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hornitos interestsSettled in 1850, this placid town of today had an obstreperous reputation in the mid-1800’s. The notorious bandit, Joaquin Murietta, was known to be a frequent visitor of Hornitos. Today, you can see ruins of several old buildings, the old jail and Domingo Ghiradelli’s (the chocolate king) store. Built before 1869, St. Catherine’s Catholic Church and its cemetery sit atop a hill overlooking the town.


coulterville hotel jefferyCoulterville is an authentic example of a California gold rush town, it is designated as State Historical Landmark No. 332. The area was settled in 1850 by George W. Coulter, for whom it is also named. Few changes have been made to it since the turn of the century. Coulterville is home to the Northern Mariposa County History Center, an outstanding gold rush history museum. Also located in Coulterville is the Hotel Jeffery and Magnolia Saloon. The hotel and saloon have been family owned and operated since 1851.

Lake McClure & Lake McSwain

mcclure photoIf you love to fish, boat, swim, camp, or just enjoy a relaxing day on the water, Lakes McClure and McSwain offer some of California’s best in water recreation. Conveniently located less than an hour drive away from Manzanita Estates, you will be able to soak up the summer sun, enjoy water activities and warm evenings on the lake.

Bear Valley

bear valleyBear Valley, home of John C. Fremont, was the heart of John C. Fremont’s Las Mariposas Grant, which was a 44,000 acre Spanish Land Grant rancho he purchased for $3,000 in 1847. Fremont made Bear Valley his headquarters for his vast mining enterprises. Located only ten miles from the town of Mariposa, this interesting town features several historical buildings and a museum. During its peak, Bear Valley had a population of 3,000.

Outdoor Recreation

outdoor recreation vernal falls trailMariposa County has outstanding recreational opportunities that include hiking, bicycling, camping, gold panning, swimming, nature trails, tennis, boating, hang gliding, skiing, rafting, fishing, and exploring. 

Private campgrounds abound and the Bureau of Land Management of the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service operates public campgrounds located throughout the county. Municipal swimming pools are located in Mariposa, Coulterville, and El Portal.

Visit the Yosemite Mariposa County Tourism Bureau to learn about these exciting activites and many more.