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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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Reserving a Spot for You and Spot

So, a friend told you about a great place to camp with your dog. But how do you make reservations? Here are three places to start: • Reserve America handles reservations for...

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Rovering Around

Camp life is very exciting for a dog, so long as she doesn’t get into the s’mores. Dogs are welcome at 90 percent of California campgrounds; it’s the rare one...

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Yosemite Region Highs

Think of Yosemite, and the famous national park comes immediately to mind. Yet the rugged landscapes that characterize the park don’t stop at its boundaries. The Yosemite Region encompasses parts...

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Is Yosemite Dog-Friendly?

“Is Yosemite dog-friendly?” That’s one of the questions most commonly asked by DogTrekker readers. The answer depends on how “Yosemite” is defined. We at DogTrekker define it as the four-county region surrounding...

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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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Mono Vision

Dogs running at Mono Lake

Mono County in the Eastern Sierra is connected to Yosemite National Park via Highway 120, the “Tioga Road,” which crests the Sierra Nevada at 9,943-foot Tioga Pass, traverses the park...

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Moseying Around Mariposa County

Dog traipsing around grass in Mariposa county

The Highway 140 corridor through Mariposa County leads to the Arch Rock entrance to Yosemite National Park, offering plenty of recreational opportunity along its winding way.

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Hear the Roar

Huge waterfall

California’s best-known cataract is 2,425-foot Yosemite Falls, a voice-drowning, three-stage gusher that roars like a highway during snow-melt season. And yes, your leashed dog is welcome to enjoy views that...

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Toolin’ Around Tuolumne

Groveland Hotel.

Dog-friendly Groveland Hotel You’ll need time and fair weather to explore the upper reaches of this diverse county, but we’ll get you started with dog-friendly suggestions in a couple of...

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Where Else to Rover Around

Kayla Takes to the Trail Camp life can be very exciting for a dog, so long as she doesn’t eat too many marshmallows. Dogs are welcome at 90 percent of...

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Ins and Outs of Reserving a Spot for Spot

So, a friend told you about a great place to camp with your dog. But how do you make reservations? Here are three places to start . . .

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Yo, Little Yosemite!

Golden retriever overlooks aerial view of Sunol Regional Wilderness.

Don’t have time to visit the real Yosemite Valley? Little Yosemite, a scenic gorge on Alameda Creek in Sunol Regional Wilderness, might not be so grand, but it’s a lot...

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Visit A National Park For Free

There’s nothing like spending a day in nature with your four-legged friend to bring you down to Earth. And during National Park Week,  you can celebrate Earth Day by making...

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Get Thee to Yosemite

Normally, waterfall season at Yosemite National Park doesn’t peak until May. But this year’s light snow pack and unusually warm weather have teased Mother Nature into an earlier schedule. This...

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California Classic

Yosemite National Park is clear on its rules  governing sightseeing by four-legged visitors. In short: Keep ‘em on a leash on paved roads or trails. Fortunately, the paved trails include the...

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Color Me Up

On your next full day in the Eastern Sierra, take a take a leaf-peeping excursion in the vicinity of Conway Summit, Virginia Lakes or Lundy Canyon, where you‚'ll be rewarded...

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Into the high country

Mono Lake Boardwalk

The town of Lee Vining might be small, but it sits at the nexus of an area rich in opportunities for hiking, fishing, photography and bird-watching, which is at its...

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Dogs and Wildlife

p> There’s a reason for the “wild” in wildlife, and precautions DogTrekkers should take while enjoying our federal lands. You don’t want your dog chasing deer or elk, of course,...

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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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Which Fort Funston Do You Want?

If quality time at coast side spots like Fort Funston, Muir Beach or Rodeo Beach is a big deal for you and your pooch, heads up! The 4,700-acre Golden Gate...

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