Sightseeing in Mammoth Lakes
The Gateway to California's Natural Wonders
Mammoth Lakes is an unparalleled natural wonderland. Yosemite National Park, Devils Postpile and Rainbow Falls National Monument, Mono Lake, Bodie State Historic Park, Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Mt. Whitney and the Mammoth Lakes Basin are all day trips from town. Not to mention, any activity you participate in will have jaw-dropping scenics that make you feel that you've caught a glimpse of the unbelievable.
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.
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Skytime Helicopter Tours offers scenic flights for historic tours, birthday parties, group flights, aerial photography and weddings, corporate retreats, anniversaries, educational tours, real estate tours or tailored to a whim any time. Servicing the Sierra year-round seven days a week. Flight...Learn More
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
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
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 award winning welcome center and staff is the first step in making the most out of your visit to Mammoth Lakes. Located within the Inyo National Forest, it is operated by the US Forest Service, National Park Service and Mammoth Lakes Tourism which means it's a one stop shop for visitors. ...Learn More
Just south of Mammoth Lakes, Hot Creek Hatchery is a historic site of trout production and a major supplier of trout for the excellent fishing in nearby lakes and streams. The Owens River, Lake Crowley, geothermal sites of interest, beautiful alpine lakes and Mammoth Mountain are all within a...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