The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoia Trees, near Yosemite’s south entrance, contains about 500 mature giant sequoia trees, perhaps the largest living things on Earth, and the oldest Yosemite giant sequoia may exceed 3,000 years in age.
Among the most popular specimens in the grove are the Fallen Monarch which is made famous for an 1899 photograph of U. S Cavalry officers on their horses up on top.
Another must visit tree is the Bachelor and Three Graces. This beautiful cluster is a very popular spot for photos. However, the most famous tree in the grove is the Grizzly Giant, one of the largest trees in the Mariposa Grove and, at an estimated age of 2,700 years, one of the oldest living sequoia.
Restoration of the Mariposa Grove
The Mariposa Grove is currently closed due to a massive restoration project that enhances the visitor experience and protects these treasures well into the future. Once the project is completed, visitors will notice:
Once the project is completed, visitors to the Mariposa Grove will notice:
The grove will re-open in fall 2017 for visitors to explore. Not to worry, you can still view giant sequoia trees at: Tuolumne Grove, Merced Grove, Giant Grove, Giant Forest and North and South Calaveras Groves.
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