Sumary of Beyond Yosemite: Exploring Historic Mariposa County As A Gateway To The Iconic National Park:
- Visiting Yosemite National Park is a rite of passage for Californians, native or not, and it a bonafide destination year-round for nature lovers from all over the world for its iconic, pristine beauty in all four seasons..
- Typical visitors head straight for one of the park entrances and confine their visit to the park boundaries — a rich alternative is to make your base in Mariposa county, which allows you to explore the history of region beyond the park itself..
- Set in the woods adjacent to the main lodge, all the cabins have big efficiency kitchens, which is especially convenient for making breakfast in your room or just enjoying takeout in the kitchen/living room combo..
- Cabins are arranged in clusters around large outdoor gas firepits that the staff come by and light every night — s’mores central, we called it..
- Kim Westerman Mariposa County is an ideal base for exploring Yosemite broader region, and I recommend bookending your itinerary with visits to the town of Mariposa with lots of time in the park proper in the middle..
- Learn about the Gold Rush, study Yosemite Valley origins, see how the native Miwok community lived, and watch a working stamp mill be put through its paces..
- Kim Westerman After an immersion in local narratives, both natural and anthropological, you’re ready to hit Yosemite National Park on Day 2..
- Take the one-mile, flat, accessible walk to Lower Yosemite Falls, or opt for the 7.2-mile steeper hike to the top….