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About Mariposa

Located in the foothills of the famous Sierra Nevada, a mountain range spanning some 400 miles north-to-south, Mariposa is a small town of just under 3,000. In 1849, when gold was first discovered in the area, U.S. General and presidential candidate John C. Fremont purchased 70 square miles of land and established his Mariposa gold estate. From there, the Mariposa area expanded into a gold mining boomtown. In fact, Mariposa was the county seat in the 1800s and was considered the Mother of California Counties because of the amount of land the county once covered.

Today, the town’s roots can be seen up and down its main artery, Highway 140, in the architecture of old hardware storefronts and wooden restaurants complete with lanterns and a gold-mining-campsite feel. The town is in close proximity to some of the 4th most visited National Park, according to National Geographic, Yosemite.

Things to do in Mariposa

Pan for gold at the California State Mining and Mineral Museum, or simply view the incredible collection of mineral specimens. This place is situated just down the road from the main drag of Mariposa, and it’s a hidden gem. For only $4 to get in, you can check out over 250 mineral specimen, though the museum has much more but cannot display them all at once, or let your child join in on the junior ranger program to learn more about gems and minerals. This is a great way to explore a big part of the town’s history.

Yosemite Zip Line and Adventure Ranch is the place to go for outdoor experiences. With 7 zip lines to choose from, a high ropes course, and comedic tour guides, this place has the perfect combination for a thrilling adventure. One of the zip lines is even set up so you can race the person next to you. The tour guides will give you a little background on the town of Mariposa, so this is really an all-in-one stop while you’re in town.

Day Trips from Mariposa

Less than an hour east of Mariposa lies the south entrance of Yosemite National Park. Home to the iconic Half Dome, Yosemite Valley, and El Capitan, it’s no wonder over 4 million people have visited it since it was established in 1890. The hikes can range from strenuous and lengthy to short and sweet with a breathtaking view. Things to do in the park are plentiful, because, aside from the jaw-dropping natural beauties, campsites, restaurants, a golf course, tennis courts, and rock climbing are just the beginning of amenities this National Park offers visitors. Take a drive, you won’t regret it!

Transportation in Mariposa

Fly into Fresno Yosemite International Airport and rent a car to drive an hour and a half to reach Mariposa. While in Mariposa, a car is recommended as there is no public transportation available in Mariposa. You will want a car to drive to Yosemite on your day trip, as well. In Yosemite, there is a public transportation option, the YART shuttle, that will take you to many parts of the park, including the main attractions. For everything else, enjoy walking around the small town of Mariposa and hiking in the gorgeous Yosemite National Park.

Mariposa Accommodations offers travelers over 40 choices in Mariposa and over 80 vacation rentals in Mariposa County. Stay in the foothills of Mariposa and still be just 35-minute drive to Yosemite. Or, choose a rental just off of Highway 140 and enjoy the convenience of being able to walk to the center of town to dinner and drinks. Whatever you choose, you’re sure to have a spectacular view of the giant redwoods and rock formations in nearby Yosemite.

If you’re looking for a good, hearty meal, then look no further than Charles Street House Dinner House because this place has it all. Customers can’t stop raving about the beef stroganoff, hash browns, and extensive meat selection. With a lineup like this, the only problem you’ll have with this restaurant is choosing what you want to eat. It’s also located on the main route, Highway 140, so you’ll have a chance to walk the main street. Explore antique, home décor, leather goods shops, and much more.

Vacation Rentals in Mariposa

Save hundreds with a vacation home rental from and forget the hotel room. For the ultimate getaway, Mariposa offers 90 affordable vacation rentals with a price to match your budget and accommodation needs. Prices in Mariposa start at an average price of $216 a night with long-term rentals averaging $25 a month.

These vacation rentals offer a range of amenities, so you’ll feel right at home. For those looking to stay in a corporate rental, 80 of Mariposa’s rentals offer high speed WiFi Internet so you can easily keep in touch with your company or team. Go for a swim at one of the 26 properties complete with pool or jacuzzi, or relax with a night of cable TV in any of our 73 vacation home rentals.

Traveling with your dog or cat? Choose from 23 pet-friendly rentals in Mariposa that allow you to bring your extended family’s home rentals offer far more room and comfort than a hotel, providing a safe and spacious place for you and your pets. Many properties allow you to book directly online, so once you find that perfect vacation rental, you’ll be all set to go!

Search properties from 6 vacation rental sites in Mariposa where the top providers in that area are HomeAway,, and Expedia. There are 40 HomeAway rentals, 19 short term rentals and 13 Expedia vacation rentals.