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Outdoor Activities

When you visit Yosemite National Park and Yosemite Mariposa County you’ll naturally shake off stale routines, breathe free, and (re)discover wild spaces - inside and out of the park.

When most people imagine what there is to do in Yosemite Mariposa County, they think of Yosemite National Park outdoor activities. There are marvelous sights to see, hundreds of miles of trails to be hiked, world class rock climbing, and streams and lakes to fish.

Keep reading and let’s explore a few of the many options together.


Bike trails above Lake McClure at Exchequer Mountain Bike Park

Riding a bike is a fantastic way to explore Yosemite Valley. Biking sets the perfect pace, quicker and easier than walking, and slow enough to soak in the scenery.

There’s also epic mountain biking near Yosemite in the National Forests, or at Exchequer Mountain Bike Park.


Biking Info & Rentals


Woman fishing in a river

Fishing in the middle of a mountain stream or lower elevation lake with the soft hum of nature all around is a slice of heaven. Wade in and hire a fishing guide to find the best spots, or read about how to find fish in Yosemite Valley and greater Yosemite Mariposa County.

Find Fishing Guides


Calm rafting in Yosemite Valley

Drift lazily down the Merced River to view the iconic scenery of Yosemite Valley, or bounce through whitewater on a rafting trip led by expert guides in the spring and early summer after high country snow melts. Whichever you choose, be sure to enjoy a refreshing rafting trip on your visit to Yosemite Mariposa County.

Take a Rafting Trip

Horseback Riding

Woman on horseback riding tour

Mount up for a guided tour of Yosemite Mariposa County by horseback. Beginners will love a two-hour horseback riding trip, and seasoned riders could even consider a ride into the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

Go Horseback Riding

Gold Panning

Kids learning about gold panning

Strike it rich while gold panning! Learn what it felt like to pan for gold on the Merced River as so many people once did. Whether you find the life-changing nugget or not, you’ll be richer for the experience.

Pan for Gold


Father and son golfing at Wawona Golf Course

Relax with a few rounds of golf at Yosemite’s Wawona Golf Course. This was the first regulation course in the Sierra Nevada when it opened in 1918, and has been welcoming golfers ever since. Recently, the golf course has also opened to disc golf.

Learn About Golfing


Couple hiking the Mist Trail in Yosemite

Taking a day hike in Yosemite Mariposa County opens up worlds of scenery and natural beauty. Families love short stroller-friendly jaunts, like the one to the base of Yosemite Falls. While hard-chargers find challenges on the long hike to the top of Half Dome.

Explore some of the world’s best hiking in Yosemite Mariposa County.


Discover Hiking Trails

Rock Climbing

Rock climber and climbing guide

Yosemite National Park is one of the great rock climbing centers of the world. How could you visit an international epicenter of rock climbing like Yosemite, and not try it? Build trust, celebrate accomplishments, and earn incredible views.

If you’re ready to try rock climbing check out the Yosemite Mountaineering School for daily climbing classes and guided climbs.


Climb Mountains

Winter Activities

Cross Country Skiers near Glacier Point

There’s snow time like winter in Yosemite Mariposa County! Go downhill or cross country skiing along Glacier Point Road at Badger Pass. Admire the scenery on snowshoes. Ice skate beneath epic snow-covered scenery at an outdoor ice rink, and more!

The quiet winter season beckons with an array of activities.

Winter Activities

Try Skydiving

Two people tandem skydiving

Experience the thrill of jumping out of a plane with thousands of feet of air beneath you in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Join the great people at Skydive Yosemite for an unobstructed view of Yosemite Mariposa County from the air. If you’ve always wanted to try skydiving, there is no better place to do it than here.

Skydive Yosemite

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