Visitors love exploring the little western town of Mariposa, California, lying in the shadow of the great Sierra Nevada Mountains, surrounded by towering pines and close to Yosemite National Park.
Mariposa was literally born out of the California Gold Rush as countless people flooded to the area in search of that golden nugget that would bring them fame and fortune. This interesting town is the perfect base camp for your vacation as it offers easy access to Yosemite National Park.
Mariposa California is located at the junction of Highways 49 and 140, 29 miles southwest of Yosemite National Park.
Mariposa provides a wide array of dining and lodging options for visitors.
For accommodations, choose between traditional motel and hotel chains or find a family-owned inn or mountain resort suite. Mariposa and the surrounding area have much to offer those on vacation.
Dining options in Mariposa range from fine dining to fast foods. There are plenty of taste treats to keep you happy during your stay.
The country roads around Mariposa offer a great experience to get off the beaten path and discover California on a bike.
The Merced River has year round catch and release fishing, with amazing views as a backdrop to your fishing excursion.
Whitewater rafting on the Merced River is a way to get the adrenalin pumping. It’s an exciting way to spend an afternoon.
You’ll discover some nice picnic areas along Highway 140 all the way to Yosemite. Stop for a lunch on your way to the park.
There are many campgrounds along Highway 140 and in various spots around Mariposa. You can find camping accommodations at the Fairgrounds in town too.
- Old Stone Jail
Discover interesting history at this original jail from 1858, 33 feet by 26 feet, with only bars, no glass windows and no method of heating.
- Mariposa Museum and History Center
The museum contains award-winning displays and wonderful collections of historical artifacts. View a bark teepee, mining equipment and historic buildings.
- Mariposa Arts Park
Enjoy the free concerts every Friday and Saturday in the summer at this lovely park. Wander the walkways and feel the tranquility of this oasis of nature and culture.
To get to Yosemite from Mariposa, California, simply take California Highway 140 directly into the park. It’s a 38-minute drive.