Dog Friendly Camping

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Annual Tree-Lighting Ceremony, Oakland

Photo Credit: zoxcleb (CC)
Photo Credit: zoxcleb (CC)

Annual Tree-Lighting Ceremony, Oakland – Nov. 30

Annual tree-lighting ceremony brings holiday magic to Oakland’s dog-friendly waterfront with decorations, live music, holiday pop-up shops, Santa and more. more »

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

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park - Photo Credit: @island_dog
Railtown 1897 State Historic Park - Photo Credit: @island_dog

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 encounter rumbling (and dog-friendly) stagecoaches, itinerant musicians, bonneted ladies in sweeping skirts, and swaggering, black-hatted characters who could go mano a mano with John Wayne. For city kids, this “Gold Rush town that never died” can be as much fun as Disneyland (well, almost). more »

The Private Campground Advantage

Photo Credit: @colby_1_kenobi
Photo Credit: @colby_1_kenobi

If pit toilets and DIY tent camping in general aren’t your style, you may find your bliss at one of California’s hundreds of private campgrounds. They range from family-friendly KOAs (Kampgrounds of America), with their swimming pools, playgrounds, camping cabins and dog parks; to luxury “glamping” resorts like AutoCamps in Guerneville and Santa Barbara, where DogTrekkers can overnight in shiny Airstream trailers. And there are many choices in between. more »

A Few Of Our Favorite Dog-Friendly Public Campgrounds

Wrights Lake <br/>Photo Credit: @lillytheaussie
Wrights Lake
Photo Credit: @lillytheaussie

Almost every public campground in California is dog-friendly, but that doesn’t mean your dog is welcome to hike with you, even on a leash. At most state and national parks, dogs are confined to paved paths, fire roads and picnic areas. If those rules don’t fit your free-roaming style, take heart: There are plenty of other places to camp and hike with your best four-legged friend. Here are two campground-rich areas in Northern California that get the DogTrekker paw of approval. more »

Tips and Tricks for Reserving a Dog-Friendly Campsite

Photo Credit: @moji_thesamoyed
Photo Credit: @moji_thesamoyed

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. Time for some strategy. Here are our tips: more »

Bark Early to Reserve These Primo Spots

Photo Credit: @sir_benjaminchester
Photo Credit: @sir_benjaminchester

OK, let’s face it: the early bird gets the worm—or in some cases, the campsite. Mark your calendar six months in advance and either go online or call at one minute after midnight to snag a summer weekend reservation at these and other uber-popular coastal and lakefront campgrounds. Don’t give up if you can’t get in: cancellations happen, and if you’re flexible and determined, you’ll find an available date. more »

Dog-Friendly Campground Reservation Resources

Photo Credit: Anybetty
Photo Credit: Anybetty's pics (CC)

California State Parks rolled out a new reservation system, ReserveCalifornia, in August of last year, with new features still being phased in. Users who create a profile can reserve campsites and lodging six months in advance from the date they go online. more »

Death Valley Dalliance With Your Dog

Photo Credit: Alan Levine (CC)
Photo Credit: Alan Levine (CC)

Think Death Valley is nothing but a parched and endless patch of wind-blown sand? You’ve been watching too many old TV shows. This Southern California national park is in reality one of the most colorful and breathtaking places on earth, and inevitably takes first-time visitors by surprise. Nowhere else on the planet will you see salt-crusted badlands 282 feet below sea level walled in by mountains 11,000 feet high. Geological oddities abound, all encased in air so clear it seems like it could shatter. The valley’s human history, incorporating cowboys, Indians, burro-packing prospectors, outlaws, stranded pioneers, wealthy eccentrics and 20-mule teams hauling borax, is equally rugged and colorful. So what’s there to do with your dog? The quick answer: prepare to be awed. more »

Yosemite Region Alert

Photo Credit:  Blake Kidder (CC)
Photo Credit: Blake Kidder (CC)

Just as in the Big Sur area, California’s record setting storms have been hard on portions of the Yosemite Region. While Hwy. 140 (El Portal Road) and Hwy. 41 (Wawona Road) remain open and clear for all vehicular traffic (always look out for rocks and debris on the roadway), there are still issues on Hwy. 120 as of the end of March. more »

Alerts and Tips for a Great Camping Season

Schay at Ishi Wilderness, Lassen National Forest <br/>Photo Credit: Izora de Lillard
Schay at Ishi Wilderness, Lassen National Forest
Photo Credit: Izora de Lillard

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 and possibly life-saving tips for fun and safe camping this summer.

Big Sur Alert
Yosemite Region Alert
Save on Camping with an America the Beautiful Pass
Of Leash Laws, Bears and Campground Petiquette
Tick Alert more »

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