Mariposa

Retains the charm of the late 1800s

There’s plenty to photograph in the little gold rush town of Mariposa.  It was built in the late 1850’s and retains the charm of a bygone era.  Many of the structures remain standing, because they have always been in use!  It is one of the few towns in California without a single stop light.  

Mariposa is nestled among mountainous forested backdrop, with a creek running through the center of town.  There is beauty to photograph simply in it’s natural setting.  Do you love history and architecture?  Scout around and photograph some of it’s 61 buildings listed on the Federal Register of Historical Places.

The Mariposa County Courthouse is so picture worthy that it is on the County Seal.  This courthouse has been in continuous use since it opened in 1854.  

The Mariposa Museum and History Center was named one of the best small museums in America by the Smithsonian Institute.  

The California State Mining and Mineral Museum contains over 13,000 gems including a 13.8 pound piece of crystalline gold.  

Besides being the most photogenic old town in Central California, there are lots of unique places to eat, drink, and shop in Mariposa.

Be creative! Try some black and white, or sepia shots to give your pictures a different feel.



  • 70 miles north of Fresno
  • Best time to go: Anytime
  • Entry fee: Free
  • Some walking required

Photo Tips

Take a wide angle lens, or a versatile wide to zoom lens. A tripod is recommended, but not a must.