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BEST WESTERN PLUS Yosemite Motel, Yosemite Falls  

Yosemite Falls

Yosemite Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in the North America Continental. It has a total drop of 2,425 feet. Although often referred to as a ‘two-stage drop’, Yosemite falls is divided into the Great Upper Fall (1,430 feet), a middle cascade (320 feet) and the Lower Fall (675 feet). The falls are at their fullest in spring and early summer and a must see attraction for anyone visiting Yosemite.

Yosemite Falls is visible from numerous places around Yosemite Valley, especially around Yosemite Village. It is one of the best Yosemite Park attractions to visit. A one-mile loop trail leads to the base of the Lower Yosemite Fall which is an enjoyable hike.
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Bridal Veil Falls

Standing 620 feet tall, Bridal Veil Falls frames the view of the valley. Looking like the veil of a bride, this waterfall is very recognizable. You can take a quick 15 minute walk from the parking lot to see the base of this waterfall.
BEST WESTERN PLUS Yosemite Motel, Vernal Falls  

Vernal Falls: One of the Top Yosemite Park Attractions

This 317 foot fall flows year round and is one of the most beautiful in the park. By mid to late summer the fall narrows and separates into one, two, or three falls as water flows decrease. The flow peaks in late May and can get to 80 feet in width. In order to see Vernal Fall by car, you must drive to Glacier Point. The road to Glacier Point is open approximately late May through November. Or, you can take the free shuttle bus to Happy Isles and hike to Vernal Fall on a steep trail. The path is not very difficult to walk and you will also find an excellent view of Vernal Fall from the footbridge. Hikers can expect slippery footing and a tremendous amount of waterfall spray in spring and early summer. Once you arrive at the top you will see Emerald pool which is a deep tranquil pool that is safe to swim in.
BEST WESTERN PLUS Yosemite Motel, Nevada Falls  

Nevada Fall

The Nevada Fall is 1.5 miles above Vernal Falls. It is 594 feet and flows all year, with peak flow in late May. You can also see Nevada Fall at Glacier Point and then hike down to the fall. This route you will also see Illioutte Falls. A visit to both Vernal and Nevada waterfalls from Happy Isles makes an excellent half-day hike through Yosemite Park, involving a 6-mile round trip along a sometimes rocky trail with a total elevation gain of 1,840 feet.
El Capitan, Yosemite National Park  

El Capitan

El Capitan is a 3,000 foot tall vertical rock formation, one of the largest single granite rocks on earth, and certainly the largest you’ll see in Yosemite Park. For climbers this is a challenging and exciting face, attracting enthusiasts from all over the world.
BEST WESTERN PLUS Yosemite Motel, Glacier Point  

Glacier Point

Glacier point is 7205 above sea level and offers a breathtaking view of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and the High Sierra. In the summer, Glacier Point is a major Yosemite tourist attraction. In winter, Glacier Point can be reached only by skis, hiking or snowshoes.
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Half  Dome

Half Dome is one of Yosemite Park's most familiar sites. The granite dome dominates the valley view, rising 8837 feet above sea level. Although challenging, visitors love hiking to the top for the stunning view.
BEST WESTERN PLUS Yosemite Motel, Sequoia Tree  

Mariposa Grove

The Mariposa Grove is the largest grove of giant sequoias in Yosemite Park. Grizzly Giant, the oldest sequoia in Yosemite National Park, is between 1900 - 2400 years old and one of the oldest in the world.
BEST WESTERN PLUS Yosemite Motel, Mountain Sugar Railroad  

Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad

This historic 3 foot narrow gauge railway with 2 operating vintage steam trains is a definite highlight in Yosemite National Park. This unique 4 mile excursion takes visitors on the route that log trains used to travel through the Sierra Mountains. For stunning views and a trip back in time, hop on the Logger Steam Train in Yosemite National Park.
BEST WESTERN PLUS Yosemite Motel, Mountain Sugar Railroad  


A thrill for ages 3 to 93, Yosemite Ziplines and Adventure Ranch is Mariposa's latest attraction and your ticket to thrilling zipline adventures.
BEST WESTERN PLUS Yosemite Motel, Mariposa Airport  

Mariposa Airport

The Mariposa County Airport was constructed in 1936 by the Federal Works Agency Project Administration. The airport was dedicated in 1937. For further information please call (209) 966-2143 or come by the airport at:

5020 Macready Way

Mariposa, Ca. 95338

Ph. (209) 966-2143

Fx. (209) 966-5497
BEST WESTERN PLUS Yosemite Motel, The Official Yosemite / Mariposa County Tourism Bureau  

The Official Yosemite / Mariposa County Tourism Bureau

Find Mariposa County visitor's information, events and attractions.
BEST WESTERN PLUS Yosemite Motel, Mariposa County Courthouse  

Mariposa County Courthouse (No. 670 California Historical Landmark)

Constructed in 1854 in Grecian style architecture. It is the oldest courthouse in continuous use west of the Rockies. This building is a California Historic Landmark #670 and is on the National Historic Register of Historic Places. The lumber (white pine) was cut by a sash sawmill powered by a wood burning steam engine from a nearby site.

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