A bored dog looks out the window as it waits in traffic in Yosemite. Photo by Alistair.
I love taking my dogs out with me on a hike or camping. They carry their own food in their packs and are generally well behaved. They’re also better companions than most people.
If you’re planning your trip to Yosemite and really don’t want to leave your pet at home, don’t. It’s OK to bring your dog to Yosemite but there are some simple, commonsense rules you’ll need to follow.
Pets are only allowed
- in developed areas
- on fully paved trails and roads except trails signed as not allowing pets (pets are not allowed off the floor of Yosemite Valley, including the trail to Vernal Fall)
- in campgrounds (except Tamarack Flat, Porcupine Flat, and walk-in campgrounds)
Pets are not allowed
- on unpaved or poorly paved trails, or trails signed as not allowing pets
- on unplowed roads covered in snow
- in Wilderness areas
- on shuttle buses
- in concessioner lodging areas
- in Tamarack Flat, Porcupine Flat, and all walk-in campgrounds
- in any group or horse camps
Pets must be restrained on a leash not more than six feet long or otherwise physically restrained. For their safety and the safety of visitors and wildlife, leashed pets may not be left unattended. Visitors are responsible for cleaning up and depositing pet feces in trash receptacles.
Pets are also allowed on the the Meadow Loop and Four Mile fire roads in Wawona, on the Carlon Road, and on the Old Big Oak Flat Road between Hodgdon Meadow and Hazel Green Creek.
If you need to leave your dog for a day long hike or longer DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite operates a dog kennel in Yosemite Valley (available Memorial Day through Labor Day). Proof of current registration and written proof of immunizations (rabies, distemper, parvo, and Bordetella) must be provided. Dogs must be at least ten pounds and at least six months old. You can get more information about the kennel by calling 209/372-8348.