, with its sheer granite cliffs and natural beauty, is
one of America's most visited National Parks. Although dogs are not
allowed on the back country trails, they are allowed on the paved
trails that make up most of the Yosemite Valley. This is the area that
most visitors to the park visit and spend most of their time. There are
also other dog-friendly attractions in the area surrounding the park.
So it makes for a great dog-friendly vacation.
There are many dog-friendly
hotels and lodging
in the Yosemite area. They are either outside
the South gate to the park at Fish Camp or Oakhurst or west of the park
in Groveland and Mariposa. A great place to stay for your visit to
Yosemite with your dog is the Tenaya Lodge in Fish Camp. This upscale
lodge allows dogs up to 55 pounds (ask about larger dogs) and offers
dog-sitting and walking services. Also in Fish Camp is the Narrow Gauge
Inn near the dog-friendly Sugar Pine railroad rides. In Oakhurst is the
Best Western Yosemite Gateway Inn. To the north and west of the park is
the Groveland Hotel, a historic building in it's own right and the Best
Wester Plus Yosemite Way Station Motel. For vacation
near the park there is Yosemite's SierraScape Vacation
Rentals in Mariposa among other choices.
Many people coming to Yosemite
plan on camping
. If you do, there are many options for
dog-friendly camping. Many of the Yosemite Park campgrounds allow dogs.
Dogs are allowed at the Bridalveil Creek, Crane Flat, Hodgdon Meadow,
Tuolumne Meadows, Upper Pines, Wawona, White Wolf and Yosemite Creek
Campgrounds. They are not allowed at other campgrounds in the park. If
you are looking for a private RV Park outside of the park then there is
the Yosemite/Mariposa KOA and the Yosemite Pines RV Resort in
The main attraction that draws people to the region is, of course, Yosemite
. It is one of the most popular National Parks and is
known for its granite cliffs, tall waterfalls and giant sequoia groves.
People with dogs can get to see most of the sites in the Yosemite
Valley. If you are into the big hikes up from the valley floor to the
tops of the waterfalls or Half Dome, you will need to leave your dog
behind. But if, like 95 percent of tourists, you keep your feet on the
valley floor then you can take your leashed dog on many of the trails
which are often paved. The lodges and shuttle buses in the park
do not allow dogs. There are short hikes on paved trails where
you can take your dog such as Bridalveil Falls. Many of the roads
through Yosemite Valley have paved sidewalks and your dog is welcome
there. For dining, there are ample restaurants and snack bars where you
can get food inside and bring it outside to eat with your dog. Outside
of the park
you can take your dog on the Yosemite Mountain Sugar
Pine Railroad which is a one hour steam engine ride. It is located in
Fish Camp just south of the park gate. You and your dog can also rent
boats at the Millers Landing Resort on Bass Lake. Some dog-friendly
in the area include The Way of the Mono Tail at Bass Lake and
the Shadow of the Giants Trail in Oakhurst.
On the east side of the Sierra Mountains and south of the East Entrance
to the park is Mammoth
is a few hours to the north.