6 Can’t-Miss Activities to Experience in Yosemite Mariposa County This Spring

Yosemite Mariposa County bursts into vibrant colors, glistening waterfalls, and an undeniable sense of adventure each spring. It’s the perfect season to experience the grandeur of the region ahead of peak season. Here, the air is crisp, the roar of the river lulls you to sleep and the towering granite cliffs stand proud—untouched by time. Looking for the ultimate Yosemite Mariposa County spring experience? Here’s a blend of adrenaline-pumping adventures and leisurely explorations to make your getaway great.

1. Feel the Rush of Whitewater Rafting

Kick off your Yosemite Mariposa County visit with an adrenaline-pumping guided whitewater ride down the Merced River. As the snowmelt cascades down from the high peaks, the river transforms into a thrilling playground. Whether you’re a seasoned rafter or a first-timer, the Merced River offers rapids to suit every level both within and outside the National Park.

2. Climb to New Heights

With granite giants aplenty, it’s no surprise that Yosemite Mariposa County boasts world-renowned rock climbing routes (and guides to help you whether you’ve never put on a harness or you’re a regular on the rocks). El Capitan and Half Dome are not just granite monoliths; they are challenges waiting to be conquered. Spring provides ideal conditions for climbers, with cooler temperatures and wide-open routes. Join the ranks of climbing legends and get a new point of view on the Valley Floor.

3. Hike Our Green Hills and Granite Giants

Lace up your hiking boots and embark on a hike through the diverse landscapes of Yosemite Mariposa County. From the rolling hills near Lake McClure to the majestic Mariposa Grove where ancient giant sequoias stand tall, spring snow melt reveals trails to explore. The ‘Astride Mariposa‘ and ‘Thrill Quest‘ itineraries offer a comprehensive guide to discovering the best hikes, ranging from casual strolls to challenging treks in and out of the park. 

4. Go Ahead. Chase Waterfalls.

Pair the snow melt with the tower granite cliffs and you get access to some of the most breathtaking waterfalls in the world. Spring is the prime season to witness the thunderous cascades, fueled by melting snow. Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite Falls, and Vernal Fall are just a few of the mesmerizing natural wonders waiting to be explored. The Bridalveil Fall area has a newly opened accessible platform. Check out the guide to Yosemite waterfalls in spring, which provides all the inside info you need to enjoy every awe-inspiring moment.

5. Stroll, Sip and Relax.

You don’t have to be an adrenaline junkie to enjoy Yosemite Mariposa County. Delve into the rich history of the region by exploring museums in and around Mariposa County. Take a leisurely stroll through charming Gold Rush-era towns, indulging in boutique shopping and savoring local food and drink like Mariposa-grown ciders. For a more laid-back adventure, try your hand at gold panning, connecting with the area’s rich history and nature.

6. Chase Wildflowers and Waterfalls

Yosemite Mariposa County is famous for breathtaking waterfalls. In spring, these wonders rumble and rush stronger than any other time of year. But we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the wildflowers – lupines, tufted poppies and showy milkweed – that spring up through the valley. Once the snowpack melts away, go hunting for bright pops of purple, red, and yellow in the meadows and pastures (and even alongside the road as you drive).

Spring in Yosemite Mariposa County is an invitation to rediscover the awe-inspiring wonders of nature and embark on adventures that will create lasting memories. Whether you’re scaling granite cliffs, chasing waterfalls, or simply soaking in the tranquility of the surroundings, this season promises an experience like no other. Pack your sense of wonder and get ready to be inspired by the sheer beauty of Yosemite Mariposa County in the spring.

Choose Your Basecamp for Exploration

The Redwoods In Yosemite

Nestled in Wawona, The Redwoods In Yosemite offers a collection of ready-to-welcome cabins, including pet-friendly options. Its location just inside the Yosemite National Park makes it an ideal place to anchor your trip and see highlights like Half Dome. Guests enjoy easy access to summertime swimming in the Merced River and nearby attractions such as Chilnualna Falls trail and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Whether seeking tranquility or adventure, The Redwoods In Yosemite offers a warm retreat during the transition from winter to spring.

Tenaya at Yosemite

With all your creature comforts covered by Tenaya at Yosemite, you’re free to focus on all the natural beauty around you. Tenaya is a full-service resort with several lodging options: hotel rooms, suites, cottages, and cabins, so you can explore and stay your way. Plus, with amenities like pools, hot tubs, a spa, rock climbing, bike rentals, and seasonal special events, it’s easy to find your next adventure close to your home away from home. 2 miles from the South Gate and minutes from Mariposa’s giant sequoias, Tenaya at Yosemite is a little bit (or a lot) of everything a traveler could want.

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