Yosemite National Park

Tioga Pass Rd, California

Pets are only allowed:

  • in developed areas

  • on fully paved roads, sidewalks, and bicycle paths (except when signed as not allowing pets)

  • in all campgrounds except walk-in campgrounds (e.g., Camp 4) and in group campsites.

Pets are not permitted:

  • on trails, including the trail to Vernal Fall (however, pets are allowed on the Wawona Meadow Loop)

  • on unplowed roads covered in snow

  • in undeveloped and wilderness areas

  • in public buildings

  • on shuttle buses

  • in lodging areas

  • in all walk-in and group campgrounds/campsites, including Camp 4

  • in any other areas, as signed

Before You Go Exploring in the USA

For a discussion on state law regarding cats, see here.

Most locations require pets to be on a leash less than 6 feet long. 

Typically pets are not permitted in public buildings.

National Parks

Unlike Australia, pets are welcome in National Parks in America

Cats are welcome:

  • in developed areas

  • on many trails and campgrounds

  • in some lodging facilities

Cats must be restrained, either on a leash (not exceeding 6 feet in length) or caged/crated.

Pets are not permitted:

  • in public buildings

  • public transport

  • designated swimming beaches

National Forests

Cats are allowed in national forests, but must be kept on leash (less than 6 feet in length) while in developed recreation areas and interpretive trails.

Cats are not permitted in swimming areas.