The square-mile Mariposa Grove is home to 500 mature Giant Sequoias, Earth’s largest living organisms and among her oldest as well.
Thanks to the trees, the grove stays cool and quiet on the hottest summer’s day.
Take a guided walk or tram ride, or stroll on your own through these awe-inspiring prehistoric giants.
Meet the Trees
Get to know a few of Mariposa Grove’s famous sequoias.
Two Tunnel Trees
The grove’s most famous tunnel tree fell in 1969, but the California still stands!
The Grizzly Giant
One of the grove’s largest, Grizzly Giant is estimated to be 1,800 years old.
Walk inside and look to the sky to find out how this tree got its name.
Getting There and Around
Directions to the Grove
Car: The Mariposa Grove of Big Trees is located at the end of Mariposa Grove Road, off of Highway 41, shortly after the Park’s south entrance. The two-mile Mariposa Grove Road is closed to cars from November to April, but visitors can make their way out on snowshoes or skis during the winter months.
Bus: To avoid parking lot jams, leave your car at the Wawona Hotel and take the free Wawona-Mariposa Grove shuttle to see the sequoias.
Hike: From behind the Wawona Hotel, follow a 6.5 mile trail to the Mariposa Grove. Be prepared for significant elevation change. Take the shuttle back or make it a round-trip trek. See our hiking guide for more information!
Ways to See the Grove
In summer, tour the Mariposa Grove by guided tram or on foot.
The tram tour runs from May to October, lasts an hour and fifteen minutes, and offers programming in English, German, Japanese, French, and Spanish.
At the museum, pick up a brochure for a self-guided hike, or download one here. The one mile trail to Grizzly Giant and the Fallen Tunnel Tree makes a great trip for families with children, or up the distance and hike through the Upper Grove and out to Wawona Point Vista. Check out our hikes section for more information.
In winter, the Visitor’s Center closes and the Grove offers no formal services, but visitors can park at the start of the Mariposa Grove Road and cross country ski or snowshoe through the park.