The Mariposa Grove was closed in early July, 2015, to begin implementation of a long-planned restoration project. It was principally funded by The Yosemite Conservancy which collaborates with the National Park Service to fund conservation projects within Yosemite. The long anticipated re-opening of the Grove took place recently, so we at Yosemite Close Up Tours took a “vacation day” to visit the Mariposa Grove and see what changes have been made. We can now better advise our guests and others about what to expect if they visit the Mariposa Grove.
On Wednesday June 27th, we loaded up our van with family, partners, and friends and went early to the Mariposa Grove Entrance Plaza.
There we parked our van, waited for and boarded the free Shuttle Bus that took us up to the Grove.
On the Shuttle Bus, we took the back seats:
We found completely new interpretive signs and other informational resources which would help visitors to understand and navigate the Giant Sequoias found in Yosemite’s Mariposa Grove.
The “backside” of the Grizzly Giant is always my favorite, especially in the morning light though, as usual, it required patience to get a picture of the whole tree without others who wanted close-ups and selfies with the tree.
While the vast majority of visitors don’t venture beyond the Grizzly Giant, we have always enjoyed the majesty and peacefulness of the upper grove with its greater number of trees, its wildflowers, the cabin/museum (which was not yet re-opened), and more.
After we left the Mariposa Grove and Yosemite Park, we found a VERY LONG DELAY on the drive back to Oakhurst on Highway 41 due to the work being done along Highway 41 to clear trees that were burned in last year’s Railroad Fire.