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6 Things To Do With Your Dog Near Yosemite

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For your next trip to California, bring along your four-legged friend and enjoy these 6 things to do with your dog near Yosemite.

  1. Enjoy a meal and drinks at the Groveland Hotel on the dog friendly garden patio. There is a multilevel patio where your four-legged family member is welcome. They will be happy to provide delicious Hetch Hetchy water for your pet.
  2. Walk the historic Hetch Hetchy Railroad. The line was based in in Groveland and operated from 1917 to 1949. You can see the old railroad grade just across the street from The Groveland Hotel. This trail can also be picked up at Mary Laveroni Park.
  3. Clifton Road Walk – Just a short 10-minute drive from the Groveland Hotel, you can enjoy a trek on the outskirts of Pine Mountain Lake, where the “big” dogs roam. Take a left on Ferretti Road just ¼ of a mile from the hotel heading East. Just 6.2 miles on the right you will see Clifton Road. This is a lovely walk on the edge of wilderness that leads to a large pond.
  4. Rainbow Pools are a delight no matter how many feet you plan to splash! This is a great place for dogs and their people to go for a swim. Rainbow Pools are natural swimming holes along the south fork of the Tuolumne River, where one can dip their feet, take a plunge, or just watch the divers.  Originally a Toll Stop on the Big Oak Flat Road to Yosemite, and later a resort development, the area is now a popular picnic, swimming, hiking, and fishing spot. Located just 13.7 miles out of town on Hwy 120 toward Yosemite.
  5. Stanislaus National Forest is right out our back door. The Little Golden Forest Trail near the Groveland Ranger District Office is a great walk with your travel companion. Lumsden, off Ferretti Rd, is right on the Tuolumne river. This, however, does have quite a drive down into the Tuolumne River canyon on a road that maybe only one lane at times. The rules and regulations within the national forest spaces are much more pet-friendly in comparison to national parks and are encouraging dog owners to bring along their pets.
  6. In Yosemite leashed pets are allowed on most fully paved roads, sidewalks and bicycle paths and in most developed areas unless there is a sign that specifically forbids them, like on the trail to Vernal Fall.  You can see many of the key places you’ve heard of like Half Dome, Bridalveil Fall and Yosemite Falls from the paved trails within Yosemite Valley. The short walk to the base of Bridalveil Fall is pet-friendly. Lower Yosemite Fall Loop is another popular walk with an incredible waterfall view. Extend the Lower Yosemite Fall Loop with a stroll around Cook’s Meadow. On this loop you will get another great view of Yosemite Falls, plus views of Half Dome and Sentinel Rock. Leashed dogs are also allowed on the paved trails leading out to Glacier Point. Another dog-friendly hike is the first paved mile out to Mirror Lake/Mirror Meadow below Half Dome. The main trail through the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias is part of the old Big Oak Flat Road and is open to dogs all the way through to the Hodgdon Meadows Campground. Carlon Road from Evergreen Road to Hodgdon Meadow Campground (1.5 miles, 2.4 km one way) is another quiet pet-friendly hike. Note: this trail is different than the one that leads to Carlon Falls, where pets are not allowed.

Make sure to book your room at the Groveland Hotel in one of our pet friendly rooms and you dog will be pampered with a homemade dog treat upon arrival!

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Summer Menu

Small Bites & Shares

Southwest Chicken Spring Rolls with Pico de Gallo $12

Vegetable Samosas with cilantro chutney $12

Heirloom Tomato Flatbreads with grape tomato, mozzarella, pecorino, pesto, balsamic reduction $14

Grilled Chicken Wings with teriyaki, pineapple pepper relish, scallions, peanuts $14

Truffle and Parmesan French Fries with garlic aioli $11

Charcuterie and Cheese Plate with mostarda, crackers, whole grain mustard $16



Fiesta Salad with romaine, Pico de Gallo, black beans, avocado, pepper jack cheese, chipotle ranch $13

House Caesar Salad with parmesan crisps, garlicky croutons, lemon Caesar dressing $12

Artisan Salad with apple, celery, dried apricots, cucumber, pumpkin seed vinaigrette $12

*Add Shrimp +$14, Chicken +$10, Steak +$14, or Salmon +$12



Vegetarian Orecchiette Pasta $24

with Spring vegetables, tomato coulis, pecorino Romano

Fried Chicken Sliders $22

with brioche bun, sweet pickles, coleslaw, chipotle mayo and house fries

Wagyu Burger Sliders $24

with aged cheddar, brioche bun, mustard aioli, romaine lettuce and house fries

Blackened Chicken Tacos $24

with flour tortilla, jack cheese, black bean aioli, mango salsa and tortilla chips

Pan Roasted Salmon $32 

with cous-cous tabouleh, seasonal vegetable, citrus vinaigrette

Jumbo Shrimp and Potato Gnocchi $34 

with English peas, mushrooms, heirloom tomato, lemon butter sauce

Grilled Steak Frittes $42

with Prime NY strip, house fries, chimi churi sauce



Room 110 is situated at the back of the hotel in the Annex building on the lower floor.  This cozy room features a queen bed, with a large private bathroom containing a tub/shower.  This room accommodates two guests. This is a pet-friendly room.

Accessibility Features: Entry door is 32” wide; there is an outlet within 4’ of the telephone jack; the door lock is located 44” from the floor; there is more than 36” of room to the right side of the bed; hangers are located 53” off the ground.  Currently, the door handle is a historic twist knob, but we are working with our locksmith to replace this with a levered handle that can easily be operated with one hand and without tight grasping, pinching or twisting the wrist.

The bathroom has room to do a t-turn; the toilet seat is 18” off the ground and has a grab bar located behind the toilet; the wash basin is 30” off the ground with insulated pipes; the wash basin faucet is easy to operate with one hand without tight grasping, pinching or twisting of the wrist; the towel racks are 46” off the floor; the bathroom floors are slip resistant.  There are no grab bars on an adjacent wall in the bathroom for the toilet as there is not an adjacent wall to place them on. 

The tub has faucet controls positioned at the center of the end wall and open side of the tub; faucet can easily be turned on and off with one hand without tight grasping, pinching or twisting the wrist; there is a grab bar at the foot of the tub and at the head of the tub; and there are two 40” grab bars alongside the tub to serve for low and high needs.  The fixtures in the bathtub are historic and therefore we do not have a 60” hand held shower wand.

Due to the historic nature of our property, our rooms are fairly small, therefore we are unable to provide 36” around both sides and the foot of the bed.  However, we do provide full clearance between the door and the right side of the bed.

You can book this room online or please call us 24 hours/7 days a week at 209-962-4000 or email us at guestservices@groveland.com and we would be happy to find the room that most meets your needs.  

Pet Friendly

Your search for pet-friendly vacation lodging near Yosemite National Park ends here.  Our four-legged guests love the Groveland Hotel as much as our two-legged ones!  We’re happy to offer select pet-friendly rooms, located on the first floor, for your stay in Groveland, California.  The pet fee is $75 per reservation, with a limit of one pet per guest.  We welcome pets 60 lbs or less.

For dog-friendly activities near the Groveland Hotel, we recommend a walk along the Hetch Hetchy Railroad or going for a refreshing dip in the pet-friendly Rainbow Pools swimming hole.  If you are heading into Yosemite National Park, check their website for pet rules and restrictions.

Looking for a local dog sitter/boarder where you can keep your dogs for the day while exploring Yosemite?  There is a great nearby facility called Big Creek Boarding.