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Welcome Back to Yosemite Mariposa County
August 31, 2022

Yellow dog
Regular DogTrekker readers know we love Yosemite Mariposa County. This special corner of California faced destructive summer wildfires, but the danger has passed. Now, your support will jump-start the community’s recovery. Read more...

Eastern Sierra Highway 395 road trip
August 17, 2022
Eastern Sierra

Looking for a road trip that will have your dog wagging her tail the whole way? Free up four or more days for a leisurely junket on the federally designated Eastern Sierra Scenic Byway (Highway 395). It runs 150 miles between Topaz, just over the state line in Nevada, and Bishop in Southern California, skirting the Eastern flank of the Sierra Nevada, including our friends at Mammoth Lakes. The views are stunning, traffic is (usually) light and there’s much to explore along the way. Here’s our DogTrekking guide. Read more...

Ruff it up with a late-season dog-camping getaway
July 28, 2022

Camping hiking
Where, oh where did the summer go? If your annual family camping trip (including your pup, of course) didn’t quite come together this year, fear not: There’s still time. While campgrounds during this first post-pandemic summer were filled to the gills, demand is sure to slow after back-to-school and Labor Day. Here’s how to plan for a safe and fun time for all. Read more...

Choose Redding – Chase Adventure
July 21, 2022

Redding anchors UpState CA, California’s under-the-radar adventure capital. Trails here lace through 7 national forests, 3 mountain ranges, a national park, a national monument, 2 national wilderness areas and 15 state parks. You’ll find countless lakes and fishing streams, too, plus sun-splashed patio dining and plenty of pup-friendly hotels and motels.

Check out Choose Redding’s new website for itinerary ideas and special deals from local businesses, and read on for more about this amazing outdoor playground. Read more...

Mammoth Lakes is the ultimate pup-cation
July 6, 2022

You know that awesome spinning in circles routine your pup does before going on walks or getting a treat? It’s going to happen a lot in Mammoth Lakes. Between all the dog-friendly hiking trails and activities — not to mention all the dog-loving people, accommodations, and establishments — your best pal can live its best life year-round in Mammoth Lakes. Read more...

North Coast dog-passionate Noyo Harbor Inn
June 29, 2022

Noyo Harbor Inn
It's a ruff life for Maya at Noyo Harbor Inn. Photo by Dave Kendrick.

Year after year, DogTrekkers tell us that the North Coast is their favorite California coastal getaway and Fort Bragg is a popular home base for enjoying canoe routes, coastal trails, photo walks and Skunk Train rides. Welcome to the Noyo Harbor Inn where dog-friendly rooms overlook the tree-lined Noyo River. The inn features waterfront patio dining, spa services and authentic Craftsman details dating back more than a century. For dogs, it is truly a ruff place to stay. Read more.

All aboard! Take a dog-friendly train ride to summer fun
June 23, 2022

Summer is a time for family vacations, and whether it’s a multi-day trip or daytrip, not much can get children more excited or add to the memory bank than a train ride.

“Family” incudes dogs of course, and there are many dog-friendly “all aboard!” choo-choo options in California. Here are a few of our favorites, including some tail-wagging surprises. This issue is powered by Mendocino County’s Skunk Train. Read more...

Plan a great Gilroy getaway with your dog
June 15, 2022

Follow your nose (as well as your dog’s) to the Garlic Capital of the World! Gilroy California is a great place for a getaway with your four-legged friend. You’ll find plenty of dog-friendly places to stay, including hotels and RV parks, with room to run around and relax. Gilroy also has many dog-friendly restaurants and wineries that welcome pets in outdoor areas. And there are numerous hiking trails and parks for you to explore together. Read more...

The Best of Mendocino County
May 25, 2022

Best of Mendocino
Pacific sunset at the Little River Inn. Photo by Dave Kendrick.

Mendocino County may be within a day-trip drive of most of the Bay Area, but we encourage you to snuggle up with your pup at one of our dog-passionate lodging partners. DogTrekker’s editors love staying in Mendo and have personally experienced all of these pup-friendly properties. Go north along the coast from Little River to Fort Bragg to find the Little River Inn, the Stanford Inn, Beach House Inn, Beachcomber Motel, Surf & Sand Lodge and the Noyo Harbor Inn. Read more...

Vacaville is wine country with an affordable twist
May 19, 2022

Dreaming of a wine country getaway without the premium lodging prices of Napa Valley and Sonoma County? Here’s an insider’s tip for DogTrekkers: Base yourself in Vacaville. Close to both established and emerging wineries, this Northern California community lives up to its “Small. In a Big Way” tagline. Read more...

Santa Cruz: Waves, wine and wilderness plus woof, of course!
May 12, 2022

Sun, sand and tail-waggin' good times. If you and your pup don't live on the coast, you probably crave some surf and sand from time to time. Read more...

Coastal Mendocino: sustainable by nature
May 5, 2022

Fresh sea breezes. Fido-friendly paddling, pedaling and hiking. Sustainable practices and cleaning products. Local wine and produce plated hours after harvest. Simple suggestions for living well. Enjoy highlights like these at dog-passionate Stanford Inn by the Sea, a historic farm and eco-resort on the Mendocino coast. Tucked between old-growth trees and USDA-certified organic gardens, this dog-friendly California destination weaves wellness, relaxation and earth-friendly elements into each stay. Here’s what to explore when you visit. Read more...

Visit dog-friendly Mendocino County wineries!
April 26, 2022

Looking for a friendly wine-tasting getaway with your four-leggers? Mendocino County, just north of the Bay Area, is one of the most dog-friendly destinations in California, and has dozens of dog-friendly wineries! Read more...

Fort Bragg: Affordable and uniquely dog-friendly
April 20, 2022

Northern California is known for dog-friendly adventures, and one destination really rolls out the red carpet for pups: Mendocino County. Coastal Fort Bragg is a great basecamp for exploring the region. You’ll find affordable nightly rates, modest pet fees, and standout amenities for furry family members at all three Beachcomber Hotel Group properties. Read more...

Explore Concord with free doggie visitors guide
April 13, 2022

“Dogs Welcome Here!” isn’t just a tagline in Concord. Pups are central to the community’s fabric, and you’ll see that in the way hotels, restaurants, breweries, bars and parks put out the welcome bowls for four-legged visitors. In fact, this dog-friendly city just produced a dog-gone great guide to the Concord Perro Trail. Named in honor of the community’s Hispanic heritage, the free, downloadable map covers Concord’s very dog-walkable downtown plus nearby parks and open spaces.Read more...  

Summer soars in Yosemite at Tenaya Lodge
March 30, 2022

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Summer lasts just 92 days, so it’s wise to make the most of it. An absolutely splendid idea is spending some of these precious days in Yosemite. This beautiful region is home to a DogTrekker favorite, Tenaya Lodge. Located just two miles from Yosemite National Park, Tenaya Lodge specializes in memorable summer moments for the entire family—including your four-legged friend. Here’s how to enjoy a wonderful summer escape packed with family-friendly fun. Read more... 

Bucket list cottages and cabin escapes
March 16, 2022

Dog-friendly cabins dot the California landscape, connecting four-legged family members with best-in-show adventures. Whether you prefer a farm stay in Gold Country, a trek along Yosemite trails, or a Marin County coastal stroll, you’ll always find great options.

Because readers tell us that cabins and cottages are their top lodging preference, we asked Maya, DogTrekker’s Director of Barketing, to do some digging. She’s traveled California in search of dog-friendly cabins and cottages, and here are three of her favorites. Read more...

Paws up: Sacramento here we come!
March 9, 2022

Sacto postal dog
It’s a new year and Sacramento has come thrillingly alive again. Restaurants, craft breweries, and entertainment venues are humming – and wherever you look, you’ll see people with dogs! Join us in our journey as we wag through Old Sacramento, play in some great parks and check out the dog scene at dog-friendly Sacramento hotels. Read more...

Playtime with your pup in the East Bay’s big back yard
February 23, 2022

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Yes, San Francisco traffic congestion can be a turnoff, but head to the East Bay and you’ll be amazed by all the open-to-the-public lands at your disposal – not to mention dozens of boutique wineries and, in spring, emerald-green, oak-dotted hills that beckon as invitingly to dogs as to their people.

Walk, wag and wine taste through Santa Cruz County history
February 17, 2022

Dog on Roaring Camp Railroad DogTrekkers tell us they like to look through the destinations we cover through a historical lens, and Santa Cruz County has it all. From the impeccably restored 19th century Victorians to old lime kilns that helped build San Francisco, Santa Cruz County has many unique and historical treasures waiting to be discovered, enjoyed, and sniffed – sniffed? Yes! Bring the pup along as you walk, wag, wine taste, and more through Santa Cruz County history. Read more...

Lake Tahoe, dog training, and you
Feb 10, 2022

Wild Blue What’s more fun than a week with your dog at Lake Tahoe? How about a package that bundles those adventures with dog training, accommodations and an opportunity to help pups in need? Summer and fall camps by Wild Blue Dogs combine play with purpose, offering an all-inclusive, action-packed week with other dog-lovers and their furry friends. Read more...

Fall for these dog-friendly waterfalls
February 3, 2022

Yes, we had a dry January, but the big storms in late December filled lakes and streams and created a hefty Sierra snowpack. The payoff: Waterfall season! Here are some late winter/early spring hikes with watery rewards at the end. Read more...

Snow dogs! Where to ruff it up in the white stuff
January 19, 2022

Dogs and people in snow

Those of us who live in California have to pinch ourselves in thanks for proximity to gorgeous mountain environments just day-trip distance away. Even if you don’t live in a snow zone, it’s easy enough to visit­—and no need to leave your four-legged sidekick behind. Read more.

Happy New Year and a tribute to our best friends

January 12, 2022

Happy New Year
The new year is like a blank book, and the pen is in your hand. Or, maybe it’s in the paw of your four-legged best friend. However you document your 2022 dreams, you can count on We’re the go-to guide for dog-friendly California travel, and we spark inspiration while spotlighting thousands of places and activities to enjoy with your furry family members.

We’ve been working like dogs recently, preparing to share more of our favorite hikes, beaches, waterfalls, mountains, parks, attractions, wineries, and, of course, pup-friendly places to stay and dine. You’ll find plenty to explore in the year ahead, all right here in our big backyard.

As we reflect on 2021, the DogTrekker family also wants to acknowledge and celebrate some of our best friends who recently crossed over the rainbow bridge. Read more.

Winter in Yosemite, the Tenaya Lodge way

December 16, 2021
Photo by Tenaya Lodge

Winter officially begins on December 21, but you wouldn’t know it by the snowflakes piling up throughout the Yosemite region. This beautiful region is home to a DogTrekker favorite, Tenaya Lodge. Located just two miles from the southern entrance to Yosemite National Park, Tenaya Lodge specializes in memorable winter moments for the entire family—including family members on four paws. Here’s how to enjoy a wonderful winter escape and all its seasonal adventures, luxury and family-friendly fun. Read more...

Happy Thanksgiving from DogTrekker, and lodging specials from our partners
November 18, 2021


Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude. This year, our dog and human families here at DogTrekker are thankful to have such a supportive, thoughtful, and responsive group of pup parents engaged with our California dog-travel stories and insight. We’re also thankful for the selfless support that DogTrekkers show dogs in the shelters we promote, either by providing new forever homes or by donating much-needed funds. Thank you for your generosity!

We're happy to share some terrific fall/winter specials from our premier lodging partners in Mendocino County and the North Coast. These hotels and motels go out of their way to make pups feel just as welcome as the humans who follow. This season, we encourage you to fetch a few of these barkingly great deals! Read more...

Saving Senior Dogs Week
October 26, 2021

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Join the DogTrekker challenge: Let's fund saving senior dogs!

At DogTrekker, we're guided by one simple mission: Leave no dog behind. By supporting California animal welfare organizations – including Lily's Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary in Petaluma, which finds homes for large-breed senior dogs, and San Francisco's Muttville, serving senior and special needs dogs – we're building a better world for all four-legged friends.
That's why we're thrilled to launch a new DogTrekker Challenge benefitting Saving Senior Dogs Week. This dog-gone good campaign raises awareness and funds for senior dog rescues nationwide, including seven groups here in California (click for a complete list). DogTrekker will donate $1,000 during this year's Saving Senior Dogs Week, October 25-31. Please join us and help organizers reach their $50,000 goal! Donate now. Read more...

Plan a pawsitively perfect getaway in Greater Palm Springs
October 20, 2021

Photo by Greater Palm Springs
Traveling with your four-legged best friend? With more than 300 days of sunshine each year, sprawling open spaces, and a welcoming atmosphere for people and pups alike, Greater Palm Springs is the perfect spot for your next getaway.

Bring Fido along for an unforgettable trip to this Southern California oasis, where pet-friendly activities and amenities abound—think early morning hikes, afternoons by the pool, and fine dining with a view. Read more...


Fall is prime wine time in California
October 14, 2021

Wine Time
Wine time with the pup

Visiting dog-friendly California wineries is a favorite DogTrekker activity. Even during the second year of the pandemic, summer saw crowded tasting rooms, packed patios and sold-out tours and special events.
With the advent of fall and the busy harvest and crush season winding down, things are calmer and there’s plenty of room for you and your pooch to relax and enjoy. Here are a few tips and insights on wine areas ripe for visiting. Read more...

Fall into Mendocino County
October 7, 2021

California travelers know fall is the ripe time to pack the hiking boots for an adventure in Northern California’s Mendocino County. As the barometer slides, the fog pulls away, corks pop and nature hits its seasonal migration stride.  
For families, you’ll find the most unique dog-friendly lodging properties anywhere in the state. Add in dozens of coastal and inland parks, lakes, hikes, vineyards, attractions and a powerful perch along 90 miles of Pacific Coastline, and you have the recipe for fall fun! Read more...

Yosemite Open Without Reservations
October 1, 2021

As of Friday, October 1, guests will no longer need advance reservations to enter Yosemite! And remember, you never need reservations to visit Yosemite’s Highway 140 gateway, magnificent Mariposa County.

In celebration of fall, our friends at Visit Yosemite Mariposa County have outlined a wonderful dog lover’s itinerary that helps you enjoy the best dog-friendly fun this region has to offer. You’ll find sunny days, cool nights, fewer crowds, and lots of tail-waggin' things to do. Now is the time to visit, you lucky dog! Read more...

Explore Sacramento’s ‘Big Back Yard’ with your pup
September 22, 2021

Bella visits the capitol, image courtesy of Duroncelet

As the seasons change and the smoke from Northern California wildfires gives way to crystal-blue skies, opportunities for exploring Sacramento and the destinations in its “big back yard” expand. Make the state capital your home base and take off from there. Here is the best of dog-friendly Sacramento and neighboring communities. Read more...

Surf's Up
September 9, 2021

If you think summer’s over because autumn begins in a few weeks, consider this: it’s really the sunniest time of year on the California coast. This is a season of great light, warm days and calm air along the Golden State’s shores. This long-tail summer, from now through early November, features sunny beaches and lots to do, including events and fun celebrations for the entire family. Here’s a DogTrekker sampling. Read more...

Four-paw accommodations: Pet-friendly Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
August 25, 2021

Anybody who has ever traveled with their canine companion knows that some accommodations are more dog-friendly than others. At Tenaya Lodge, you can fetch a trip you’ll both enjoy.
If you like adventuring with your dog and have always wanted to experience Yosemite National Park, then Tenaya Lodge is perfect. Read more...

DogTrekker turns 10. That's 70 in dog years!
August 12, 2021
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Yikes, can it be mid-summer already? As California opens up from its pandemic slumber, road trips are all the rage, and travelers are on the move with their pups. The top lodging choice for DogTrekkers this year are cabins and cottages. Here are some of our favorites. Read more...

Last chance to win a Stanford Inn DogCation®
July 29, 2021

The DogCation® is the most widely anticipated promotion in the history of DogTrekker. We celebrate summer with our annual Stanford Inn DogCation. Enter to win a two-night stay at the dog-passionate Stanford Inn by the Sea. Read more...

Best in show, Noyo Harbor Inn
July 14, 2021

Welcome to Fort Bragg, where dog-friendly rooms at the Noyo Harbor Inn overlook the tree-lined Noyo River. The inn features waterfront patio dining, spa services and authentic Craftsman details dating back more than a century. It also serves as an upscale home base for enjoying canoe routes, coastal trails, photo walks and Skunk Train rides. The historic line travels Mendocino County’s classic Redwood Route, providing a dog-friendly introduction to the region’s scenic highlights. Read more...

Redwoods, Railroads and Mendocino County magic
July 8, 2021

California Western Railroad has traveled through majestic Mendocino County redwoods for 135 years. Affectionately known as the “Skunk Train,” this celebrated attraction welcomes guests and their four-legged friends on five historic trains traveling two unforgettable routes. The experience anchors an array of dog-friendly adventures on California’s rugged North Coast, from sampling local brews in Fort Bragg, to hiking more than 20 state parks, beaches and reserves dotting Mendocino County. Punch your ticket and start planning today. Read more...

The best dog-friendly cabins
June 30, 2021

Yikes, can it be mid-summer already? As California opens up from its pandemic slumber, road trips are all the rage, and travelers are on the move with their pups. The top lodging choice for DogTrekkers this year are cabins and cottages. Here are some of our favorites. Read more...

Tap into adventure in Concord
June 9, 2021

Visit Concord

Set in the shadow of magnificent Mount Diablo, dog-friendly Concord is an under-the-radar East Bay gem. Jazz musician Dave Brubeck was born here. The popular Iron Horse Regional Trail winds through town.

Dog-friendly hiking paths unfold in every direction, and a new passport program in place through June 30 spotlights a thriving regional craft beer scene. Stay for a day or spend the weekend. Either way, Visit Concord shares engaging itineraries and suggestions for families traveling with four-legged friends. Read more...

Best Dog Hikes in Redding
June 2, 2021

Turtle Bay
Like to hike? You’re in luck in the Trail Capital of California, as Redding has so aptly branded itself. The city boasts about 80 miles of trails within its city limits and hundreds more within a 20-mile radius of its core.

Trails are free to all, and most are dog-friendly, which means the whole family can explore together. Remember to pack your camera, a few snacks and plenty of water. Before you put paws to path, request a free trails brochure or check out the virtual guides online. And as always, pack it in, pack it out, and Leave Only Paw Prints™! Read more...

Rest and Recharge in Coastal Mendocino
May 19, 2021

Stanford Inn
Fresh sea breezes. Fido-friendly paddling, pedaling and hiking. Local wine and produce plated hours after harvest. Simple suggestions for living well. Enjoy highlights like these at dog-passionate Stanford Inn by the Sea, a historic farm and eco-resort on the Mendocino coast. Tucked between old-growth trees and USDA-certified organic gardens, this dog-friendly destination weaves wellness, relaxation and only-in-California recreation into each stay. Here’s what to explore when you visit. Read more...

If It’s Summer, It Must Be Dog Camping Time May 6, 2021

As the weather warms up, the great outdoors calls. With COVID restrictions lifted somewhat and more and more recreational sites opening up, there’s a feeling of freedom in the air. Your dog is sure to feel it, too. So what are you waiting for? Prepare ahead of time, pack up your tent, your hikers and your pup and get out there! Of course, be sure to Leave Only Paw Prints™ Read more...

Best Hikes in Santa Cruz 
April 29, 2021

travel with dogs's recent reader poll ranked hiking as the #1 activity that you want to experience at destinations you visit in 2021. In a recent blog, our friends at Visit Santa Cruz, who also get the same requests, put together a list of hikes in Santa Cruz County that will really get those tails wagging. Here are a few of our favs, with links to many more. Read more...

Time to Get Your DogTrekking Show on the Road April 21, 2021

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After a year of color tiers and various stages of COVID lockdown, it’s time to get your dog show on the road. So, plan ahead using, make your reservations, download or update the DogTrekker mobile app, pack the leash, bowls, beds and whatever else your pup needs, and take off on a fun-filled road trip! Here are some of our favorites. Read more...

Yosemite is Open and Calling 
April 15, 2021

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Spring is here and Yosemite and Mariposa County are ready for you. The National Park Service is working to increase access to the park on a phased approach. Reservations are not currently required to drive into Yosemite, but will be required beginning May 21.That means that if you are staying outside of the park, you will need an advance reservation; which begin on April 21. Here is the complete guide from our friends at Read more...

Ready, Set, Zoom for the Rescues 
April 1, 2021

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OK, enough already about the over-abundance of Zoom calls, meetings, appointments and conferences we’ve had to sit through this past year. The silver lining for those of with pets: we've had our furry critters by our sides during most of the year! Read more...

Spring is Springing; Time to Put Paws to Path! March 11, 2021

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Wow, has it been a year already since COVID-19 came along and “shelter in place” orders and mask mandates were issued to keep us safe? A lot more is known now than then, and the bright side, as we wait for vaccinations and the gradual lifting of restrictions, is that we’re a lot more free to get out and about with our canine companions. Here are some suggestions for dog-friendly hikes this spring. Read more...

Sacramento's Dog-friendly Dining Scene Feb. 18, 2021

Sacramento’s restaurant scene, if not in full bloom, is at least budding again. No, you can’t yet eat indoors, but heated dining tents and patios have sprung up all over town, and with stay-at-home orders lifted and the weather generally mild, people (some accompanied by their dogs) are eating out again—socially distanced, of course. Here’s a sampling of some of our favorites. Pay them a visit with your pup and help save SAC restaurants!  Read more...

Finally, Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder! January 14, 2021

We all agree 2020 was a very tough year for travel, but there were a few bright spots. After working with many local health and other park jurisdictions in the South Lake Tahoe area, Wild Blue Dogs was given the go-ahead for their fall 2020 camp. Actually, the camp turned out to be the only operational Dog Camp in the USA. Utilizing the most advanced cleaning techniques and social distancing protocols, the camp did not have a single reported illness. Read more...

Get Out of Your COVID Rut With Some Dog-Friendly Snow Play! 2/3/2021 Snow Play

Woof-woof hooray! With Governor Newsom’s recent lifting of stay-at-home orders, California has recovered some of its dog-friendly mojo. While many COVID-19 restrictions are still in place (don’t take that mask off yet and stay safer at 6 feet), we can dine outdoors again (with our pups) and enjoy many aspects of the outdoors. Here’s a look at some possibilities for the month of February. Read more...

DogTrekker Season of Giving: Senior Mutts Need Homes Too 12/17/2020

Muttville Pup

All Donations Now Matched at Muttville! So many dogs are suffering and need your help right now. Some are the casualties of unavoidable tragedy – people who have lost homes, gotten sick, or died. Some are victims of neglect. No matter why a senior dog ends up in a shelter, their chances of ever getting out are not good. No matter how wonderful, senior dogs rarely make it out of shelters alive. Read more.

Support Those in Napa Valley Who Do the Heavy Lifting 12/10/2020

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DogTrekker has long promoted nearly 300 Napa Valley dog-friendly hotels, restaurants, wineries, attractions, and local services. As part of our mission to provide local and accurate listings, engaging travel content, and support for animal welfare organizations, we regularly feature a number of Napa Valley adoption, rescue, and shelter services, all that need financial assistance on an ongoing basis.

This year we are pleased to recommend CanDo's Napa Valley Give!Guide 2020 that supports a culture of year-end giving. This guide raises awareness of 57 local non-profits, both animal welfare-related and community-focused organizations. Over 2.3 million dollars has been raised through the guide in the past seven years by providing easy one-stop giving to these groups. Read more...

Color-Coded Outings With Your Dog - 11/25/2020

COlor Coded Outings
Yellow, orange, red or purple? Keeping up with ever-changing pandemic color codes and associated restrictions can be confusing, but your dog doesn’t care: She just wants to be with you, whether for an hour, a weekend or more. In Northern California, we have limitless options for safe, dog-friendly getaways. So leash up, keep an eye on the rules, get out and enjoy our big Bay Area backyard. Read more...

Dog, You've Earned a Yosemite Vacation 10/29/2020

Dog in Mountains

Photo: Lauren Burtz

Autumn is in full swing in Mariposa County, home of Yosemite National Park. The great news for DogTrekkers is that the park is open and the vehicle reservations required during the pandemic are no longer needed as of November 1. Read more...

Dogs in the Vineyards 10/15/2020

Dogs in the Vineyards - Dog Photo

October is’s official winery month, covering not only the “usual suspects” around the Bay Area, but smaller, more out-of-the-way destinations you may not have heard of or explored. The California wine community is taking extra precautions this year to keep visitors, residents, employees and their families safe and healthy during the pandemic. Read more...

Put Your Pup on Cruz Control 10/8/2020

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The change of seasons brings shorter days—and, perhaps, a sense of urgency to score a little “away” time following six months of pandemic travel restriction. What better place than Santa Cruz? Fresh air, pounding surf and dog-friendly activities abound. Read more...

The Air is Clearing 9/17/2020

Fire Trucks
For avid DogTrekkers, late summer and early fall have been difficult, to say the least. Coming on the heels of the ongoing pandemic, fires throughout the state have impacted many Californians with some of the worst air quality in the world! Read more...

Digging the Gold Country With Your Dog 8/20/2020

Digging the Gold Country of California

By now we all know the COVID-19 drill: Mask up, wash your hands, maintain at least 6 feet of social distance, etc. But with summer in full flush, DogTrekkers are getting restless. And so, after months of staying close to home, it’s time to hatch, of course with caution!  Gold Country welcomes responsible visitors, dogs included. Here’s a sampling of places to go and things to do during the time of COVID-19 in California’s Gold Country,  An Amazing American Road Trip! Read more...

Support Our Rescue Community, Virtually for Now 8/6/2020

DogTrekkers are a giving bunch as witnessed by their support for the adoption/rescue community through donations, volunteering and attendance at adoptathons and other special events during the year. Unfortunately, during the pandemic, many of these events have had to be canceled or postponed. The good news, and for now the new normal, is that many organizations have moved to staging virtual events. Here are some upcoming fundraisers DogTrekker recommends, virtually. Read more...

Mendocino County: Connect with Your Inner Dog 07/15/2020
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As Californians begin hatching from months of staying at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the itch to travel (safely) is growing stronger. Mendocino County is one destination that’s cautiously reopening to visitors. Their “Clean and Safe” commitment (download #SafeMendocino Visitor Guide)  is geared to responsible travelers—including those accompanied by four-legged friends—who long to connect with nature, scenery and fresh, clean air. Read more...

Four Dog-friendly Activities in Yosemite Mariposa County 10/9/2020

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We all know that Yosemite National Park is a great destination for you and your dog to visit, but an even better destination is Mariposa County, the home to Yosemite National Park. Read more...

Concord is Ready When You and Your Dog Are 7/1/2020

Ready to get paws outta Dodge?  You’ll find a multi-faceted, drive-distance gem in the East Bay in the community of Concord, which is slowly and safely reopening to visitors after months in various phases of lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Visit this Mount Diablo Region town for a day or come for a weekend; either way, you’ll find a variety of places and spaces to explore, with the safety of visitors and locals a top priority everywhere. Read more...

California Coastal Beaches Now Reopening 06/25/2020
Summer is here and as California begins to open up its coastal beaches, state and local officials urge all visitors to continue to practice social distancing to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 for you, your family and the dedicated park staff that is working hard to provide us with these important outdoor experiences. Read more...

Ready for Redding? You and Your Furry Friend Are Welcome Back 6/18/2020

Shasta Dog
After almost four months in lockdown, Californians are ready to roam—and Redding, nucleus of the eight-county Shasta Cascade Region, is ready to welcome DogTrekking visitors back. Wide-open spaces and clean air await, and dog-friendly businesses are open with new sets of procedures aimed at keeping customers safe. From scenic trails and gushing waterfalls to comfy lodging and gorgeous lakes, it's all waiting for you and yours to put paws to path! Read more...


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