Mariposa is located along Highway 140, west of Yosemite National Park and is an inexpensive option for motel lodging when visiting Yosemite.
Mariposa is a great place to stay if you are interested in exploring the Merced River. In summer the Merced River is a great place to swim as well as go white water rafting. The American River Recreation, ARTA River Trips, OARS, Whitewater Excitement, and Zephyr Whitewater are several white water rafting companies in Mariposa. They will provide you with everything you need for a great river adventure. Just make sure you call ahead of time to see if the water levels are good for this activity.
Castillo’s Mexican restaurant and the Sugar Pine Café are a couple good dining options in this small town that will leave you full and satisfied.