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Mariposa is a historic gold rush town located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and is the "southern most link of the forty-niners gold chain" (which is the series of small foothill towns that sprang up during the goldrush of the 1800s.) A picturesque village with a colorful past, the name "Mariposa" is Spanish for "butterfly." The area originally belonged to the Miwok tribe and was later claimed as a Spanish colony for Mexico. As the first explorers ventured into the land, they discovered a beautiful creek meandering through a peaceful valley that swarmed with butterflies. They named it "Arroyo de las Mariposas" which roughly means, "stream of butterflies." The town serves as the county seat for Mariposa County and it's easily reached via Highways 49 and 140 (which is known as the "all season highway" because it is open all year and continues on to Yosemite.) One of the attractions of the area is the Highway 140 itself, which is very scenic as it winds through the foothills and follows the "Wild and Scenic" Merced River through a breathtaking canyon. There are tons of activities to do in the Mariposa area and the wondrous Yosemite National Park is less than forty minutes away. Biking and hiking trails abound for every fitness level, white water rafting is available on the beautiful Merced River, skiing at Badger Pass and there's also camping, horseback riding, rock climbing, picnicking, rockhounding - even panning for gold. For the history buff, Mariposa County is full of historical sites, as well.

Surrounding areas: Bridgeport, California (4.1 mi), Ahwahnee, California (15.5 mi), Wawona, California (17.4 mi), Fish Camp, California (17.9 mi), Coarsegold, California (21.2 mi), Yosemite, California (26.2 mi), Groveland, California (27.5 mi)

Mariposa Vacation Rentals

Mariposa Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Yosemite Way Station Motel4999 Hwy 140Mariposa, CA (209) 966-7545
Comfort Inn Mariposa4994 Bullion StMariposa, CA (209) 966-4344
Holiday Inn Express5059 Hwy 140Mariposa, CA (800) 966-9746
Mariposa Lodge1052 Hwy 140Mariposa, CA (209) 966-3607
Sierra View SuitesMariposa, CA (209) 966-5793
The Miners Inn Motel5155 Hwy 140Mariposa, CA (209) 742-7777
The Homestead41110 Rd 600Ahwahnee, CA15.5 mi.(209) 683-0495
Cedar Lodge9966 Hwy 140El Portal, CA16.5 mi.(209) 742-7106
Yosemite View Lodge11156 Hwy 140El Portal, CA16.5 mi.(209) 379-2681
Wawona HotelYosemite National ParkWawona, CA17.4 mi.(209) 375-6437
Marriott's Tenaya Lodge At Yosemite1122 Hwy 41Fishcamp, CA17.6 mi.(209) 683-6555
Apple Tree InnFish Camp, CA17.9 mi.(209) 683-5111
Chateau Du Sureau48688 Victoria LnOakhurst, CA20.0 mi.(209) 683-6860
Ramada Limited And Suites48800 Royal Oaks DrOakhurst, CA20.0 mi.(800) 658-2888
Best Western Yosemite Gateway Inn40530 Hwy 41Oakhurst, CA20.5 mi.(559) 683-2378
Comfort Inn40489 Hwy 41Oakhurst, CA20.5 mi.(559) 683-8282
Days Inn-oakhurst40662 Hwy 41Oakhurst, CA20.5 mi.(559) 642-2525
Shilo Inn Oakhurst40644 Hwy 41Oakhurst, CA20.5 mi.(559) 683-3555
Black Hawk Lodge28536 Hwy 41Coarsegold, CA21.2 mi.(559) 868-3596
Ahwahnee Hotel1 Ahwahnee WayYosemite, CA21.7 mi.(559) 252-4848
Buck Meadows Lodge Yosemite Westgate Motel7647 Hwy 120Groveland, CA28.4 mi.(209) 962-5281
Lee's Middle Fork Resort Motel11399 Cherry Oil RdGroveland, CA28.4 mi.(209) 962-7408
The Groveland Hotel18767 Main StGroveland, CA28.4 mi.(209) 962-4000

Mariposa Weather & Climate

Central California located on the western slopes and foothills of the central Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, generally enjoys a pleasant year round climate with warm, dry summers and mild winters. This region has a slogan that says it is "Below the Snow and Above the Fog." However, the 10,000 foot peaks in the area's eastern region attest to a wide diversity of terrain and climate. Average rainfall is between 40-50 inches, with October through April generally being the rainy months. Snow is rare in the lower elevations, but as you move higher into Yosemite and the Mammoth Lakes region, all of that changes. Winters in the mountains are snowy and cold, although sunny and chilly days are not uncommon. Visitors must be aware that conditions can change rapidly in the mountains in the wintertime.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 44°F 25°F 6.20 in. -
February 46°F 25°F 6.06 in. -
March 48°F 27°F 5.66 in. -
April 54°F 30°F 2.14 in. -
May 62°F 36°F 0.60 in. -
June 71°F 43°F 0.23 in. -
July 77°F 48°F 0.03 in. -
August 77°F 48°F 0.00 in. -
September 71°F 44°F 0.42 in. -
October 62°F 36°F 1.26 in. -
November 51°F 29°F 3.62 in. -
December 46°F 25°F 3.96 in. -

Mariposa Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Castle airport (MER) located about 33 miles west of Mariposa in Merced, California, the Fresno Yosemite International airport (FAT) located approximately 50 miles south of Mariposa in Fresno, California, the Mammoth Yosemite airport (MMH) located roughly 62 miles east of Mariposa in Mammoth Lakes, California, and finally the Stockton Metropolitan airport (SCK) located around 75 miles northwest of Mariposa in Stockton, California.

Mariposa Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Blackbeard's Family Entertainment CenterFresnoCA52.0 mi.
Rotary PlaylandFresnoCA52.0 mi.
FunderwoodsLodiCA84.1 mi.
Water Parks
Big Bear ParkWaterfordCA44.8 mi.
Wild Water AdventuresClovisCA47.8 mi.
The Island Waterpark and Family Fun VillageFresnoCA52.0 mi.
Raging WatersSan JoseCA106.3 mi.
Waterworld USASacramentoCA112.5 mi.
Waterworld USAConcordCA117.9 mi.
Golf Courses
River Creek Golf CourseAhwahneeCA15.5 mi.
Mission Hill of HaywardHaywardCA24.6 mi.
Mather Golf CourseMatherCA28.0 mi.
Pine Mountain Lake Country ClubGrovelandCA28.8 mi.
Pheasant Run Golf CourseChowchillaCA29.7 mi.
Ski Areas
June MountainJune LakeCA52.8 mi.
Mammoth MountainMammoth LakesCA55.6 mi.
Dodge RidgePinecrestCA58.2 mi.
Bear ValleyBear ValleyCA67.8 mi.
Kirkwood Ski ResortKirkwoodCA84.3 mi.
Sierra-at-TahoeTwin BridgesCA92.0 mi.
Heavenly Ski ResortSouth Lake TahoeCA99.8 mi.
Ski HomewoodHomewoodCA111.2 mi.
Alpine MeadowsTahoe CityCA117.0 mi.
Squaw ValleyOlympic ValleyCA117.5 mi.
State Parks
Turlock Lake State ParkCA34.9 mi. 
Bonita Museum & Cultural CenterBonitaCA39.0 mi.(History)
Fresno Metropolitan MuseumFresnoCA52.0 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Fresno Art MuseumFresnoCA52.0 mi.(Art)
Great Valley Museum of Natural HistoryModestoCA57.4 mi.(Science)
Zoos and Aquariums
Chaffee Zoological GardensFresnoCA52.0 mi.
Micke Grove ZooLodiCA84.1 mi.
Happy Hollow Park and ZooSan JoseCA106.3 mi.
Sacramento ZooSacramentoCA112.5 mi.

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