Among the oldest, most massive living things on earth, the giant sequioas are a must see during your trip to Yosemite.
The square-mile Mariposa Grove is home to 500 mature giant sequoias, Earth’s largest living organisms and among her oldest as well.
Thanks to the trees, the grove stays cool and quiet on the hottest summer’s day. You can also take a guided walk or tram ride, or stroll on your own through these awe-inspiring prehistoric giants.
The Mariposa Grove is temporarily closed until spring of 2017 due to a massive restoration project. Learn more: http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/mariposagrove.htm. You can still view giant sequioas in Yosemite at the Tuolumne and Merced Groves.
Car: The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias is located at the end of Mariposa Grove Road, off of Highway 41, shortly after the park’s south entrance. The two-mile Mariposa Grove Road is closed to cars from November to April, but visitors can make their way out on snowshoes or skis during the winter months.
Bus: To avoid parking lot jams, leave your car at the Big Trees Lodge and take the free Wawona-Mariposa Grove shuttle to see the sequoias.
Hike or ride: From behind the Big Trees Lodge, follow a 6.5 mile trail to the Mariposa Grove. Be prepared for significant elevation change. Take the shuttle back or make it a round-trip trek. See our hiking guide for more information! You can also ride into the grove on horseback.
In summer, tour the Mariposa Grove by guided tram or on foot.
The tram tour runs from May to October, lasts an hour and fifteen minutes, and offers programming in English, German, Japanese, French, and Spanish. The tram tour will close permanently Nov. 2014.
At the museum, pick up a brochure for a self-guided hike, or download one here. The one mile trail to Grizzly Giant and the Fallen Tunnel Tree makes a great trip for families with children, or up the distance and hike through the Upper Grove and out to Wawona Point Vista. Check out our hikes section for more information. Book a ride by horseback into the grove and explore it just like the original pioneers.
In winter, the Visitors Center closes and the grove offers no formal services, but visitors can park at the start of the Mariposa Grove Road and cross country ski or snowshoe through the park.