Mariposa Grove is a sequoia grove located near Wawona, in the southernmost part of Yosemite National Park. It is the largest grove of Giant Sequoias in the park, with several hundred mature examples of the tree. Two of its trees are among the 30 largest Giant Sequoias in the world. The Mariposa Grove closed on July 6, 2015, for restoration, and isn't expected to open again until the spring of 2017. The lower grove and most of the upper grove are closed, as well as the road to the grove. You can still hike the outer loop trail, which provides access to some of the trees in the upper grove, but you'll have to hike there from Wawona or the Fish Camp Snow Play area. The Mariposa Grove is the largest and most impressive of the Yosemite-area giant sequoia groves, but if you'd still like to see giant sequoias, you can find them at the Tuolumne, Merced, and Nelder Groves. It's by far the biggest sequoia grove in Yosemite, home to hundreds of the handsome beasts, but the 1,800-year-old Grizzly Giant sequoia is worth the trip all by itself. And Wawona Point offers the best views of Wawona Valley anywhere in the western area. The square-mile Mariposa Grove is home to 500 mature giant sequoias, Earth’s largest living organisms and among her oldest as well.
Thanks to the trees, the grove stays cool and quiet on the hottest summer’s day. You can also take a guided walk or tram ride, or stroll on your own through these awe-inspiring prehistoric giants. The Mariposa Grove of Big Trees is located at the end of Mariposa Grove Road, off of Highway 41, shortly after the Park’s south entrance. The two-mile Mariposa Grove Road is closed to cars from November to April, but visitors can make their way out on snowshoes or skis during the winter months.