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Experience Yosemite Blog

  • February 20, 2017
    Spring in Yosemite

    Mariposa County, home to Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove, is blooming for the springtime! The waterfalls are flowing, the wildflowers are blossoming and the warm sun returns for outdoor adventures. Now is the time to experience breathtaking adventure around every corner. Wildflowers appear according to elevation, with earliest blooms starting in April at the lowest […]

  • February 10, 2017
    Yosemite in 2 days

    Legend has it that renowned Yosemite Ranger Carl Sharsmith was once asked by a visitor, “If you had only one day in Yosemite, what would you do?” The veteran ranger and Yosemite-lover looked solemn and replied “Madam, if I only had one day in Yosemite I’d sit by the Merced River and cry.” While it’s […]

  • Last updated Wednesday February 22nd, 2017 –  Vehicular Access to Yosemite Valley Available Only via Highway 140 Highway 140 (El Portal Road) remains open and clear for all vehicular traffic and is the only access to Yosemite Valley. Visitors traveling on this road are urged to drive slowly and be aware of rocks and debris […]

  • Some call this time of year shoulder season; others call it the offseason. Here in Yosemite, we think of it as the best season, because late winter/early spring affords you the full splendor of Mariposa and Yosemite Valley without all the crowds. Take, for instance, the lineup of events set to take place across Mariposa […]

  • February 1, 2017
    Winter Hikes

    Just because its winter doesn’t mean you can’t explore the breath-taking scenery at Yosemite National Park and Mariposa County. While the higher elevations almost always have snow, the Valley floor can be relatively clear, depending on how recently there has been a snowstorm. A good way to gauge current conditions is by checking out the […]

  • For many lovers of Yosemite their fondest memories of the park are in winter, whether gazing at the beautiful snow-capped granite peaks, enjoying a hot drink at the beautiful Majestic Yosemite Hotel or ice skating beneath the serene face of Half Dome. Often thought to be one of the most beautiful ice rink locations in […]

  • It’s winter in Yosemite Valley. The crowds are gone, the roads are empty, and a fresh layer of snow covers the ground. Pine trees and meadows are cloaked in white. Faint clouds swirl around towering granite cliffs. The view from the valley is stunning, but the view I’m enjoying from Glacier Point is beyond belief. […]

  • As the last of the autumn leaves drop to the valley floor and bears ramble off to their winter dens, Yosemite becomes a calm, winter refuge. What is Yosemite like in winter? Imagine massive snow-capped granite monoliths veiled in mist and delicate streams of water flowing over ice, where once great falls thundered. Sometimes there […]

  • October 1, 2016
    Yosemite Fall Photography

    Yosemite fall photography allows you to capture some amazing scenes and experience the park with small bursts of color. Starting around the second week of October, Yosemite Valley takes a fall transition with cooler evening temperatures and color changes from many deciduous trees in Yosemite Valley. In addition, fall weather conditions usually create more dramatic weather patterns with early […]

  • Visitors come from all over the world to explore Yosemite but many do not know that many of Yosemite’s most famous sites, such as Half Dome, El Capitan, and Yosemite Falls are all in Mariposa County. The main town in this region is called Mariposa and it makes for a great stop on your way […]

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