Sightseeing Blogs

Unique Wildflowers of the Eastern Sierra

May 07, 2015 / Monica Prelle

The Eastern Sierra Nevada hillsides come alive with bright hues of yellow, orange, red and purple wildflowers in the spring and summer. Buy a wildflower field guide at the Mammoth Welcome Center and learn more about local fauna, and take a walk along one of our favorite trails for wildflower viewing. MORE

Earth History Drives: Mammoth Lakes to the Owens River Gorge

Apr 08, 2015 / Jason Abplanalp

From massive volcanic eruptions to mountain shaping glaciers and ancient seas, the region around Mammoth Lakes has an exciting and unique geologic history. When in the area, there is no better way to observe the geologic evolution of the Eastern Sierra than by traveling from Mammoth Lakes to the nearby Owens River Gorge. MORE

Interpretive Hikes of the Mammoth Lakes Region: Hot Creek Geologic Site

Mar 14, 2015 / Jason Abplanalp

Hot Creek is a spectacular interpretive site and recreation area located only 8 miles southeast of Mammoth Lakes. At this location, water from superheated geothermal springs interacts with a cold, alpine stream and visitors get a first-hand view of geological processes actively shaping the Eastern Sierra landscape. The interpretive area is easily accessible throughout most of the year and a well maintained and short trail descends into the middle of the geothermal activity. MORE

The Geology and History of Mono Lake

Mar 12, 2015 / Jason Abplanalp

Mono Lake, located 30 miles north of Mammoth Lakes along U.S. Highway 395, is the largest natural lake completely within the borders of California. This saline (salt water) body of water in the heart of the desert has a natural beauty that is as rich as the area's history. From the geologic birth of the lake just under a million years ago to the present ongoing conservation efforts, the diverse history of Mono Lake has components that will interest any visitor to the Eastern Sierra region. MORE

Manzanar National Historic Site

Jan 27, 2015 / Mike McKenna

December 7th, 1941 is a day that lives in American infamy. February 19, 1942 is another day that lives in far-less-famous American infamy. On that fateful day, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. This instructed the Secretary of War, Henry Stimson, to take whatever “reasonable action the Secretary deemed necessary” concerning the evacuation of Japanese Americans and to set up “Military Areas,” now known as “War Relocation Centers” (WRC)—but perhaps best described as “Concentration Camps”—throughout the West. MORE

Mammoth Lakes’ Beginnings: The Historic Knight Water Wheel

Jan 10, 2015 / Jason Abplanalp

Like many western mountain towns, the first Europeans to settle in the Mammoth Lakes area were drawn by wealth locked deep within the expansive landscape. Gold was discovered in the vicinity of Old Mammoth in 1877 and thousands of men rapidly flocked to the region in the hopes of striking it rich. Today, evidence of these industrious pioneers remains throughout Old Mammoth and no object is able to tell the story of Mammoth's early history better than the historic Knight water wheel. MORE

Mono Lake | Featured Itinerary

Aug 27, 2014 / Christie Osborne

Mono Lake is one of the Eastern Sierra's most spectacular natural wonders. It's surrounded by the grand beauty of the rugged, granite-peaked Sierra Nevada Mountains, but it's not the just its spectacular beauty that makes Mono Lake unique. MORE

Photography Essentials for the Winter Recreationalist

Aug 27, 2014 / John Vallejo

First-hand experience is the best teacher to prepare for winter photoshoots, but here are five tips to get you ahead of the curve before your next mountain exposure. MORE