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Experience Yosemite, Family, Hiking, Outdoor Activities

What to Do in Yosemite During Late Spring

June 16, 2017

It’s been one heck of a winter. Thanks to drought-busting record snowfall, 2016-17 was one for the books. Even as May comes to a close, signs of this epic winter are evident throughout Yosemite Mariposa County and Yosemite National Park. Waterfalls are flowing at record levels, so if seeing Horsetail Fall is on your bucket list, there’s never been a better time to check it out.

Following is a list of what to do in Yosemite Mariposa County this spring and early summer.

Yosemite Music Festival in Mariposa

Looking to take in some live music to welcome the warmer days of spring and summer? Check out the late-spring Yosemite Music Festival at the Mariposa Fairgrounds July 7-9.

While at the festival, check out the accommodations in nearby Mariposa, including cabin rentals and Yosemite hotels and motels, then rustle up some grub at local Yosemite restaurants.

Yosemite Wineries

Welcome spring with a glass of your favorite chardonnay or zin at one of our Yosemite Mariposa wineries. Mariposa wineries are particular favorites of visitors and locals alike, with Butterfly Creek Winery near Bootjack and Casto Oaks in Mount Bullion leading the way.

Mariposa Butterfly Creek Winery

Mariposa Butterfly Creek Winery

Yosemite Horseback Riding

Picture this: it’s a gorgeous day in Yosemite, and you spend it gently riding through the valley on horseback taking in the sights, sounds and smells of spring. It’s easy to make this dream a reality with the multiple Yosemite horseback riding options on offer throughout Yosemite Mariposa County. Our new guide helps you find the perfect equestrian adventure – from authentic, pioneer experiences at Yosemite Trails Saddle to easy trail rides from Big Trees Lodge Stable to longer jaunts with Mariposa Mountain Riders.

Big Tree Lodge Stables Yosemite Horseback Riding

Yosemite Gold Panning

With creeks raging from record snowfall, now’s the time to get in touch with your inner prospector, grab a pan and start searching for gold. Our guide to Yosemite gold panning will show you the ins and outs of this time-honored hobby, from locations where you can pan for free to those that give you access to prime spots for a cost. Good luck!

Gold-panning Mariposa Patrick Pike

Gold panning Mariposa Patrick Pike

Yosemite Hiking

Shake off the chill of winter and go for a long hike in Yosemite Mariposa County with our comprehensive hiking guide. Use our guide to filter easy hikes or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, day-long strenuous hikes that take you to panoramic views and very few crowds. Yosemite National Park features more than 800 miles of trails, so there’s plenty to explore this spring.

Sentinel Dome and Taft Point

Sentinel Dome Hike

More Things to Do in Yosemite

When you think you’ve exhausted all your options, think again. Our guide showing you things to do in Yosemite is constantly updated with new events and attractions. Check it out here and bookmark it for future updates. And, as always, be sure to check the road conditions before traveling to Yosemite. Just because it’s spring doesn’t mean the snow is all gone. Plan ahead and you’ll have a great time in Yosemite Mariposa County.