Yosemite is positively pawsome for dogs

By: DogTrekker Staff
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Is Yosemite dog-friendly? Every DogTrekker headed in this direction wants to know. And the answer is…“Yes!”…with caveats. More than 4 million people visit Yosemite each year, and while no one counts the dogs, we know from experience that many visitors share the trip with four-legged companions. Here are the basics of what you need to know (but be sure to read up on the rules before you go).

Leashed dogs are allowed in picnic areas and at these campgrounds (with the exception of group or horse sites):

Upper Pines Campground & RV

Lower Pines Campground & RV

North Pines Campground

Bridalveil Creek Campground & RV

Wawona Campground & RV

Hodgdon Meadow Campground & RV

Crane Flat Campground & RV

White Wolf Campground & RV

Yosemite Creek Campground 

Tuolumne Meadows Campground & RV

Leashed dogs can also accompany you on paved roads and trails and on a few dirt fire roads. Get started here:

Lower Yosemite Fall

Bridalveil Fall

Cook’s Meadow Loop

Mirror Lake Trail 

Wawona Meadow Loop

Carlon Road

Hazel Green Creek trailhead

Dogs are not allowed in or around park lodging with the exception of dog-passionate Tenaya Lodge, two miles from the south entrance; and in pet-friendly, privately owned vacation rentals at the Redwoods in Yosemite, a 130-home development sequestered within park boundaries in the Wawona area. Thousands of additional rooms, many dog-friendly, can be found elsewhere in the Yosemite Region.

The Village Grill at Yosemite Village welcomes dogs at outdoor tables.


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