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.
Summer Events in Mammoth Lakes
The Monument features thousands of hexagonal basalt columns formed 100,000 years ago when lava flow slowed and then cooled and cracked. Accessibility: 1 mile (1.6 m) round-trip-hikeReds Meadow Scenic Shuttle, serving Devils Postpile National Monument, Reds Meadow and Rainbow Falls. This scenic...Learn More
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
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
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
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.Learn More