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Free summer service provides historical tour of the Mariposa gold rush community

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POSTED July 6, 2012 11:04 p.m.

MARIPOSA – Visitors to Yosemite this summer have even more to see and do with the introduction of The Mariposa Experience, a free trolley service around the town of Mariposa that provides easy access to the area’s shopping, dining and historic attractions along with free activities and prizes.

Now through Sept. 2 on Saturdays and Sundays between 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., The Mariposa Experience encourages people to park their cars and enjoy a trolley that takes visitors to some of Mariposa’s historic sites including the courthouse, built in 1854 and the oldest courthouse still in use today west of the Rocky Mountains, the jail built in 1892, and the downtown area. The trolley also stops at the Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) Park and Ride lot, which provides service in to Yosemite National Park.

As part of The Mariposa Experience, visitors will be treated to roping demonstrations, cowboy poetry readings, gold mining and other activities.  Guests will also receive a passport that can be stamped at various locations in town and then submitted to win various prizes including a ticket to zipline at Yosemite Zipline & Adventure Ranch, a free pass to ride the YARTS into Yosemite National Park, Yosemite souvenirs, gift baskets and gift certificates for local restaurants and shops.

The Yosemite/Mariposa County Tourism Bureau introduced The Mariposa Experience to support Yosemite National Park’s initiative to reallocate Yosemite Valley traffic congestion during the peak summer travel season.

For more information about The Mariposa Experience, please call (209) 742-4567.

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