Known as the “Home of Yosemite,” Mariposa County is centrally located in California’s Southern Sierra Nevada, a region steeped in nature, rich mining, and agricultural history and culture.


Mariposa County is somewhat laid back, yet adventurous. You’ll find courteous, attentive mountain hospitality in an unassuming natural friendly environment..

Known for:

Soaring granite icons including Half Dome, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, and giant sequoias. Also, rich Gold Rush history, heart-pumping adventure, and award-winning small-town culture.

Don’t miss:

Great museums in and out of Yosemite, the Wild, and Scenic Merced River Canyon and great local events, art galleries and live music in historic gateway communities.

Area Summary:

Located within a day’s drive from Los Angeles and San Francisco, Mariposa County is best known as “The Home of Yosemite National Park,” with the majority of Yosemite National Park lodging, services & attractions located within Mariposa County. Our region abounds with stunning nature, diverse landscapes, and rich culture and Gold Rush history. Home to fewer than 18,000 people, Mariposa County’s roots run deep through the Gold Rush and beyond the Native Americans that called the land home for thousands of years. Diverse in altitude as well, the county ranges from a few hundred feet above sea level in the foothill to 10,000 feet above sea level, where the peaks of Yosemite National Park tower over California. With so much to experience in Mariposa County, visitors should plan to spend at minimum three days to explore Yosemite National Park, immerse in rich history in seven amazing museums, and experience the local culture.  Slowdown in Yosemite Mariposa County and enjoy to quieter areas of one of the world’s most beloved National Parks and discover something special in historic gateway towns like Mariposa, Coulterville, and Hornitos to bring home unique experiences that will be cherished by all for years to come.

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