Yosemite Welcomes Back the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
The popular park section has been closed for almost three years.
- CategoryLife Outside
Yosemite National Park announces that the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias will reopen to the public on Friday, June 15, 2018.
The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias has been closed since July 2015 to complete a landmark restoration project. In partnership with Yosemite Conservancy, the National Park Service has been working to improve natural hydrology, construct an ADA-accessible boardwalk, construct an improved welcome plaza, and improve the overall visitor experience.
According to The Mercury News, “The grove originally was supposed to reopen in late 2016. But massive winter snows last year buried the park and significantly delayed the work.
“It’s a very complex project with a lot of pieces, and there was a lot of snow in the grove and where we were going to put the new parking area, along with the leach field for the toilets,” said spokeswoman Jamie Richards. “We couldn’t do a lot of the construction until there was no snow on the ground.”
To visit the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, visitors will park in a new 300-vehicle parking area at the South Entrance and hop on a free shuttle at the Welcome Plaza, which will transport you to the Lower Grove. More details and tips on how to plan your visit will be forthcoming. The Mariposa Grove remains closed for public safety due to ongoing construction work.
This landmark project has been possible thanks to a strong public/private partnership between the National Park Service and Yosemite Conservancy. To learn more about the restoration of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, go here.
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