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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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Tioga Road
Lee Vining, CA 93541
209-372-0200
A spectacular day trip, Yosemite National Park is just a 45-minute drive from Mammoth Lakes. Hike through famous Tuolumne Meadows and dip your toes in Tenaya Lake. Iconic Half Dome , El Capitan and Yosemite Valley waterfalls are a scenic 1.5-hour drive through the park from Tuolumne Meadows.Learn More
2510 Main Street
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
888-466-2666

The Welcome Center sells field guides, regional and children's books, puppets, games, stuffed animals and so much more. Educational interpretive displays describe the regions geology and history. The center has wilderness permits for the Ansel Adams and John Muir Wilderness, area maps, camping...Learn More

760-934-1691

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

1200 Airport Road
Mammoth Yosemite Airport
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
321-247-8687

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

Minaret Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
The vista offers a breathtaking view of Mammoth Lakes' siganture skyline, the Minarets, which are part of the Ritter Range. The sharp, jutting spires of the Minarets are dramatic and unwordly.Learn More
Dry Creek Road Spur
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
888-466-2666
Six hundred years ago, a massive explosion heated rock and ground water, causing a large blast zone. Three craters were formed. Today, snow melt and rainwater create emerald green pools in the craters. Accessibility: 1.4 miles (2.25 km) round-trip uphill hiking trail. Directions: From the Mammoth...Learn More
1 Visitor Center Drive
Highway 395
Lee Vining, CA 93541
760-647-3044

This saltwater lake is best known for its tufa towers which were formed with the interaction of the salt and the freshwater springs bubbling up from the bottom of the lake. The center has interactive displays that teach about many aspects of the Mono Basin's geology, ecology, and human history...Learn More

Manzanar Reward Road
Independence, CA 93526
760-878-2194
In 1942, the United States government ordered more than 110,000 men, women, and children to leave their homes and detained them in remote, military-style camps. Manzanar War Relocation Center was one of ten camps where Japanese American citizens and resident Japanese aliens were incarcerated duri...Learn More
Coldwater Creek Campground Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
888-466-2666
In 1877, miners discovered silver and gold deposits on the northern slope of Red Mountain in Mammoth Lakes. Ruins of the Mammoth Consolidated Gold Mine, operated circa 1927-1933., include mining offices, assay office, a cabin, mill, bunkhouses, a school house, mining equipment and mine shafts. Fo...Learn More

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