Fall in the Mammoth Lakes area is a glorious time of year. The Eastern Sierra region is laced with rugged canyons carved by rushing streams and is home to some of the finest fall color viewing anywhere.
Autumn displays of golden aspen mingle with pine forest and contrast with stark granite walls. Cottonwood and willow trees line stream banks and border alpine meadows. Above it all looms the towering Sierra Nevada range, jutting into the azure sky.
Fall is the locals' favorite time for hiking, horseback riding, fishing and exploring national monuments and parks in the area.
Fall is the perfect time to visit neighboring Yosemite National Park to see the changing leaves, a sight not often captured on camera. The entrance to the park is only 45 minutes away, and in the fall you'll practically have the place to yourself. Please note that the eastern entrance to the park via Tioga Pass Road is typically open through October unless it's an early snow year. Please check road conditions prior to arriving.
Download a free, printable pocket guide showing nine of the top viewing areas within a 30-minute drive of Mammoth Lakes.
The Eastern High Sierra Fall Color Guide provides 20 locations to view spectacular fall colors from Big Pine Canyon in the south to Walker River Canyon in the north. To request your free copy, call 888-GO-Mammoth. Or pick one up at the California Welcome Center - Mammoth Lakes, located on Highway 203 at the entrance to town.