The Best Day Trips from Mammoth Lakes

As much as we love Mammoth Lakes, after living and working here we know that there’s more to see in the mountains that surround the town.

Mammoth Bound is built around the belief that everyone should experience the beauty of the place we call home. That’s why we’ve listed 5 of the best day trips to take from Mammoth Lakes below! Keep reading to see what day trips to take from Mammoth Lakes, then find the best deals on activities and lodging with Mammoth Bound!

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite isn’t just one of the most spectacular parks in the Sierras, it’s one of the best in the entire country. That’s why we think a visit to Yosemite is a must for anyone who is visiting Mammoth Lakes during the summer or fall.

If you take Tioga Pass, then the drive from Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite is only about 45 minutes. However, if you’re trying to reach the park after the first snow of the year then the drive will be much longer.

Tioga pass closes after the first snow of the year and only opens once the snow from winter has cleared from the road in late spring or summer, so make sure you check the status of the pass before you plan on making the drive!

Bodie State Historic Park

A trip to Mammoth Lakes doesn’t have to be all mountains and lakes. You can also see some incredible history while visiting here thanks to Bodie State Historic Park!

Bodie State Historic Park is made up of the remnants of an authentic western ghost town from California’s gold rush period. Although Bodie is no longer an inhabited town, it is in a state of “arrested decay” which means that the buildings have been preserved as they were when they were abandoned. The contents inside will give you a glimpse into the past since they’re unchanged from the last time someone lived there!

Mono Lake

Mono Lake may only look like a large lake from a distance, but there is much more than meets the eye there.

Thanks to the unique water chemistry, geology, and rare species that live in the waters of the lake, there’s enough at Mono Lake for an entire day of exploring and learning. On top of the geology and wildlife, Mono Lake is also a beautiful lake that everyone should see while visiting Mammoth Lakes!

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

Want to know what something that can live over 4000 years looks like? The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest is just about your only chance to do so, and it happens to be a great day trip from Mammoth Lakes!

Old trees may not sound very exciting at first, but once you’ve ventured into the wilderness that these trees have survived in for thousands of years and see how impressive they are in person you’ll gain a new respect for them!

Alabama Hills

You may think of Southern California for movie magic, but Alabama Hills has a long history as the setting for many popular western films.

The imposing rock formations and desert landscape are a blast to explore, and once there you’ll quickly see why this area was used in so many classic westerns!

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