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Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park's Mariposa Grove is located in the southernmost region of the park and is home to several hundred mature Giant Sequoias. Mariposa Grove was first discovered by non-native Californians in 1857 when Galen Clark and Milton Mann stumbled upon the grove of giant trees. Giant Sequoias are the world's largest trees by volume and are known to live well past 2,000 years old. Two thirds of the Giant Sequoias in Mariposa Grove are listed among the 25 largest Giant Sequoias in the world.
There are several notable trees within in the grove including the Grizzly Giant, the grove's second largest tree, the remains of the Fallen Tunnel Tree, which fell in 1969, the Telescope Tree, which has a partially hollow trunk due to fire, and the Columbia Tree, the tallest tree in the grove standing at 285 feet. Along with the grove of sequoias is the Mariposa Grove Museum located near Mariposa Grove. The museum houses exhibits dedicated to the history and preservation of the grove as well as a gift shop.