Arts & Heritage Blogs

Did You Know Mammoth Lakes Has Volcanoes!?

Jun 23, 2017 / Jason Abplanalp

The community is surrounded by an incredibly diverse collection of volcanoes found along the rim of the ancient Long Valley Caldera. MORE

From Glaciers to Gondolas: How Mammoth Mountain Got Its Shape

Jan 08, 2017 / Jason Abplanalp

When it comes to the geologic history of North American ski resorts, nothing compares to the explosive formation of Mammoth Mountain. The incredible terrain that makes it such a world-renown sports destination is directly related to its awesome, unique past.  The Birth of Mammoth Mountain: Volcano in the Sky The... MORE

John Muir in the Eastern Sierra

Aug 26, 2016 / Jason Abplanalp

2016 marks the 100th birthday of the National Park Service and it’s a landmark occasion for conservation efforts across the country. You can join in the celebration by getting out to enjoy some pristine wilderness on one of the free admission days at parks this fall.  When it comes to... MORE

Exploring the Early History of Mammoth Lakes: Top 3 Day Hikes Near Town

Jun 25, 2015 / Jason Abplanalp

Do you enjoy hiking in the legendary and scenic Sierra Nevada Mountains? Are you a history buff interested in the early development of the western U.S.? If you answered yes to either (or both) of these questions, we have three short walking adventures around Mammoth Lakes just for you. MORE

The History and Geology of the Bodie Ghost Town

Jun 12, 2015 / Jason Abplanalp

Preserved in a state of “arrested decay”, visitors to Bodie are able to explore the turn of the century remains of one of California's most lucrative mining districts. 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

Dave McCoy and the Mammoth Mountain Plan

Dec 18, 2014 / Christie Osborne

In 1946 experts from the ski industry surveyed California’s Mammoth Mountain and officially declared it a terrible place for skiing. Nowadays, Mammoth Mountain is a world-renowned ski area. MORE