Yosemite National Park will do Winter winter storm damage repairs on Mariposa Road October 16-27
Yosemite National Park News- October 13, 2023 – Yosemite National Park will close Mariposa Grove Road and shuttle service will be closed for road repairs Starting Monday October 16-27
Exploring Mariposa Grove in Late October: What You Need to Know
As the vibrant fall colors blanket Yosemite National Park, nature enthusiasts from all around are gearing up for an unforgettable journey into the heart of the park. And while this season offers breathtaking views and crisp air, it also brings some temporary changes to your adventure plans. If you’re planning to visit Mariposa Grove, located at the South end of Yosemite, during the last two weeks of October, there’s an important update to consider.
Temporary Closure of Mariposa Grove Shuttle for Road Repairs
In the spirit of preserving Yosemite’s natural beauty and ensuring safety for all, the Mariposa Grove Shuttle service will be temporarily suspended for two weeks, starting from the last week of October. During this time, road repairs will be underway, enhancing your future experiences in the park. While this may temporarily disrupt your usual route, fret not; we’ve got some essential tips to help you make the most of your visit, even during this closure.
With the shuttle service unavailable, accessing the Mariposa Grove will require a scenic two-mile hike (each way) along either the Washburn Trail or the Mariposa Grove Road. These trails offer hikers an excellent opportunity to immerse themselves in Yosemite’s natural wonder, with approximately 500 feet in elevation gain. The journey through the picturesque landscape can be just as rewarding as the destination.
Know Before You Go
Before you embark on your adventure, there are a few things to keep in mind:
- Pets: Regrettably, furry friends are not allowed on any trails or roads within the Mariposa Grove. This rule applies to the Mariposa Grove Road, Washburn Trail, and shuttle services. Please make necessary arrangements for your pets.
- Horses: If you’re planning to explore with your equine companions, remember that horses are only permitted on the Perimeter Trail and nowhere else within the Mariposa Grove.
- Restrooms: Restrooms are conveniently located at the Mariposa Grove Welcome Plaza and Arrival Area, as well as near the Mariposa Grove Cabin and the magnificent Grizzly Giant. During the winter season, some of these facilities may be converted to vault toilets.
- Drinking Water: Stay hydrated! Drinking water is available year-round at the welcome plaza and seasonally at the arrival area. Plan your water refills accordingly to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable visit.
- Food Services: While you can savor the beauty of the Mariposa Grove, there are no food services available within the grove or at the Mariposa Grove Welcome Plaza. The Depot, situated at the welcome plaza, offers a selection of books, maps, general information, and gifts, but it’s advisable to bring your own snacks or meals for the journey.
- Bicycles: If you’re a cycling enthusiast, you can enjoy biking on the Mariposa Grove Road between the welcome plaza (near the South Entrance) and the awe-inspiring Grizzly Giant, but please note that bicycles are not allowed elsewhere within the Mariposa Grove.
As the Mariposa Grove Shuttle takes a brief hiatus for road repairs, it’s an excellent opportunity to experience Yosemite’s breathtaking scenery from a different perspective. The enchanting trails and unparalleled beauty of the grove are yours to explore. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to connect with nature in a way you may not have expected. Yosemite National Park is as captivating as ever, and this temporary adjustment allows you to immerse yourself in its natural wonder on foot or by bike. Be sure to check the park’s official website for updates and additional details to ensure a seamless and memorable visit.