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 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… 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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Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin

5489 Sherwin Creek Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

760-934-6918

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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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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Eleven53 Interpretive Center

10001 Minaret Road, Via Mammoth Mountain Scenic Gondola
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

800-626-6684

Take in the view from the Scenic Gondola as you climb to the top of Mammoth Mountain at 11,053 feet (3,368 m). At the summit, explore the Eleven53 Interpretive Center, with interactive displays of the area’s geologic, hydrologic and volcanic history. 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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Minaret Vista Snowcat Tours

10400 Minaret Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

800-626-6684

NOTE: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Mammoth Mountain will not operate snowcat tours this year. Learn more about Mammoth Mountain’s operational changes for the 2020/21 season. Take a ride in a snowcat for one of the most unique excursions in the Eastern Sierra with Minaret Vista Snowcat Tours. Experience the sights… Learn More

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Skytime Helicopter Tours

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. Flights are limited to four passengers. Super-safe Heli-Fun! 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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Rainbow Falls

End of CA-203 West
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

760-934-2289

The 101-foot waterfall is part of the Devils Postpile National Monument. It is known for the colorful rainbow that its mist creates. The best time to experience the rainbows is midday, when the sun is highest. Mandatory Scenic Shuttle The mandatory shuttle is operated by Eastern Sierra Transit and boards… Learn More

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