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What to Do in Yosemite During Summer

It’s been one heck of a winter. Thanks to drought-busting record snowfall, 2016-17 was one for the books. Even as summer 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 Vernal Fall is on your bucket list, there’s never been a better time to check it out.

Summer is also peak visitation time, so be sure to check out our tips for visiting in summer.

Yosemite Hiking

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.

Sentinel Dome and Taft Point

Festivals in Mariposa and Coulterville

Join us for authentic small town Americana and the best in family fun. The Mariposa County Fair, which takes place every Labor Day weekend brings together the entire community for agricultural exhibits, a destruction derby, rodeo, food, live music and carnival rides in a rural setting just outside Yosemite National Park. For something really unique, check out the annual CoyoteFest in the town of Coulterville, honors their town mascot, the scrappy coyote, with a parade, coyote “howl” contest, car show and more.

While visiting, 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 Wawona 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

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.

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