Mariposa

Travel Guide
Mariposa showing mountains and tranquil scenes

Experience the welcoming community spirit and Gold Rush history in this town at the edge of Yosemite National Park and all its natural wonders.

Visit the easygoing town of Mariposa, a popular layover for travelers on the way to Yosemite Valley’s spectacular wilderness. Mariposa got its start in 1849 as a gold mining settlement. At the heart of Mariposa County, it is the southernmost town on California’s historic Gold Rush Trail.

Wander along the streets of the Historic Old Town, which retains some appearances of the bygone Gold Rush era. Find hotels, restaurants and shops housed in 19th-century wooden buildings characterized by their colorful façades and shuttered windows. Spot architectural landmarks such as Mariposa County’s Old Stone Jail and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Inaugurated in 1854, Mariposa County Courthouse is California’s oldest courthouse still in operation.

Browse collections of mining artifacts and examples of indigenous dwellings at Mariposa Museum and History Center. The California State Mining and Mineral Museum delves deeper into the town’s mining history, offering an impressive display of gold, gems and minerals. See works of local artists at the Sierra Artists Gallery.

Enjoy a gentle stroll along Mariposa Creek Pathway, a scenic trail bordered by native California plants. It cuts through Mariposa Arts Park, which hosts free concerts during the summer. Spend an afternoon at Mariposa County Park, a wooded area with barbecue grills, picnic tables, tennis courts and a skate park. Ride amusement attractions, attend a rodeo and watch a demolition derby at September’s Mariposa County Fair.

Come to Yosemite Ziplines and Adventure Ranch for some family fun. Travel above the treetops on a zip line, challenge your agility on an aerial rope course, pan for gold and participate in a Wild West shootout. Experience California’s acclaimed viniculture with a tour and tasting session at Butterfly Creek Winery.

Reach Mariposa by flying to San Francisco International Airport, about 170 miles (270 kilometers) to the west, and renting a car. Mariposa County incorporates Yosemite Valley, the majestic heart of Yosemite National Park. Extend your trip to discover hiking trails, imposing granite cliffs and waterfalls, forming some of the most spectacular U.S. scenery.

The Yosemite Inn
The Yosemite Inn
2 out of 5
5180 Jones St. & Highway 140, Mariposa, CA
The price is AU$110 per night from 7 Feb. to 8 Feb.
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mariposa County Visitor Center and Mariposa Museum and History Center. Mariposa ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (382 reviews)
"The only issue that I had was that the shower didn't work particularly well. The staff at the front desk were great."

Reviewed on 24 Jan. 2022

The Yosemite Inn
AutoCamp Yosemite
AutoCamp Yosemite
3.5 out of 5
6323 CA-140, Mariposa, CA
The price is AU$318 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.
Situated in the mountains, this lodge is 7.1 mi (11.4 km) from Butterfly Creek Winery, and within 32 mi (52 km) of Yosemite National Park and Yosemite Arch Rock ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (242 reviews)
"Spent our anniversary here and Autocamp did not disappoint! They thought of everything. Even surprised me and hubby with wine and smores kit. You absolutely do not need to bring anything but food and drinks. We will be returning with kids soon! The only thing I did not like was the PM staff letting ..."

Reviewed on 21 Jan. 2022

AutoCamp Yosemite
The Monarch Inn
The Monarch Inn
2 out of 5
5059 Highway 140, Mariposa, CA
The price is AU$122 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.
Located in the heart of Mariposa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mariposa County Courthouse, Mariposa County's Old Stone Jail and Mariposa Museum and ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (251 reviews)
"Clean and well maintained property in a walkable to dining location. Front desk is helpful but was understaffed probably due to covid."

Reviewed on 5 Jan. 2022

The Monarch Inn
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Newly Restored Private Yosemite Mountain Getaway On 40 Acres!
Newly Restored Private Yosemite Mountain Getaway On 40 Acres!
4808 Buckingham Mountain Road, Mariposa, CA
The price is AU$636 per night from 28 Jan. to 29 Jan.
This family-friendly Mariposa holiday home is located on the waterfront, 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Sierra National Forest, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Mariposa Museum ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (54 reviews)
Thanksgiving
"Nice property in a remote location but able to easily get to Yosemite."

Reviewed on 15 Dec. 2021

Newly Restored Private Yosemite Mountain Getaway On 40 Acres!
Brand New Construction Aug. 2019 Sugar Pine Cabin in beautiful Mariposa Pines
Brand New Construction Aug. 2019 Sugar Pine Cabin in beautiful Mariposa Pines
7096 Hites Cove Road, Mariposa, CA
Located on the riverfront, this family-friendly holiday home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Sierra National Forest and 8.2 mi (13.2 km) from Butterfly Creek Winery. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (48 reviews)
Amazing stay!
"Very cozy, a true gem. Cabin is well stocked, homey vibe, had everything you need. Love the fireplace!"

Reviewed on 12 Dec. 2021

Brand New Construction Aug. 2019 Sugar Pine Cabin in beautiful Mariposa Pines
Yosemite! Beautiful NEW home amidst towering pines overlooking creek.Pool table!
Yosemite! Beautiful NEW home amidst towering pines overlooking creek.Pool table!
6185 Plumbar Creek Rd, Mariposa, CA
The price is AU$766 per night from 28 Jan. to 29 Jan.
Situated in Mariposa, this historic holiday home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Sierra National Forest and within 9 miles (15 km) of Mariposa County Visitor Center ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (118 reviews)
"Our family of 5 thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and could have stayed longer! Getting there in the dark was a bit difficult, but the directions provided were spot on. The location is outstanding if you're looking for seclusion, and the drive in and out of Yosemite (about an hour) is beautiful. Kids ..."

Reviewed on 30 Nov. 2021

Yosemite! Beautiful NEW home amidst towering pines overlooking creek.Pool table!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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