Stargazing near Mammoth Lakes, CA

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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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Sightsee in Mammoth Lakes

10400 Minaret Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
800-626-6684

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area introduces an unparalleled culinary and wilderness adventure in the Eastern Sierra. Minaret Vista Snowcat Tours will whisk guests away in a luxury snowcat and embark on an unforgettable journey to Minaret Vista. En route, guests will experience the winter beauty and p...Learn More

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 ...Learn More

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 1...Learn More

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
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

Hot Creek Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
760-934-2664

Just south of Mammoth Lakes, Hot Creek Trout Hatchery is a historic site of trout production and a major supplier of trout for the excellent fishing in nearby lakes and streams. The Owens River, Lake Crowley, geothermal sites of interest, beautiful alpine lakes and Mammoth Mountain are all wit...Learn More

On Minaret Road between Main Street & Mammoth Mountain's Main Lodge
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
888-466-2666
This sizable fissure is not an earthquake fault caused by a single quake, as the name implies. Geologists now believe it is a system of fractures formed during a series of strong quakes when the Inyo Craters and Inyo Domes erupted centuries ago.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

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.

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