Replace the Historic Wawona Stage Coach - 2014

An authentic replica of Yosemite’s original stage coach welcomes visitors to the Pioneer Yosemite History Center

Between 1987 and 2014, tens of thousands of visitors enjoyed riding in an authentic replica of the original stage coach that ushered people into Yosemite Valley during the park’s early years. Over that time the sound and sight of the stage and its team of horses rumbling through the Pioneer Yosemite History Center became an iconic symbol of Yosemite’s past.

After 27 years of service in all types of road and weather conditions, the wagon needed to be replaced. Your support helped commission an expert team of wagon-builders to build a new replica in 2014, restoring a piece of park history and commemorating two Yosemite milestones: the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant and the 50th anniversary of the Pioneer Yosemite History Center. The beautiful new stage coach, which was delivered to the park in October 2014, will provide decades of service to park visitors of all ages as they learn first-hand about what it was like to travel through Yosemite more than a century ago.

Your gifts help us enhance the Yosemite experience for thousands of visitors today and in the future by creating connections to the park’s past.

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Project Notes

Each year, thousands of park visitors and hundreds and hundreds of school children ride the wagon. This new stage coach will allow so many more visitors to experience horse-drawn travel, relive a bit of history and better understand Yosemite’s past.

Burrel “Buckshot” Maier
Park Ranger/Stage Driver
Yosemite National Park