Since 1975, the Mariposa County Pioneer Wagon Train has made its historic trek from the Goat Meadow campground in Fish Camp, CA to the Mariposa County Fairgrounds. Following many of the old stage coach roads from the 1800s, the Wagon Train covers this 32 mile trip over the course of three days, camping each night at a different site along the way. We begin with dinner around the campfire on Wednesday night at Goat Meadow, and end on Saturday, with dinner and a western dance at the Historic Van Ness Ranch.
For 2014, the 39th Annual ride will take place on the 2nd weekend in June (11th - 14th).
The ride will end at a local ranch on Carleton Road. This will make our Saturday evening dinner a real Western Experience!
The Wagon Train welcomes participation from owners of wagons and teams, horseback riders, and those who just want to walk the trail, pioneer-style. All participants are encouraged to dress in period costumes on the rides, around the campfires and especially for the Saturday night Dinner/Dance. Recognition will be given for "Most Authentic Attire" so don't be shy.
In addition, the public is invited to attend and participate in all evening festivites throughout the three (3) day event. Campfires begin at 5:00 PM along with music and cowboy poetry. If you play an instrument, bring it along. If you are a story teller, bring one to share. Dinner starts at 6:00 PM and raffle drawings are held throughout the evening. So mark your calendars and bring the entire family to a truly unique experience.
Left: The Cannonball Stage leaves Fish Camp. Right: Scouts Dianne Austin and Peggy DeBuyser water their horses at Silva Road.