Yosemite gets its groove back … and welcomes back an important grove.

We missed you, Mariposa Grove.

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    Darren Elms

Yosemite’s had a rough few years … drought, fires and a nasty little pine-eating beetle haven’t been kind to the beautiful Sierras. But as summer 2018 picks up steam, California’s treasured national park can take a deep breath of fresh air and celebrate some important milestones.

Perhaps the biggest news of the year is the reopening of Mariposa Grove. Located at the southern end of the park, the grove is home to largest collection of sequoias in Yosemite.

Abraham Lincoln first ceded Mariposa Grove, along with Yosemite Valley, to California in 1864. The oldest tree in the grove, the Grizzly Giant, is believed to be 1,900 to 2,400 years old.

Now you can visit the historic monument with an ADA-accessible boardwalk and improved welcome plaza.

Just outside the gates and close to Mariposa Grove, you’ll find convenience and comfort at the Tenaya Lodge. This handsome, recently renovated resort offers the perfect venue to kick off your Yosemite adventure. Be sure to check out one of their adults-only lodge suites or family-friendly, woodsy cottages.

In addition to three amazing restaurants on property, guests can also enjoy both an indoor and outdoor pool and indulge in rejuvenating treatments at the Ascent Spa. Coming next year the resort will introduce private cabins for an even more authentic camp experience, and an adventure zone for the young and young at heart. tenayalodge.com

Tenaya Lodge can help you experience the natural wonders of Yosemite via a private bus tour. Outfitted in luxury, the buses feature a retractable roof so you can enjoy an unobstructed view of the towering trees and vistas surrounding you. Take in incredible views of El Capitan, Half Dome, Bridalveil Fall, Glacier Point and much more along your journey. Plus there’s a charging station at each seat so you don’t have to worry about missing that perfect Ansel Adams moment on your smartphone.