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Alex Silgalis | 01/01/2022Camping, Hiking, Pet Friendly, Road Trip, Train Riding |   

If there’s a group of like-minded enthusiasts that enjoy the great outdoors as much as humans or more…. it’s dogs! Our furry companions know that nature is the best form of therapy. It clears the mind, reinvigorates the soul, and most of all, keeps us young at heart. So, the question is are dogs allowed in Yosemite? In short, Yes. But there are some requirements you must follow.

The Basic Rules – Where Are Dogs Allowed In Yosemite

Scout the dog in YosemitePhoto by: Breeze TurnerIf you do bring your pooch with you into the park, be aware that when you go for a hike with them, they must be on a leash. The leash itself cannot be longer than 6 feet. When it comes to which trails they can access, the general rule of thumb are most paved trails. This includes iconic routes like the main trail at the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias and the short walk to the base of Bridalveil Fall as well as the lower Yosemite Fall loop.

Where They Can’t Go

Of course, there are exceptions to the paved trail rule. The trail to Vernal Fall is included in this group so we suggest checking out the NPS pets page for the full download of all the rules you need to follow within its confines. This also means dogs are not allowed in any undeveloped area or wilderness including dirt trails. Trails such as those leading to and within the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias (for example: the Washburn Trail, the Mariposa Grove Trail, and the Perimeter Trail, etc...) are all included in the "No dogs allowed" category. 

What If You Want To Get Off Trail?

If you need to get your furry family member a bit more exercise, we suggest zipping out of the boundaries to visit the national forests. Literally surrounding the park, dogs are definitely welcome here. You can see everything from giant sequoias to waterfalls with a bit more leg room.

More Dog Friendly Fun

Little dogs love riding the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine RailroadYou can definitely have a doggone good time on the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad Instead of just focusing on visiting the park, why not make your outing a full-on vacation. There’s a host of things you and your dog can enjoy together in Madera from wine-tasting to going on a train. For a deep-dive on ideas, tips, and more, be sure to read our article: dog friendly fun in Yosemite | Madera County.

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Alex Silgalis

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