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Our lives today are busier than ever. Vacation is one of the few times where you can reconnect with the entire family including the four-legged variety. Instead of leaving your favorite furry friend at home or in a kennel, why not bring them on vacation too! Here are a few dog friendly trip ideas in the High Sierra.

Tails of the Wine

Learn more about the Yosemite Wine Tails

Yosemite Wine Tails Dog Friendly Trip Ideas in the High Sierra
Image appears courtesy: Visit Yosemite | Madera County

Are you a wine drinkin’ pet owner? Then Yosemite Wine Tails is your heaven! It’s a socially conscious wine bar that is dog friendly too. When you visit, you’ll get a chance to try one-of-a-kind California branded wines and beers that aren’t found in your local grocery store. And, for your canine buddy, they offer specialty dog treats such as cookies, cupcakes and a recirculating water fountain. Talk about a great way to spend an afternoon after an adventure in Yosemite. For more about places to stay & play that are dog friendly, check out the Visit Yosemite | Madera County website.

Sniff Your Way Through History

Learn more about the Briceburg Hiking Trail West

Briceburg Hiking Trail West Dog Friendly Trip Ideas in the High Sierra
Image appears courtesy: Visit Yosemite – Mariposa

The rushing water of the Merced River provides the perfect background melody as you and your four-legged friend explore the flora & fauna of the Briceburg hiking trail west. From wild roses to artifacts from the bygone era of mining, you’ll both have a great time stretching your legs and stimulating your senses. Check out the Yosemite Mariposa website for more dog friendly adventure ideas.

Canine Dedication & Oak Preservation

Learn more about Mooney Grove Park

Mooney Grove Park Dog Friendly Trip Ideas in the High Sierra
Image appears courtesy: Visit Visalia

If it wasn’t for visionaries like Teddy Roosevelt setting aside land to preserve for future generations, we wouldn’t be able to see natural attractions like the General Sherman Tree. One of these conservationists in Visalia was Hugh Mooney. In 1909, he set aside 100 acres of his ranch as a preserve for the magnificent Oak giants the valley is known for. Nearly a century later in 2006, a statue depicting Hugh Mooney & his favorite hunting dog were dedicated by the Tulare County Historical Society. Wouldn’t we all want to be remembered with our favorite friend?

Leap into the Past

Learn more about the Columbia State Historic Park

Columbia State Historic Park Dog Friendly Trip Ideas in the High Sierra
Image appears courtesy: Visit Tuolomne

Travel back in time to the sights, smells and sounds of a nineteenth century mining town by exploring Columbia State Historic Park. From here, you can treat your pooch to a ride in a reproduction Wells Fargo stagecoach on the Quartz Mountain Stage Line. Afterwards, stroll through town & see merchants dressed in 1850’s attire, smell a hint of coal smoke from the blacksmith shop and taste locally made sarsaparilla. Check out the Visit Tuolomne website for more pet friendly trip ideas.

These are just a few of the adventures you can have with your pup in the High Sierra. The opportunities are endless and each region is host to a large assortment of places to stay and eat. So, the next time your thinking of an adventure with your furry friend, come visit the California High Sierra.

Author: Alex Silgalis

Alex Silgalis is an outdoors travel writer who enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, or having a cold one from a local mountain brewery. See more of Alex’s work at

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