Thousands of people line California’s roads through Mariposa County to visit Yosemite in all its colorful, breath-taking glory. Yet a few miles down the road awaits a true adventure for both young and old – a Yosemite zipline.
As cars drive along Highway 140, they pass through the California town of Mariposa. Main street is lined with local shops and a handful of restaurants. A nearby park and the oldest continuously run courthouse in California are two of the big highlights in town. But for many people on the way to Yosemite, Mariposa may be easy to miss.
After spending a couple of days here, Mariposa won’t be forgotten.
While I love hiking in California, I had never considered ziplining in California. However, I was intrigued by the idea of a Yosemite zipline in a small town like Mariposa. Most zipline tours take you high above the trees as you speed through tropical jungles and forests.
Yosemite Ziplines and Adventure Ranch is different. Set above the fog and below the snow, this zipline experience takes you through trees with your feet on the ground and views of Mariposa below.
OK so maybe you need a little more information about Yosemite Ziplines and Adventure Ranch for that to make sense.
If you’ve done a zipline tour before, discover why this one is different. You may come to Yosemite for its beauty but you’ll want to stop in Mariposa for a Yosemite zipline adventure and a chance to meet the locals.
The Mariposa community and a Yosemite zipline tour
After an exhausting scenic Yosemite winter day, I took the bus back to Mariposa. Drained, tired, and with visions of snow fairies blowing kisses on the snow covered Yosemite Valley, I was tired and ready for bed.
After changing clothes in my hotel, I headed back to the historic Gold Coin Tavern – Mariposa’s local “Cheers” type bar where sports, drinks, and food are consumed and everyone knows your name.
I was greeted by Bob, Gold Coin’s owner, and Julie, another new friend and Yosemite and Mariposa’s marketing genius. My spirits were lifted and fatigue forgotten as the entire restaurant sang “Happy Birthday” to me.
A few minutes later, Yosemite Ziplines and Adventure Ranch’s owners and the hard-working couple, Bryan and Victoria Imrie, joined our group at the bar.
I spent the rest of my Saturday night with Bryan and Vicki as we talked work, travel, family, and dreams. After getting to know both of them, I felt a strong connection as we bonded over drinks and dinner.
Vicki is an engaging, fun woman from England who has found her place in the Mariposa community. At heart, she is a traveler with a wandering soul and adventurous spirit who loves connecting with people. Bryan is a guy who is impossible not to like. Hard working, kind, and sincere, he and Vicki have worked hard to make this dream a reality.
Two years ago, the idea for a Yosemite zipline tour was set in motion. Located on a beautiful piece of property a mile from town, they built the zipline course from scratch and put the plans together to make this happen.
As Sunday morning rolled around, Vicki was as excited as I was for my Yosemite zipline adventure. As I zipline virgin, I was excited to experience it for the first time.
As we drove towards Yosemite Ziplines and Adventure Ranch, I understood why I was excited. Bryan and Vicki have put together something unique here in the Mariposa community. I was even more excited about ziplining after getting to know them.
What makes Yosemite Ziplines and Adventure Ranch so unique?
In a small town where saying hello to people you know and conversations on the streets are an every day part of daily errands, a Yosemite zipline adventure tour may seem out of place here. However, Bryan and Vicki made it happen.
Starting a new business in a community where everything is locally owned means working with the locals to make this a success. Bryan and Vicki have made Mariposa an adventure destination.
Open seven days a week, people from all over the world experience their 6 ziplines and new adventure course.
When you drive to the Yosemite zipline course on their ranch, their dogs await your arrival and escort you every step of the way. ATVs provide a rugged, adventurous ride to a zipline course that’s not intimidating at all.
No tree scaling canopies here as Bryan, Vicki, and Sam made my experience so laid back and easy. This isn’t your normal zipline tour. It’s a family run adventure experience.
A Yosemite zipline experience in Mariposa is a bonding time for families and a team building exercise for businesses. Young and old can fly through the sky without a fear of heights as every zipline starts and ends on the ground. Take your own photos, spend an afternoon with friends, or tackle your adventurous side with the obstacle course.
Before I share my adventures with you, take a look at the views and listen to Bryan as he explains what makes Yosemite Ziplines and Adventure Ranch so different.
Soaring high in Mariposa on new travel memories
Connections and experiences with people like Bryan and Vicki are what make travel so memorable. While thousands of people visit Yosemite, you can hang with the locals and enjoy a Yosemite zipline tour, conversations on the street, music in the park, and good food all year long in Mariposa.
I’m coming back to Mariposa. I’ve made new friends. I’ve zipped through the trees. I’ve hung out with the locals and eaten great food at Savoury’s.
Flying through the trees wasn’t the only high I experienced.
After a birthday weekend in one of the most beautiful national parks in the world, Mariposa – the community, the people, Bryan and Vicki, ziplining through the trees – are what I am going to remember the most.
Soaring over Mariposa on a Yosemite zipline tour was the perfect ending to a birthday weekend filled with new travel memories.
Check out my videos at Yosemite Ziplines and Adventure Ranch to see what the experience was like!
Thanks to Yosemite and Mariposa Tourist Board for inviting me to spend a weekend in Yosemite and Mariposa. Thanks for Bryan and Vicki for the zipline tour. All opinions are my own based on my personal experiences.
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