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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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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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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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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Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin

5489 Sherwin Creek Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

The Mammoth Museum, located in the Hayden Cabin on the banks of Mammoth Creek, invites you to experience local history in the setting of this 1920s log cabin. Exhibits include mining implements, photos, art, intriguing memorabilia and glimpses into the lives of the people and industries that shaped Mammoth long… Learn More

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Mammoth Lakes Basin

Lake Mary Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

888-466-2666

Glacier-carved lakes form the Mammoth Lakes Basin. Twin Lakes, Lake Mary, Lake Mamie, Lake George and Horseshoe Lake are nestled below jagged peaks and pine forests. Easily accessible by public transportation, the basin provides hiking, biking and picnicking. Accessibility: Driving tour in summer and fall. Learn More

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Bodie State Historic Park

State Route 270
Bridgeport, CA 93517

760-616-5040

Bodie State Historic Park is a genuine California gold-mining ghost town. Visitors can walk down the deserted streets of a town that once had a population of nearly 10,000 people. The town is named for Waterman S. Body (William Bodey), who had discovered small amounts of gold in hills north of Mono… Learn More

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Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center, a Designated California Welcome Center

2510 Main Street
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

888-466-2666

The award-winning Welcome Center and staff is the first step in making the most out of your visit to Mammoth Lakes. Located within the Inyo National Forest, it is operated by the US Forest Service, National Park Service and Mammoth Lakes Tourism which means it’s a one-stop shop for visitors. Beyond… 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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Devils Postpile National Monument

End of CA-203 West
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

760-934-2289

This unique geological structure features thousands of hexagonal basalt columns formed 100,000 years ago when lava flow slowed and then cooled and cracked. The area is accessible in summer months, and a mandatory shuttle offers visitors transportation to Devils Postpile and other Reds Meadow areas. Catch the shuttle from the… Learn More

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