Conveniently located just 35 miles from Yosemite National Park, lodging at the Little Valley Inn offers the opportunity for plenty of outdoor activities both on the grounds and at the nearby park. Here, guests can picnic under the shady oaks and pines, or explore the self-guided nature trail through forests that rest at the foot of California’s majestic mountains. The winding creek at Little Valley Inn also allows guests to do a little gold prospecting on their vacation. With great restaurants in Mariposa and Yosemite National Park nearby, Little Valley Inn is also a great escape for people who want to explore the area.
Prior to becoming a national park, Yosemite was inhabited by the Southern Sierra Miwok, a tribe of American Indians. The Miwok called Yosemite Valley Ahwahnee, "Place of a Gaping Mouth." The discovery of Yosemite by white settlers was spurred by the Gold Rush in the late 1840s. L. H. Bunnell, a member of the Mariposa Battalion, gave Yosemite its name in 1851 in honor of the tribe they were about to capture. He named it Yosemite, which settlers used to refer to Central Miwoks living in the Valley.
It gradually became a tourist attraction, and, in 1864, the federal government granted Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove to California as the nation’s first public preserve, saving the area from further exploitation.
Today, Yosemite National Park covers more than 1,200 square miles and has elevations up to 13,000 feet. It’s open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. It features many outdoor activities, as well as shopping, dining, and museums. Yosemite’s entrance fee is $20 per car, which is good for a week. Visitors can park and use a shuttle bus to get around the area, or drive themselves.
As one of the country’s most popular park destinations, Yosemite features many activities year-round:
Yosemite is a park of superlatives and spectacular sights:
Mariposa is home to the oldest courthouse west of the Rockies still in continuous operation. It was erected in 1854. Special events are held throughout the year and an active arts community add to the ambiance of this charming town. A remarkable history museum, named one of the best small museums in America by the Smithsonian Institution, and the newest State Park- the California State Mining and Mineral Museum, featuring dazzling exhibits and displays are just a few miles from the Little Valley Inn. Mariposa, like Yosemite, offers a great deal of outdoor fun for all seasons.
In addition to the activities listed above, other area attractions include:
Take a side trip to one of the area’s historic Gold Rush towns, or visit the reconstructed Miwok village at the Mariposa History Center.
Enjoy the spectacular scenery of Yosemite National Park, and then relax at Little Valley Inn! The Sierra Miwoks once lived where the Little Valley Inn now sits. Guests can still see evidence of their lives, with two mortar grinding rocks on the grounds that were used to grind acorn flour.
Guests can enjoy plenty of on-site activities: