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 101-foot waterfall is part of the Devils Postpile National Monument. It is known for the colorful rainbow that its mist creates. The best time to experience the rainbows is midday, when the sun is highest.
Mandatory Scenic Shuttle
The mandatory shuttle is operated by Eastern ...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
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 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