Yosemite’s largest tree grove: The Mariposa Grove


Photo by Christian Joudrey on Unsplash

Some of the tallest trees are located not so far from here!

Maya Adimora, Beyond the Gates editor

The Columbia Tree is the tallest tree in the Mariposa Grove and the Yosemite National Park.

The Mariposa Grove, the largest Sequoia tree grove at Yosemite National Park, boasts some of the tallest giant sequoia trees in the world.

Before the grove became a part of the National Park, the “area was first visited by non-natives Milton Mann and Galen Clark in 1857. It was named after the county it’s located in, Mariposa.” (https://bit.ly/3jdjscj)

It wasn’t until President Abraham Lincoln declared Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove to be “a public trust” of California on June 30, 1864, that the land became protected. Twenty-six years later, in 1890, Yosemite was finally acknowledged as a national park. Despite popular belief, Yosemite was not America’s first or second National Park. It was the third—established 18 years after Yellowstone.

If you want to visit The Mariposa Grove, click these links for more information: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/mg.htm and https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/covid19.htm.

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