Fall is a wonderful time to visit Yosemite Mariposa County!
Yosemite Mariposa County is home to countless things to do, open spaces to explore and great options for dining, lodging and shopping. In a county that is larger than the state of Rhode Island, it can be easy to overlook amazing points of interest. To help you make sure that you're seeing everything that you possibly can on your trip to Mariposa County, take a look at our videos here and for more great Yosemite videos, take a look at our Youtube page and be sure to subscribe to our channel to be the first to see the most recent content.
Tucked into a golden basin is the southern Yosemite town of Wawona.
Wawona provided a year-round refuge for Native Americans, pioneers, and early travelers heading to and from Yosemite Valley. Today, this under-the-radar hub of the Southern Yosemite region offers a triple play of history, recreation, and visitor amenities. There’s also something special about Wawona that encourages you to gear down and savor this splendid basin of Sierra beauty.
The Chinese have an enduring yet virtually unrecognized legacy in Yosemite Mariposa County and California. Their achievements include building rugged Sierra Nevada roads and a chef whose cuisine was so memorable that a mountain in Yosemite is named after him.
This legacy can be explored at the Chinese Laundry Building, part of the renamed Yosemite History Center which aims to tell the multi-ethnic history of Yosemite National Park.
While many think of pioneers as people from a bygone era, that spirit is still well alive today in Mariposa County. Many come here looking for a new start in a beautiful setting, in search of new business opportunities or to build a home, or business from scratch. We call the people that accomplish that today ‘Modern Day Pioneers’. Their stories are unique and in many cases inspiring. The Modern Day Pioneers video series aims to tell the stories of those forging ahead in Mariposa County today with that pioneering spirit.
There are nuggets of history around every corner in Yosemite Mariposa County! From charming Gold Rush-era towns that still exist today to Yosemite National Park, there is a vein of timeless wonder that runs through this great community. The ways to experience our rich history are endless. A walk-through old town Mariposa evokes thoughts of swinging doors that lead into saloons and horse-drawn wagons carrying miners and their bullion. A step into our museums details our Gold Rush history that led to the establishment of Mariposa County and its towns. You’ll get a peek into a time when the west was still wild.
Each video is a brief view of some part of Yosemite Mariposa County. Some videos have music, some are just natural sounds. All of them are about feeling like you're experiencing a moment of what it's like to be here.