Mariposa County is recovering from a number of wildfires in July that have left our community needing to recover. The Washburn, Agua and Oak Fires closed highways and popular attractions such as the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, forced evacuations of towns and heartbreakingly, destroyed homes.
But today is a new day in Yosemite Mariposa County. Smoky skies are gone, Mariposa Grove has reopened, evacuations have been lifted and the community await to welcome you back with open arms. Yosemite Valley and the surrounding areas are open and just as you've imagined, under clear skies.
Tourism is embedded into Mariposa County. In fact, 52% of the county's nearly 18,000 residents are employed in tourism. Fires are not only destructive to property but cause a loss of income for those that rely on shifts at restaurants, hotels, shops and guide services for income. We're not just saying we need visitors to return to support our recovery, we mean it. For some of our locals, recovery doesn't happen without people taking vacations.
If you can't visit right now, we understand. If you'd still like to offer support there are two reputable local charities that are supporting those directly impacted by the region's fires this year.
Mariposa Community Foundation
Alliance for Community Transformations
Great! It's that clear fresh mountain air that many think of when they picture Yosemite under bluebird skies, but don't take our word for it. See for yourself by viewing webcams in Yosemite and around Mariposa County.
Visiting this summer means providing immediate support to a community in need while having all of the best that Yosemite Mariposa County has to offer right at your fingertips. Rich history awaits exploration in a number of incredible museums, tours like the Yosemite Valley Floor Tour or guided hikes provide expert commentary on Yosemite’s greatest places and shopping and spas allow for relaxation.
Due to construction projects in Yosemite, a temporary peak hours vehicle reservation system is in place for entrance to Yosemite National Park between the hours of 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. from May 20 to September 30. This year’s reservation is system is not due to COVID-19, but instead the numerous construction projects taking place throughout the park.
Outside of the hours of 6 a.m. and 4 p.m., no reservations are required to enter Yosemite. Arriving prior to 6 a.m. means having access to the park for the full day without a reservation. Reservations can be made on Recreation.gov.