Yosemite Attractions & Activities near our Mariposa Hotel

Yosemite Falls

Yosemite Falls is one of the highest waterfalls on the continent, with a total drop of 2,425 feet. 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. The falls can be accessed via a one-mile loop trail leads to the base of the Lower Yosemite Falls.

Bridal Veil Falls

Standing 620 feet tall, Bridal Veil Falls frames the view of the valley. Named for it's appearance of the veil of a bride, this waterfall is one of Yosemite's most recognizable attractions. A short 15-minute walk from the parking lot will bring you to the base of the falls.

Vernal Falls

During summer, as the flow subsides, this 317 feet fall narrows and separates into one, two, or three falls. Although this falls has flow year-round, in late spring and can get as wide as 80 feet! 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. Bring appropriate footwear and 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 pool popular for swimming.

Nevada Falls

The Nevada Fall is 1.5 miles above Vernal Falls. It is 594 feet and flows all year, with peak flow in late May. The Nevada falls, as well as the Illioutte Falls, are also visible from Glacier Point. A visit to both Vernal and Nevada waterfalls from Happy Isles makes an excellent half-day hike through Yosemite Park, with a total elevation gain of 1,840 feet and a 6 mile round-trip excursion.

El Capitan

A world famous granite rock formation amongst the climbing community, the 3,000 foot tall Capitan is not only the largest single granite monolith in Yosemite National Park, but also one of the largest on the planet.

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.

Half Dome

One of Yosemite's most familiar sites, this granite dome dominates the view of the valley. Rising 8837 feet above sea level, the Half Dome is very popular with hikers for the incredible view from the top.

Mariposa Grove

With the largest grove of giant sequoias in Yosemite Park, Mariposa Grove's main attraction is the Grizzly Giant. This tree is between 1900- 2400 years old - one the oldest trees on earth!

Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad

If your legs are tired from hiking around Yosemite, hop aboard one of the vintage steam trains for a 4-mile trip back in time. Using the route logging trains used to operate through the Sierra Mountains, this trip offers stunning views and is a great way to learn about the history of the region.