Yosemite West is a community of approximately 300 privately owned lots with over 100 homes developed in the 1960’s in Mariposa County at 5,800 feet elevation. The community is bordered on the West by the Sierra National Forest and on the South, East and North by Yosemite National Park. Access via the southern gate to Yosemite is via Highway 41. At the YNP southern gate the road becomes the Wawona Road. Continue driving 17 miles north on the Wawona Road to Henness Road, a short distance before the turn off to Badger Pass Ski area. This development provides the nearest lodging for Badger Pass Ski Resort.
As early as 1912 logging in the Chinquapin area was started and logs were hauled to Merced Falls. The Yosemite Valley Railroad was built to remove the lumber harvested from the vast supply of Sugar Pines found along the Merced River canyon. In fact, the remains of the longest Incline rail system ever built are just a short distance away from the Yosemite West development.
Mariposa Elementary School is located in the county seat of rural Mariposa County in the picturesque Sierra foothills, 34 miles southwest of Yosemite National Park. The school is arranged over three levels of a hillside and has approximately 300 students in Kindergarten through 6th grade, Preschool, K-6 Special Day Class, and thirteen kindergarten through sixth grade classrooms.
Mariposa Middle School is located near the town of Mariposa on twenty-five beautiful rolling, wooded acres. This school serves approximately 280 students in grades 7 and 8 coming from various parts of the County. The program is fully departmentalized, offering required and elective subjects, which are standards-based.
Mariposa County High School is located 45 miles west of Yosemite National Park in the historic town of Mariposa. The school has approximately735 students.
The State Center Community College District operates the Oakhurst Center which offers a wide variety of courses including traditional degree and vocational programs.
Merced College is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence. The leadership and educational services provided by the college reflect and enhance the cultural, economic, and social life of the community and respond to its changing needs and interests.
The University of California, Merced, is the tenth and newest of the University of California campuses. It is located in the San Joaquin Valley in unincorporated Merced County, California, near Merced.
The central valley city of Fresno is the home to California State University, Fresno. Fresno State, as the locals call it, is known for its strong academic programs and for its ardent sports fans. Fresno state is the home of the Bulldogs.