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Four Must-See Destinations Near Mammoth Lakes

Looking for things to do in Mammoth Lakes on your upcoming visit? There are plenty of attractions to check out both in and around Mammoth Lakes. Nature lovers will find that there is no shortage of hiking trails or gorgeous natural wonders worthy of at least a few photographs. As you are booking your stay in one of these lovely rentals, pick at least a few of the following must-see destinations to add to your itinerary. 


Yosemite National Park

Got your gear ready and your safety tips for hiking down pat? Yosemite National Park is full of spectacular sights, and since it is only 40 miles from Mammoth Lakes, it is a popular attraction for those staying in one of the Mammoth Lakes rentals. First-timers should prepare a schedule of what to see in Yosemite and be aware of how to get there. Difficulties vary depending on where you decide to go in Yosemite, so keep that in mind as well.

Do not skip out on seeing Tuolomne Meadows! It is a beautiful alpine meadow with a gentle river flowing through it. You’ll see wildlife almost everywhere you look, and it is an easy terrain for beginners. Bridalveil Fall is one of the most breathtaking formations you will ever see. Take a quick hike up it to see some amazing waterfalls that spray mist everywhere. Oh, and don’t miss out on Mirror Lake! It is near the Half Dome and gives you an amazing view of the cliffs. The trail here is paved and 2 miles roundtrip, making it accessible for those in wheelchairs, those with strollers, and beginner hikers.

Devils Postile National Monument & Reds Meadow

Just under 14 miles away by car, Reds Meadow is a ‘must’ for those looking to do some hiking, horseback riding, or fishing. You can get there by car or by taking the Reds Meadow/Devils Postpile shuttle along with the Mammoth Mountain Bike Park Shuttle from the Village at Mammoth. You can also choose to board a shuttle at Adventure Center by Mammoth Mountain Main Lodge.

If you do the John Muir Trail, you can opt to go see Devils Postpile, but Reds Meadow provides a more direct route to them. Devils Postpile National Monument also includes Rainbow Falls. You can see each attraction on a 4.5-mile point-to-point hike with only a minor rise in elevation of approximately 600 feet. The trip takes 2-3 hours when you include rest breaks and, of course, stops to snap some stunning photos!

bristlecone forest

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

Although you will have to drive 80 miles to get there, the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest is worth it. It is home to bristlecone pines, the oldest trees in the entire world. Some are over 4,000 years old! They are known for their twisting shapes and beautiful wood color.

When you get there, stop at the visitor center at Schulman Grove. Pick one of the self-guided trails that works for your experience level. Patriarch Grove is 12 miles to the north on an accessible dirt road and has the largest bristlecone pine, known as the Patriarch Tree. Make sure you get an early start if you plan on seeing this attraction!

Bodie State Historic Park (and Mono Lake)

60 miles north of Mammoth Lakes is Bodie State Historic Park, home of Mono Lake. Bodie was once a bustling gold-mining town, home to 10,000 people. Now, a small, decayed part of it remains with interiors still stocked with goods. As you might reasonably expect, the town is totally haunted – that is, if you believe in ghosts. If you don’t, go to Bodie anyway for a fun Ghost Walk. It is open to the public on July 25 and September 5, 2020. Bodie will be open until 10 p.m., with the walk starting at 6 p.m. at the Church.

All year-round, Bodie is full of great sites to see. Mono Lake is one that can’t be ignored. Located along the ridge of Great Basin and the Sierra Mountains, saline Mono Lake spans more than 70 square miles. It is home to trillions of alkali flies and brine shrimp but has no fish in it. The limestone tufa towers rise up along the shoreline, and every year, migrating birds – which come by the millions – can be seen all around the lake.

While staying in one of these deluxe rentals, get out and explore the natural sites around Mammoth Lakes. Be sure to take plenty of pictures while doing your Mammoth Lakes sightseeing so that your loved ones back home can take the journey too.


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