Sightseeing

Scenic Wonders near Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes is the gateway to the Sierra’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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Mammoth Consolidated Gold Mine

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. Follow an easy dirt trail… Learn More

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Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

White Mountain Road
Big Pine, CA 93513

760-873-2500

The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest is home to some of the oldest continuously living organisms on earth. The oldest tree, Methuselah, is over 4,700 years old. Bristlecone thrive in the arid environment of the White Mountains near Mammoth Lakes at elevations between 10,000 feet (3,048 m) and 11,000 (3,353 m)…. Learn More

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Panorama Gondola at Mammoth Mountain

Mammoth Mountain Adventure Center, 10001 Minaret Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

800-626-6684

Take is 360 degree views of the Sierra Nevada from a gondola as you climb to the top of Mammoth Mountain at 11,053 feet (3,368 m). At the summit, you’ll explore the Eleven53 Interpretive Center with interactive displays on the area’s geologic, hydrologic and volcanic history. Learn More

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Minaret Vista

Minaret Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

888-466-2666

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. Also seen are Mount Ritter at 13,157 feet (4,010 m) and Banner Peak at 12,945 feet (3,945 m), the… Learn More

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Yosemite National Park

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

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MAWS Transportation

126 Old Mammoth Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

760-709-2927

Friendly and professional passenger transportation and shuttle services to or from Mammoth Lakes along the Eastern Sierra corridor. Our range of services provides point-to-point car service, door to door airport shuttles, long distance shuttle service, trailhead transfers for hikers and backpackers, summer sightseeing tours, and limousine services for weddings and… Learn More

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Hot Creek Geological Site

Hot Creek Hatchery Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

888-466-2666

Accessibility: .4 mile (.64 km) round-trip walk on a steep, paved,dirt path. Directions: Take US 395 south, turn left towards Mammoth Yosemite Airport, take 2nd right and follow the signs 3 miles (4.8 km) on unpaved, maintained road. Parking lot will be on your left. Learn More

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Caldera Kayaks

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… Learn More

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Manzanar National Historic Site

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 during World War II.Extensive exhibits span… Learn More

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Inyo Craters

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 Scenic Loop follow signs… Learn More

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