Pets in Yosemite Park

Pets are allowed in Yosemite National Park, but to ensure that pets and Yosemite wildlife are protected from disease and from each other there are several important regulations.

In Yosemite, pets are allowed on fully paved trails and roads, on a leash 6 feet or shorter, and can not be left unattended.  Unattended pets in Yosemite National Park can be attacked by local wildlife, so keep them with you.  Pet owners are also responsible for making sure that their pet does not damage the park, pollute water sources or endanger or injure any wildlife.  Please be a responsible pet owner and clean up after your pet. 

Pets are NOT allowed on unpaved or poorly paved trails, except for the Meadow Loop and Four Mile fire roads in Wawona, on the Carlson Road, and on the Old Big Oak Flat Road between Hodgdon Meadow and Hazel Green Creek.  In addition, while in Yosemite, pets are also NOT allowed in the backcountry, beaches, meadows, shuttle buses, or in public buildings.

Most of Yosemite’s 13 campgrounds allow pets.  The exception is walk-in campground Camp 4.

Concessioner lodging within the park does NOT allow pets, but Tenaya Lodge, located just outside the park on Highway 41 has many pet-friendly services

A kennel is available at the Yosemite Valley Stable from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  Plan ahead if you intend to use this service.  Written proof of immunizations (rabies, distemper, parvo, and bordetella) must be provided.  Dogs must be at least 20 pounds. Smaller dogs may be considered if you provide a small kennel of their own.  Pets are boarded in the day time only and food is not allowed due to wildlife management concerns.  To make reservations or find out more about boarding your pets in Yosemite Park, please call (209) 372-8348. Cost: $9.50/day. The kennel opens May 23, 2014.