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Yosemite Mariposa County: Your Ultimate Adventure Destination for Thrill-Seekers

Yosemite Mariposa County: Your Ultimate Adventure Destination for Thrill-Seekers

Whether an adrenaline junkie, a nature lover, or both, Yosemite’s array of outdoor adventure activities promises a memorable and exhilarating experience. From rafting big water on the Merced River to climbing small to big walls in the park to skydiving from 14,000 feet as Half Dome stands guard in the distance, Yosemite Mariposa is a prime destination for all thrill levels and budgets. See below a guide to adventures to be had to get the heart pumping in Yosemite Mariposa.


Fishing in Yosemite National Park is a popular activity that allows visitors to enjoy the serene beauty of the park’s lakes, rivers, and streams while trying to catch a variety of fish species. Some popular spots include Lake McClure & McSwain, Tenaya Lake and Tuolumne River.


With over 800 miles of trails, Yosemite is a hiker’s paradise. From leisurely strolls to challenging backcountry treks, there’s a trail for every skill level. Hike some of the most popular trails in Yosemite such as the granite domes of the Half Dome Cable Hike which includes taking the Mist Trail to see Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls before hitting Yosemite’s most iconic rock face.

Horseback Riding

Discover the park from a different perspective on guided horseback rides. Traverse meadows, forests, and streams while enjoying the serenity of the backcountry. Yosemite Trails Horseback Adventures offers daily rides around the forest and exclusive rides to Mariposa Grove.

Rock Climbing

Yosemite is legendary in the rock climbing world. The region is endowed with epic terrain ranging from the riparian rock canyons of the Wild and Scenic Merced River to the smooth domes of Tuolumne Meadows and the titanic walls of Yosemite Valley. “Learn the ropes”  with Yosemite Mountaineering School & Guide Service to make the most of the climbing experience.


Located at the Mariposa-Yosemite Airport, Skydive Yosemite is the only skydiving option with a bird’s-eye view of iconic El Capitan and Half Dome. Dives can be reserved from 10k, 12k and 14k feet, and include options such as an aerial tour of Yosemite National Park and professional video as divers tug that ripcord amid the roar and rush of adrenaline. Skydive Yosemite is family-run and staffed with experienced jumpmasters and pilots to help visitors take that big, exhilarating leap.

Whitewater Rafting

The Merced River provides opportunities for whitewater rafting during the spring and early summer months. To get the best out of the experience, sign up to an expedition trip such as the Sierra Mac Rafting TripsOars River Rafting and Rafting with Zephyr. 

About Yosemite Mariposa County
Yosemite Mariposa County covers more than 1,460 square miles of the western slope of the Sierra Nevada, rising from the edge of California’s Central Valley through golden foothills and all the way up to the alpine heights of Yosemite National Park and the High Sierra. Today, Mariposa County is known as the “Home of Yosemite” and remains a rambling, recreation-rich, topographically diverse realm. Yosemite’s A-list monuments include; Half Dome, El Capitan, Cathedral Rocks, Mirror Lake, Yosemite Falls, Vernal Fall, Nevada Fall, Bridalveil Fall and more. Home to Glacier Point enjoy one of the most spectacular vistas of any national park. Situated at the end of 16-mile-long Glacier Point Road, it overlooks Yosemite Valley, Half Dome and numerous, majestic waterfalls. Recreational opportunities abound as well, with hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country ski trails spurring off into the beautiful surrounding wilderness.


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