At first glance, it may seem that Yosemite National Park is not a very dog friendly place, when in fact, you can take your four legged friend to most of Yosemite's glorious attractions. With that said, hiking the trails is limited to only a few paved ones, but they are still quite enjoyable. Heres a complete guide from NPS regarding pets in Yosemite. We were only in Yosemite for a couple days, but it was incredible. Here is what we explored with the pup:
THE MAP OF YOSEMITE VALLEY
This map shows you all of the valley attractions within Yosemite. This is where you can see El Capitan and Yosemite Falls from the ground. It is mostly a one way road, that works in a loop around the valley.
At the beginning of the loop, you will see several pull over areas to get a ground view of El Capitan
Further down the road, you will find Swinging Bridge. Here, you can get panoramic views of meadows, mountain peaks and lower falls. You cannot venture to far down this path, as it turns to dirt.
COOKS MEADOW LOOP
This short trail, gives you lush views of the meadow.
LOWER YOSEMITE FALLS
A beautiful 1 mile walk through Lower Yosemite Falls. Your pup will enjoy the board walk and paved areas, while you share in the views. The fall is often dryer in the late summer/early fall months but it is still spectacular. You can enjoy swimming at the base and surrounding stream.
After visiting Lower Yosemite Falls, enjoy the 2 mile loop of Mirror Lake/Meadow. Through out all of these locations, you will be close to Yosemite Village, where you can grab refreshment, food, and gifts.
Its about an hour drive to Glacier Point from Yosemite Valley, but it is well worth it! From here, you can view 5 peaks and feels on top of the world doing it. On your way back down to your camp, stop by Bridalveil Fall too!
WHERE TO STAY
Most camps within Yosemite National Parks do not accept dogs. We stayed at a lovely camp called Dimond O. Its small, quiet and clean, allows dogs and is near Hetch Hetchy damn. Dogs are not allowed on the damn itself, but you can still drive down for an incredible view from your vehicle or trail head.
Dog Camp City was created to help dog lovers find the areas within National Parks, Federal Parks and surrounding State Parks that are accessable with your dog.