Restoration of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
The national park idea is rooted in the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, located in the southern end of Yosemite National Park. Since it was first protected in 1864, it has been a primary destination for many. In 2011, we embarked on a plan to restore giant sequoia habitat in the Mariposa Grove. After a multi-year process with input from the public and staff, a final restoration plan was formalized through the Mariposa Grove Restoration Project Final Environmental Impact Statement at the end of 2013.
The Mariposa Grove closed in the spring of 2015 for the implementation of this plan. The two primary goals of this project were to improve giant sequoia habitat and visitor experience. This included addressing the declining conditions of the Grove and nearby South Entrance that were adversely affecting the ecological health of the sequoias (e.g., roads, trails and other buildings encroaching on roots of the ancient trees, hydrology issues). The Mariposa Grove re-opened on June 15, 2018.
Tram Road within the Mariposa Grove prior to restoration.
Boardwalk and trail in previous tram road location after restoration.
Last updated: June 15, 2018