5 Things to See in Mammoth Lakes

It can be stressful choosing between seeing the mountains, water, and trails of Mammoth Lakes. People don’t visit Mammoth Lakes to be stressed though, so the Mammoth Bound team has put together a quick list of the top 5 things to see in Mammoth Lakes!

Whether you’re a family visiting Mammoth for the first time or an experienced outdoor adventurer, our list of Mammoth Lakes’ top sights has the perfect adventure for you! Keep reading, and then use Mammoth Bound to find the best deals on lodging and rentals in Mammoth Lakes!

Minaret Vista

There isn’t another place that combines accessibility and beauty in Mammoth Lakes like Minaret Vista.

You can hike to the top of Minaret Vista, but you can also drive there if you’re in a hurry. From the top you’ll enjoy a stunning view of the Minarets that the area gets its name from. If the Minarets aren’t enough for you, there are peaks in every direction and with the time you save getting to the summit you can see the other attractions on this list!

Devils Postpile

There are plenty of unforgettable sights in Mammoth Lakes, but there may be nothing as unique as Devils Postpile National Monument.

Devils Postpile and its incredible natural columns are beautiful, rare, and surrounded by several other natural wonders that will make any trip to Devils Postpile an incredible day. Whether you’re a mountain lover or on a day trip to see something you can’t see at home, Devils Postpile is a must see!

Please note that to see Devils Postpile you must enter Devils Postpile National Monument, which requires you to take the Scenic Shuttle into the area. Click here to learn more about the shuttle into Devils Postpile.

Rainbow Falls

Located near Devils Postpile and within the monument’s boundaries, Rainbow Falls is another stunning sight which you won’t want to miss.

Water falls down a 101-foot face onto the rocks below at the falls, and in the right conditions the water creates the namesake rainbow. Like Devils Postpile, you must take the Scenic Shuttle into the area to see Rainbow Falls. From the drop-off, you will then hike 1.7 miles until you hit the falls!

Mammoth Mountain Summit

Whether there’s snow on Mammoth Mountain or not, the view from the summit is an incredible experience that everyone should experience.

In the winter and spring Mammoth Mountain’s summit can be accessed by the Scenic Gondola. In the summer and fall, the scenic gondola also runs to the top of the summit and the café operating there.

You can also hike to the summit when the mountain is closed for skiing and snowboarding, so take advantage and enjoy one of the best views in Mammoth!

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is one of the most popular national parks in the world, which is why we’re including it here even though it’s a day trip from Mammoth Lakes.

During the summer and fall Tioga Pass connects Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite and allows visitors to see spectacular mountains in Mammoth and Yosemite’s spectacular walls, falls, and sights.

Yosemite is a large park and the Tioga Pass entrance is on the far side of it, so leave plenty of time to drive to the park and get through it all!

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