Yosemite National Park

Sightseeing

Mammoth Lakes is an unparalleled natural wonderland. Situated at the edge of one of the earth’s largest volcanic calderas—second in North America only to Yellowstone—the landscape abounds with spectacular world-class geological features: granite domes, craters, fissures, lava tubes, symmetrical columns of basalt, saline lakes, outcroppings of white quartz and pure black obsidian, warm creeks and natural hot springs pools. The cracked and jagged ribs of the great Sierra Nevada run through it all; the highest range in the Continental U.S. and one of the youngest and most tectonically active mountain ranges on the planet. Sculpted by glaciers and rivers, the flanks of these mountains are now covered in ancient forests of fir and pine. In the high valleys and basins are icy blue lakes and streams populated by frogs and wild trout, and meadows teeming with wildflowers.

 

Sightseeing

Hot Creek Hatchery Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Accessibility: .4 mile (.64 km) round-trip walk on a steep, paved,dirt path. Directions: Take US 395 south, turn left towards Mammoth Yosemite Airport, take 2nd right and follow the signs 3 miles (4.8 km) on unpaved, maintained road. Parking lot will be on your left.Learn More
On Minaret Road between Main Street & Mammoth Mountain's Main Lodge
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
This sizable fissure is not an earthquake fault caused by a single quake, as the name implies. Geologists now believe it is a system of fractures formed during a series of strong quakes when the Inyo Craters and Inyo Domes erupted centuries ago.Learn More
2521 Old Mammoth Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
760-937-1312

This sightseeing experience to Yosemite National Park will give you a valuable understanding of the Park story. A door-to-door service, your full-day tour departs from Mammoth Lakes in an air-conditioned SUV. Take in the beauty of Tuolumne Meadows, Tenaya Lake, granite domes, giant sequoias an...Learn More

10400 Minaret Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area introduces an unparalleled culinary and wilderness adventure in the Eastern Sierra. Mammoth Snowcat Tours will whisk guests away in a luxury snowcat and embark on an unforgettable journey to Minaret Vista. En route, guests will experience the winter beauty and peacefulne...Learn More
760-934-1691

Some of the Eastern Sierra's most dramatic scenery can best be viewed from the water! Explore vast and ancient tufa formations at Mono Lake and kayak to Rush Creek on a guided natural history tour, or rent a kayak and head out on your own. Paddle the Long Valley Caldera on scenic Crowley Lake ...Learn More

White Mountain Road
Big Pine, CA 93513
760-873-2500

The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest is home to some of the oldest continuously living organisms on earth. The oldest tree, Methuselah, is over 4,700 years old. Bristlecone thrive in the arid environment of the White Mountains near Mammoth Lakes at elevations between 10,000 feet (3,048 m) and 1...Learn More

10001 Minaret Road
Via Mammoth Mountain Scenic Gondola
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
800-626-6684

Take in the view from the Scenic Gondola as you climb to the top of Mammoth Mountain at 11,053 feet (3,368 m). At the summit, explore the Eleven53 Interpretive Center, with interactive displays of the area's geologic, hydrologic and volcanic history.

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