• Rainbow over Half Dome


    National Park California

Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

The Mariposa Grove Road will be temporarily closed to vehicle and foot traffic, and the Lower Mariposa Grove will be temporarily closed to all use, tentatively beginning May or June 2015. During this time, trails to the Upper Mariposa Grove may also close periodically, depending on construction or restoration work. The Big Trees Tram Tour will cease operation permanently in November 2014. Shuttle service from Wawona to Mariposa Grove will not operate in 2015 or 2016. The entire Mariposa Grove will tentatively reopen in November 2016. More information

The Grizzly Giant giant sequoia towers above

Grizzly Giant, Mariposa Grove.

The Mariposa Grove, near Yosemite's South Entrance, contains about 500 mature giant sequoias. Giant sequoias are perhaps the largest living things on Earth.

Although the oldest giant sequoias may exceed 3,000 years in age, some living specimens of the ancient bristlecone pine (found in the mountains east of Yosemite and at Great Basin National Park in Nevada, among other places) are more than 4,600 years old.

The tallest trees are the giant sequoia's cousin—the coast redwood, which you can see at Muir Woods National Monument and Redwood National Park, among others.

Getting There

The two-mile Mariposa Grove Road is open from approximately April through November. When open, you can drive to the grove from Yosemite's South Entrance (off of Highway 41). During summer, however, the small parking lot fills frequently, resulting in periodic road closures. So, it's best to take the free

Wawona-Mariposa Grove shuttle.

When the road is closed during winter, you can still walk, snowshoe, or ski up the road from South Entrance (two miles with about 500 feet of elevation gain).

What to Do

Once in the Mariposa Grove, you can hike to see more sequoias than those visible from the parking lot. A brochure (available for 50 cents in the grove or for free download [256 kb PDF]) has a map. Most people hike the 0.8 miles from the parking lot to the Grizzly Giant and California Tunnel Tree (about 500 feet of elevation gain).

A one-hour tram tour is also available from approximately May to October. This tour is available in English, French, Spanish, Japanese, German, and audio description (for the blind).


People with mobility impairments may drive their own vehicles on the tram road through the grove behind tram tours for free (coordinate with the tour kiosk). People driving behind the tram can pay for the tour in order to listen to the audio tour (also available in audio description for the blind). You can find more information about accessibility in Yosemite's accessibility guide [200 kb PDF].

Brochures Containing Natural History and Hiking Information

Map of the Mariposa Grove
A printable version of this map is available in the brochures above.

Did You Know?

YLP Students in 2010

The Yosemite Leadership Program partners with UC Merced, to bring students to the park each summer for hands-on professional development through internships. Students work alongside scientists, educators, interpreters, business managers, and many other professionals of the NPS and park partner organizations. Some go on to become National Park Service rangers.