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Escape the Central Valley for Some Winter Cheer

Winter’s Clear Choice

Leave the dreary fog behind and head towards the big blue skies of Yosemite Mariposa County! For a day trip or a relaxing overnight stay our charming historical towns are ready to welcome you with open arms. From Coulterville to Fish Camp and of course inviting Mariposa we’ve got the perfect getaway for you. Feed your sense of adventure on a zip line, enjoy one or all of our seven museums, stroll the enchanting shops and savor the local flavors of our dining scene. Plus, the Park is open so let the snow play begin!

Explore Mariposa’s Old Town: Gold Rush, Gold Ales, Gold Oils!

Visitors come from all over the world to explore Yosemite but many do not know that many of Yosemite’s most famous sites, such as Half Dome, El Capitan, and Yosemite Falls are all in Mariposa County. The main town in this region is called Mariposa and it makes for a great stop on your way to or from Yosemite National Park. 

Visitors enjoy strolling the historic Old Town with its authentic adobe brick buildings and quaint shopping opportunities. Stop in at one CostaLivos Mountain Gold Olive Oil shop to taste locally produced olive oils and delicious balsamic vinegars or head to the 1850 Restaurant for a local craft brew and burger. They also serve hand cut steaks, fresh seafood and small plates perfect for sharing. If your feeling really adventurous and you’re looking for some sky high fun, take in a zipline at the Yosemite Zipline Adventure Ranch.

Shopping is plentiful in Mariposa with antique, western, and art shops lining the Old Town streets. You can purchase mining and gem souvenirs from Yosemite Gifts or a lush pair of hiking socks from Epic Alpacas, featuring gifts and apparel sourced from a nearby alpaca farm.

Sugar Pine CafeMake a reservation at Savoury’s for some of the best people watching and excellent dining options. When you feel like something sweet, head over to Yosemite Sweet Tooth for an endless supply of candy of all kinds. A great option for family dining is the Pizza Factory, now an international franchise, this pizza joint is locally-owned and was one of the first Pizza Factory franchises in operation. It’s a local family favorite! For a great breakfast, head to SugarPine Café for a retro vibe and fresh, daily-baked scones.

Mariposa Courthouse Everything in Old Town is in easy walking distance to nearby attractions such as the old stone jail (completed in 1858) and the Mariposa County Courthouse. Built in 1854, it is the oldest continuously-operating courthouse west of the Rockies! Experience more historic charm by strolling on over to the Mariposa Museum & History where you will uncover a rich collection of historical artifacts.

Check out top winter activities in Yosemite Mariposa County.