Best Pet-Friendly Camping Spots In Los Angeles

August 6, 2017 5:00 AM

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Summer is here, and the weather is perfect for family outings. For the outdoorsy type, summer is an opportune time to get back to nature and go camping. But what if one of the family members happens to be a dog? Not to worry, there are some amazing campgrounds in the greater Los Angeles area that allow dogs. Challenging trails, scenic views and loads of fun await you, your family and furry companions. Check them out.

Rock Creek Lake
Bishop, CA 93515
Inyo National Forest
(760) 873-2500

Located near Bishop and Mammoth Lakes, the Rock Creek Lake campground has been a favorite site for families both big and small. With an elevation of 9,600 feet giving spectacular mountain views, there are lots of challenging and beautiful trails. Rock Creek Lake accommodates both RV and tent-only campers with sites on the banks of the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. The campgrounds are super dog friendly and dogs of all sizes, accompanied on a leash, are permitted on all trails. No need to worry about the bears and mountain lions. The black bears have proven to be afraid of dogs and the mountain lions are too full from their natural prey to be bothered.

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Hume Lake Campground
64144 Hume Lake Rd.
Hume, CA 93628
(559) 335-2232

With year-round recreation, Hume Lake is one of Sequoia National Forest’s most visited campgrounds. From hiking and biking to fishing and canoeing to snowshoeing and cross country skiing, Hume Lake has something you and your dog will enjoy. Of course, activities are limited for canine participation but your four legged friend is welcomed on all the trails and campgrounds. Hume Lake sits at the base of Sierra Nevada. The forest is 1.1 million acres with an elevation from 1,000 to 12,000 feet. Waterfalls, Jeffrey pines and giant sequoias are abundant in this spectacular piece of California.

Dinkey Creek
53001 Dinkey Creek Rd.
Shaver Lake, CA 93664
(559) 841-2705

Another pet friendly camping site is Dinkey Creek. Positioned perfectly amidst Ponderosa pines, streams and breathtaking mountain scenery, Dinkey Creek is a perfect getaway for you and your dog. There’s lots of hiking trails, fishing, swimming and biking to do at Dinkey Creek. There are group, standard or tent-only sites but are far from roughing it with an amphitheater, fire grills, fresh drinking water and bathrooms. There are also two swimming areas. Dogs are welcome and allowed pretty much everywhere as long as they are on a leash and proof of up-to-date vaccines can be presented.

Cloverdale Healdsburg KOA
1166 Asti Ridge Rd.
Cloverdale, CA 95425
(707) 894-3337

Perhaps you and your accompanying pooch love camping but aren’t a fan of roughing it. Cloverdale Healdburg KOA camping resort might be more your speed. Open year round, you, your family and your dog can pitch a tent, cruise up in an RV or nestle into one of the many cabins and lodges within the gorgeous 60 acres of Alexander Valley. There are towering redwood to see, the Lake Sonoma or the Russian River to swim and tube in, bike and hiking trails to explore and wineries to visit.  

Kirk Creek Campground
Hwy 1
Big Sur, CA, US 93465
(805) 434-1996

Instead of heading into the woods with your canine, head towards the ocean! Kirk Creek has 34 bluff side campsites with incredible views of the Pacific ocean. Dogs are allowed on the beaches and trails, but must be on a leash no longer than six feet and proof of up-to-date vaccine records must be presented. Venture into the Ventura Wilderness and explore the Los Padres National Forest or take a quick drive to Sand Dollar Beach for some swimming and surfing. If you’re lucky, you might even get to see migrating whales. Ticks seem to be the biggest hazard for your pet at this campsite so topical sprays, treatments and/or repellents are your dogs best protection against them.

*If you are considering taking your dog camping with you, here are some tips for keeping Fido happy.

  • Include supplies and gear for your dog as well (food bowls, favorite toy, and poop bags-yes you will have to pick up even in the woods).
  • Your food and water supply should include rations for your dog.
  • Appropriate canine apparel for the weather and a reflective collar or vest in case you and your best friend get separated in the wilderness. Booties are also a great idea if you plan on doing a lot of hiking.
  • A first aid kit should include items for your dog in case of injury. You should also know where the closest vet is in case of snakebite and more extensive injuries. 
  • Dogs are also susceptible to altitude changes and may develop altitude sickness. You should allow your dog time to gradually acclimate.
  • It is also essential to have your dog up-to-date on shots. Most campsites require you show vet records.
  • Always check your dog for burrs, foxtails and ticks after hiking.
  • And it is not recommended to bring your dog if she is in heat.

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Kristine G. Bottone is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at