Ruff-ing it in Yosemite National Park

By: DogTrekker Staff
Dogs in car near Yosemite
Photo by Yosemite Mariposa County.

“Is Yosemite dog-friendly?” That’s one of the questions most asked by DogTrekker readers. The answer depends on how “Yosemite” is defined. We at DogTrekker define it not only as inside the park, but dog-passionate Mariposa County, affectionately known as the “Mother of Counties” because it initially encompassed one-fifth of the state of California, Including Yosemite National Park.

Inside the park, leashed dogs are allowed on most fully paved roads, sidewalks and bicycle paths, unless there is a sign that specifically forbids them. The pavement is the general rule of the paw.  Many of Yosemite Valley’s greatest hits are in full view from pet-friendly paved paths. Tunnel View, Glacier Point, Half Dome, Bridalveil Fall and Yosemite Falls all offer epic canine access from paths where leashed pets are allowed.

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