Yosemite offers so many things to do that it can be hard to decide where to start! Long, scenic hikes, bike rides, picnics and tours are just a small sample of the things to do and see at Yosemite National Park. Our Yosemite lodging  spots put you near all the best things to do!

Because there are so many Yosemite National Park activities, we've compiled some helpful itineraries  to help you get the most out of your upcoming visit. In addition to all the incredible things to do at Yosemite, Mariposa County also offers a rich assortment of attractions and activities.

Mariposa County Activities


  • Horse-Drawn Carriage and Stage Rides, Mariposa (SR 140)
  • Gold Panning (Several Recreational Areas, Commercial Guide Services, Shops and the Mariposa Museum Provide Gold Panning, Instruction and Supplies), Mariposa
  • Aerial Tours of Yosemite and the High Sierra (Mariposa Yosemite Airport), Mariposa (SR 49)
  • Yosemite Mountain and Sugar Pine Railroad (Antique Steam Trains and Jenny Cars), Fish Camp (SR 41)
  • Yosemite Trails Pack Station (1-Hour Rides, 2-Hour Rides and Walk and Lead Horses), Fish Camp (SR 41)
  • The Miner's Cabin, Yosemite Sugar Pine Railroad

Guided Programs (Birding, Hikes, Backpack Trips)

  • Yosemite Association, El Portal (SR 140) -
  • Yosemite Close Up Tours - Guided walks and hikes led by the Yosemite region's most experienced and respected natural history scientists and environmental educators. These highly informative and entertaining programs appeal to individuals, families or groups. Specializing in nature walks, birding, scenic hikes, backpacking, and photography.  To arrange a guided trip, call (800) 789-1854 (toll free - USA) or email

Fishing Trails

  • Fish Camp Bridge (SR 41)
  • Merced River from Foresta Rd.
  • Merced River from Briceburg
  • Merced River from El Portal
  • Merced River - Bagby - Lake McClure
  • Lake McClure/Horseshoe Bend (SR 132)

Mountain Biking

There are numerous bike trails in Mariposa County

Wine Tasting

  • Radanovich Winery (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc)
  • Silver Fox Vineyard (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Rhone Varieties)
  • Butterfly Creek Winery (Merlot, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon)

The Arts

  • Yosemite Renaissance Art Exhibit - February
  • Young Masters - February
  • Storytelling Festival - March
  • Bluegrass Festival - May
  • Mariposa Evenings - Summer
  • Feathers, Furs, Scales - October
  • Tellabrations - November
  • Craft Fair - December

Historic Sites

  • Coulterville
  • Crookedest Railroad in the World
  • Hangman's Tree
  • Jeffery Hotel
  • Many Period Buildings
  • Oldest Continuously Operating Courthouse West of the Rockies
  • Historic Walking Tour
  • Hornitos
  • Bear Valley
  • Mt. Bullion


  • California State Mining and Mineral Museum, Mariposa
  • Indian Village of The Ahwahnee, Yosemite Village
  • Mariposa Museum and History Center, Mariposa
  • Pioneer Yosemite History Center, Wawona
  • Sierra Club's Le Conte Memorial, Curry Village
  • Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center, Tuolumne Meadows
  • Yosemite Valley Visitor Center, Yosemite Village
  • Yosemite Museum, Yosemite Village

Whitewater Rafting

  • Ahwahnee Whitewater
  • All-Outdoors Whitewater Rafting
  • American River Recreation
  • California River Rafting
  • Mariah Wilderness Expeditions
  • NWGuides
  • Whitewater Voyages
  • Zephyr Whitewater Expeditions
Yosemite Management Group PO Box 650 El Portal, California 95318 United States Phone: 209-379-2681 Toll Free: 888-742-4371 Fax: 209-379-2704