Old Town Mariposa

The town of Mariposa was founded, in 1849, as a mining camp on the banks of a seasonal stream known as the “Mariposa River”, as depicted on early maps of the region, the southern Mother Load region of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Mariposa, as a town, occupies and unique place in American history. The discovery […]

Local Ghost Towns

Agua Fria, today a true ghost town, was principally a placer mining camp divided into Lower Agua Fria and Upper Agua Fria. The name was derived from two springs of cold water about a quarter mile below Lower Agua Fria (the principal town). It may have been there that John C. Fremont’s men discovered gold […]

Yosemite Gold Country Travel App

This handy application provides information about the historic California Gold Rush communities of Mariposa County. Residents and visitors to Yosemite National Park receive information on local attractions, such as the California State Mining and Mineral Museum, the Mariposa History Center and numerous buildings and sites that date from the 1850s. The app also provides information […]


The Yosemite Gold Country Website is full of useful resources for you. We invite you to use the Search Tool to locate items quickly. However, below are some important links to help you navigate Yosemite Gold Country: Mariposa County Government Yosemite National Park Bureau of Land Management (BLM) US Forest Service, Sierra NF Headquarters J. […]