Simply book your pet-friendly cabin in Wawona with The Redwoods In Yosemite.
Although there are several pet-friendly places to stay outside the park boundary, none of the hotels inside the park, like The Ahwhanee, Yosemite Valley Lodge, Curry Village, or Wawona Hotel, allow pets. Fortunately, The Redwoods In Yosemite has many fully-equipped vacation rental cabins, located inside the park in the community of Wawona, so you can stay in the park, close to Yosemite’s marvelous scenery with your pup in tow.
These pet friendly vacation homes accommodate up to 10 guests in up to 4 bedrooms. Homes are privately owned and reflect the owner’s tastes and requirements. Every home has a fully-equipped kitchen with a microwave, coffeemaker, toaster, and housewares, bed and bath linens, heat system, and deck with barbecue, so you can make yourself at home. Additional amenities available in select homes include a telephone, TV/VCR, satellite television system, game room, gas grill, dishwasher, and hot tub.
Just use the convenient “pets” filter to make finding pet-friendly properties easy. Or you can scan the list below for a cabin that best fits your needs. (Choose Filters to choose amenities that are important to you.)
There is a $60 charge per pet, per night (two pets maximum). Service animals are always allowed and welcome. There is no extra charge for a service animal.
Looking for more information on Yosemite National Park pet policies? There’s more information below the listings of pet-friendly cabins to choose from.
Yosemite National Park Pet Policies
Pets are allowed in Yosemite National Park. There are some restrictions and regulations that will ensure that your pet and Yosemite wildlife are protected from disease and from each other.
- Bag your pet’s waste
- Always leash your pet
- Respect wildlife
- Know where you can go
Inside the Park, pets are allowed on most fully paved trails and roads, on a leash 6 feet or shorter, and cannot be left unattended. So, keep your furry family members on a short leash and off unpaved or poorly paved trails.
Longer Dog-Friendly Trails in Yosemite
- Wawona Meadow Loop Trail – This quiet 3.5 mile (5.6km) meadow loop in Wawona is close to the cabins at The Redwoods In Yosemite, and is a perfect place for a morning or evening walk. Keep your eyes open for wildflowers in the spring!
- Chowchilla Mountain Road in Wawona – Rather than making the loop around Wawona Meadow, you can also take Fido on a walk up the quiet dirt roads starting at Chowchilla Mountain Road. This is an out and back – so just turn around when you’re ready.
- Bike Trails in Yosemite Valley – You can take your dog on the bike trails leading from Yosemite Valley Lodge all the way to Curry Village. Although the bike trails aren’t far from Valley roads, being able to stretch your legs and take in Yosemite Valley’s iconic scenery at your own pace is its own joy.
- Old Big Oak Flat Road in the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias – Start at the parking lot at the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, and stick to the main road through the grove. Remember to stay off the side loops where your pet is not allowed and enjoy the ancient wisdom of these giant trees. This trail continues 5.4 miles (8.7 km) to Hogdgon Meadows Campground, so venture out and then turn around when you’re ready.
- The Carlon Road from Evergreen Road to Hodgdon Meadow Campground – You could also combine this section of trail with the one from the Tuolumne Grove, but most people will start at Evergreen Road and walk the 1.5 miles (2.4 km) to Hodgdon Meadow Campground from this end. Note: this trail is different than the one leading to Carlon Falls, where pets are not allowed.
Short Trails For You and Your Pet
- Bridalveil Fall – The short walk to the base of Bridalveil Fall in Yosemite Valley is pet-friendly. During peak spring flow, plan to get wet from the waterfall’s mist on this trail!
- Lower Yosemite Fall Loop – This 1.5-mile (2.4 km) pet-friendly loop is a popular walk to the bottom of Lower Yosemite Fall.
- Cook’s Meadow Loop – Extend that Lower Yosemite Fall Loop with a 1-mile-long (1.6 km) loop out into Cook’s Meadow for views of Half Dome and Sentinel Rock as well as Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls.
- 1st Mile of the Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail – the first mile of the trail to Mirror Lake is paved and pet-friendly. Beyond Mirror Lake, the pavement ends and you’ll need to turn around, but not before you’ve had a chance to walk along the Merced River with Half Dome looming above. In spring, there are picturesque reflections of Mt. Watkins in Mirror Lake. In summer, Mirror Lake dries out and becomes a lovely meadow area. This, unfortunately, is out-of-bounds for pets to play in, but lovely to see anyway.
- Glacier Point – Dogs are welcome on the short paved trails leading out to Glacier Point too. You’ll love looking down into Yosemite Valley from above, the famous view of Half Dome, and glimpses of Vernal and Nevada Falls far below.
- Tunnel View – Ok – so this isn’t really a trail, but we recommend stopping to enjoy this iconic view of Yosemite Valley with your favorite pup. It’s on Highway 41 on your way to Yosemite Valley.
Where Pets are Not Allowed
Inside the Park, pets are NOT allowed in the backcountry/wilderness areas, on beaches, meadows, shuttle buses, or in lodging areas or public buildings.
With the exception of the trails listed above, pets are NOT allowed on most trails in Yosemite including the paved trail toward Vernal Fall – even if they are carried (in your arms, in strollers, carriers or in backpacks).
A Note on Service Animals
Dogs classified as service animals are trained to perform specific tasks to assist people with disabilities. Service dogs are legally permitted anywhere visitors can go. However, emotional support, therapy and companion animals, as well as service animals in training are NOT service animals and need to abide by regular pet regulations.
More Tips on Caring for Your Pet in Yosemite
- Summertime temperatures can be extra tough on our 4-legged family. Make sure you carry extra water, snacks, and paw protection from the hot pavement.
- Harmful algal blooms (HABs) can be a problem especially with slow-flowing or stagnant water, and high temperatures. These blooms of algae or cyanobacteria produce toxic compounds that can make your pet sick if they drink the water (or lick water from their fur) or via skin contact if they play or swim in contaminated water.
- Some wildlife can become aggressive in the presence of pets. Make sure you give wildlife extra space when your pet is with you.
- Rabies and distemper have both been detected in park wildlife. Protect your pawsome pals by making sure they are fully vaccinated.