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MariposaUnited States of America

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.

Top hotels in Mariposa

Miners Inn
Miners Inn
2 out of 5
5181 Highway 49 N, Mariposa, CA
The price is £72 per night from 30 Nov to 1 Dec

Situated in Mariposa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mariposa County Visitor Center, Mariposa Museum and History Center and Mariposa County Courthouse. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (974 reviews)

"Nice big room, comfy king bed, gift shop in main lobby."…"

Reviewed on 24 Oct 2020

Miners Inn
Best Western Plus Yosemite Way Station Motel
Best Western Plus Yosemite Way Station Motel
2.5 out of 5
4999 Highway 140, Mariposa, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £100 per night from 29 Nov to 30 Nov

Situated in Mariposa, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Mariposa County's Old Stone Jail, Mariposa County Courthouse and Mariposa Museum and History Center. ...

4/5Very Good! (989 reviews)

"The location was great. Staff was friendly. Lots of restaurants close by. perfect"…"

Reviewed on 1 Sep 2020

Best Western Plus Yosemite Way Station Motel
AutoCamp Yosemite
AutoCamp Yosemite
3.5 out of 5
6323 CA-140, Mariposa, CA
The price is £178 per night from 1 Dec to 2 Dec

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 ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (194 reviews)

"Airstream experience is perfect. Staff was very accommodating. Plan to cook out each meal and get groceries in Oakhurst. Facility could use some love (flower beds, plants, etc), additional paved walkways, larger refrigerators for sure and valet baggage delivery instead of wagons with flat tires. ..."…"

Reviewed on 28 Jun 2020

AutoCamp Yosemite
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.

Top Holiday Rentals in Mariposa

Mariposa Fair Bungalow Tent Cabins - Caravan Park
Mariposa Fair Bungalow Tent Cabins - Caravan Park
1 out of 5
5007 Fairgrounds Road, Mariposa, CA
The price is £102 per night from 30 Nov to 1 Dec

Situated in Mariposa, this campsite is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from California State Mining and Mineral Museum and within 3 miles (5 km) of Mariposa County's Old Stone ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (66 reviews)

"The tent cabin was very comfortable. When I was there there wasn't anyone else on the property other than the host so it was very quiet and relaxing. It was like camping only with a nice comfortable bed. The drive to Yosemite was easy and the town was cute."…"

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2020

Mariposa Fair Bungalow Tent Cabins - Caravan Park
Yosemite Vacation Rental 30 Minutes From Yosemite Valley's Main Gate
Yosemite Vacation Rental 30 Minutes From Yosemite Valley's Main Gate
6322 Hwy 140, Mariposa, CA

Situated in Mariposa, this historic cabin is 3 mi (4.9 km) from Sierra National Forest and within 6 miles (10 km) of Mariposa County Visitor Center and Mariposa ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (82 reviews)

"The upstairs room is unique and cozy. You hear all the cars on the hwy that is the msin street, but it's not very disturbing"…"

Reviewed on 23 Nov 2020

Yosemite Vacation Rental 30 Minutes From Yosemite Valley's Main Gate
The Cottage on Campbell- In Town Studio With a View!
The Cottage on Campbell- In Town Studio With a View!
5158 Campbell Way, Mariposa, CA

Situated in Mariposa, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Mariposa County Visitor Center and Mariposa Museum and History Center. Mariposa County ...

5/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)
Enjoyable stay and great place

"We enjoyed our brief vacation and while it was extremely hot outside, the AC of the unit did a great job in keeping us cool. Great, clean place that I would recommend to anyone wanting to stay in Mariposa area."…"

Reviewed on 22 Aug 2020

The Cottage on Campbell- In Town Studio With a View!
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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Reviews of Mariposa

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Verified traveller

20 Oct 2019

Mariposa is a great place. I would be prepared to stay there again if we visited Yosemite on another occassion

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

23 Aug 2019

Lovely town just outside Yosemite National Park

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

17 Jul 2019

Good supermarket, pioneer supermarket but a sleepy town!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

26 Apr 2019

Mariposa is a very small town. Everything is located along a one mile stretch of road. All your basic needs are catered for.

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