Dog Friendly Camping

Dog-friendly Camping in California

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Dog-friendly Road Trip: Highway 140 to Yosemite National Park

Cordelia visiting Yosemite National Park, photo by: Charlie Kelly
Cordelia visiting Yosemite National Park, photo by: Charlie Kelly

Heads up: you will once again need reservations to visit Yosemite National Park this summer, whether its for day-tripping, camping or lodging. But no big deal, just keep checking on protocols and procedures so you don’t travel all that way just to be locked out.

At any rate, you don’t even need to enter the park to get a eyeful of scenery in Mariposa County, which is bisected by highway 140 leading to the park’s El Portal entrance. more »

A Few of Our Favorite Places to Camp

Favorite places to put a smile on her face
Favorite places to put a smile on her face

New discoveries are nice, but so are places to which you and your four-legged buddy return time after time. Here are a few of our paw-tested faves.
 
Carson Pass/Highway 88: One of the most scenic roads in the Tahoe area, Highway 88, south of the lake, climbs to the summit of 8,652-foot Carson Pass, rolling past many lakes and campgrounds along the way. Caples LakeSilver Lake and Kirkwood Lake are beauty spots with Forest Service campgrounds as well as quick proximity to several scenic hiking trails and small mountain resorts where you can grab a meal.  more »

First-Time Dog Camper? Make a List, Check it Twice

What about my ball?
What about my ball?

Packing for a camping trip with your pooch is pretty much the same as for any other road trip, but there are a few extras to consider.
 
California leash laws allow leashed dogs in campsites, but don’t take a chance by letting your pup wander around loose. Think ahead about how you will keep her confined within the boundaries of your space. A leash around a picnic table leg will work, but you don’t want to be tripping over it. Cable tie-outs, available at pet stores or from Amazon, can be secured between two trees and will keep Rover safe while you putter around. more »

There are Many Ways to Camp

Courtesy S.F. North/Petaluma KOA
Courtesy S.F. North/Petaluma KOA

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 comfortable on a dog bed than in the dirt. Well, DogTrekkers, you have choices. Many, many choices.
 
In the past decade, dozens of “glamping” options have sprung up around the state. The term refers to rustic-chic accommodations ranging from safari-style tents or yurts to luxuriously outfitted Airstream trailers, usually in highly desirable locations. Not all are dog-friendly, but many are, so be sure to inquire. more »

Bark at the Bots, But Don't Give Up

Enough computer work, let
Enough computer work, let's go camping!

It’s usually difficult to snag a reservation at popular lakeside, state and national parks at this point in the year. Many can take repeated attempts to score. This year, however, even that strategy might not work. Why? Because technology has entered the picture.
 
Do a Google search for  “bots stealing campsites” and you’ll come across dozens of articles decrying how techno-geeks are using ingenious bits of computer code to automatically log in, reserve and complete a campsite purchase before a normal person can even get a page up on the screen.  Read more about resources and alternatives ... more »

Dog-friendly Road Trip North: The Compass Points Toward Redding

Kayla at Turtle Bay
Kayla at Turtle Bay

Heading north out of Sacramento on Interstate 5, the goal is to base camp in Redding, the Shasta Cascade's largest city. One of the top sights includes the iconic Sundial Bridge, spanning the Sacramento River. It bisects a paved, 16-mile, dog-friendly trail that eventually leads to Shasta Dam. Redding prides itself as “California’s Trail Capital,” with 225 miles of trails within a 15-mile radius of town. Search trails and download a map heremore »

Ruff-ing It in Yosemite National Park

Ruff-ing It in Yosemite National Park

“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. more »

Dog-friendly Hotels, Camping & More

Dog-friendly Hotels, Camping & More

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 – hotels and motels, bed and breakfasts, cabin rentals or camping. Then use the Advanced Filter to show pet-friendly options inside and outside of the park. You can also use the feature to choose what area you would like to stay, from Yosemite Valley to Wawona and Fish Camp to Mariposa. more »

Dog, You’ve Earned a Yosemite Vacation!

Aspen visiting Glacier Point at Yosemite. Photo: Lauren Burtz
Aspen visiting Glacier Point at Yosemite. Photo: Lauren Burtz

Autumn is in full swing in Mariposa County, home of Yosemite National Park. The great news for DogTrekkers is that the park is open and the vehicle reservations required during the pandemic are no longer needed as of Nov. 1.

Crispy fall weather, light crowds and enhanced cleaning and safety standards are in effect throughout the county, making this a great time to take the family (including the four-legged members) on vacation. Check out our top lodging options and the specials they are now offering. more »

Forest Bathing With Fido, Anyone?

Photo: Dave Kendrick
Photo: Dave Kendrick

The practice of “forest bathing,” or “shinrin-yoku,” popularized in the USA by a string of books including best-seller “Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness” by Japanese immunologist Quing Li, has taken off in Mendocino County. And there’s no better place to indulge in the practice of absorbing oneself in a forest atmosphere then here, where dog-friendly options amid the redwood giants abound. more »

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