Yosemite National Park Wildlife And Your Pet

Yosemite National Park wildlife will go after your pets. So if you come with a dog or other beloved animal, I recommend that you follow the park rules and keep them on a leash. Never leave your pet unattended.

Yosemite National Park facilities do include a kennel. We have put our dog in the open air kennel at the horse stables in Yosemite Valley. It is only open during the summer months and dogs must weigh at least 10 pounds to be boarded here.

I think that the open air kennel is the perfect place to leave your pet if you want to go on any Yosemite hikes.

Jake takes our dog Roxy to Glacier Point

Pets are not allowed to hike with you on and of the Yosemite hiking trails. In the summer months pets are allowed to stay with you if you are staying at the following campgrounds: Upper Pines, Wawona, Bridalveil Creek, Hodgdon Meadow, Crane Flat, White Wold, Yosemite Creek and up in Tuolumne Meadows.

In the winter months your pet is only allowed in these campgrounds: Upper Pines, Wawona and Hodgdon Meadow.

All of our pets must be on a leash, no longer than 6 feet, at all times while they are in Yosemite National Park. You may take your pet for a walk on any of the bike trails or paved roads in Yosemite. But none of our pets are not allowed in any of the buildings.

You absolutely may not leave your pet alone in the campground or in your vehicle.

I have seen the rangers regularly check campgrounds and parked vehicles for pets and food. Why? Because pets and their food  the bears! If you violate either rule, there is an expensive fine.

We have taken our little dog, Roxy, to Yosemite with us several times. She loves coming and we love having her with us. We followed the park rules and have never had a problem. The last thing we want is for her to be a meal for any of the Yosemite National Park wildlife:)


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