Taya overlooking Half Dome, courtesy Cynthia Carillo
Spring is on the way and Yosemite and Mariposa County
are ready for you. The National Park Service is working to increase access to the park on a phased approach. Reservations are not currently required to drive into Yosemite and some services and facilities are limited.
Spring is the perfect time to visit with your pups as temperatures are on the rise, the snowpack melts, waterfalls rush and wildflowers start to bloom. Yosemite is the most dog-friendly of all National Parks, providing those in easy driving distance with a place to feel elated, inspired and energized. Check out the park with a virtual tour
There are a few simple rules to follow to keep everyone safe, and by observing them, you and your dog can discover the wonders of Yosemite side-by-side. 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.
On your way to Yosemite you also have Mariposa County, where you will find dog-friendly lodging, dining, hikes and water activities and more in the historic small towns of Mariposa
, Fish Camp
, Midpines/El Portal
, Catheys Valley