Established in 1911 by presidential proclamation, Devils Postpile National Monument protects and preserves the Devils Postpile formation, the 101-foot high Rainbow Falls, and pristine mountain scenery. The formation is a rare sight in the geologic world and ranks as one of the world's finest examples of columnar basalt. Its columns tower 60 feet high and display an unusual symmetry.
With 400" of annual snowfall on 3,500 of acres of skiable terrain, 150 trails for all skill levels, seven terrain parks, and 3,100 feet of vertical terrain, Mammoth embodies all that you love about winter. With a peak elevation of 11,053 feet, it's also California's tallest ski resort. Mountain biking, hiking, and other activities abound in the warmer summer months.
Designed by Ted Robinson, one of America's most imaginative and innovative golf course architects, this course is nestled between the Sherwin Mountain Range and the slopes of Mammoth Mountain. Snowcreek is a public nine-hole golf course, par 35, which plays 3,306 yards from the back trees. A series of streams and water hazards on seven of the nine holes and well-bunkered greens make playing at an elevation of 8,000 feet quite a scoring challenge.
Hot Creek is a place to marvel at geology in action. Imagine standing inside an ancient volcano! What remains of the ancient Long Valley Caldera blast is a region of fascinating geologic wonders: hot springs, fumaroles, and craters. From Hwy 395 take the Hot Creek Hatchery Road, located 15 minutes south of Mammoth Lakes. You will then proceed 2 miles on a paved road and 3 miles on gravel road. Hot Creek is located on the left-hand side.
Situated at the base of Mount Morrison in California's eastern Sierra, Convict Lake gets its name from six prison inmates who escaped here in 1871, an event which culminated in a shoot-out. Your escape promises to be much more serene. Camp out under the stars, fish for trout, take a guided horseback trail ride, go hiking, and enjoy fine dining at the Convict Lake Restaurant.
In summer, Mammoth Mountain's ski slopes are transformed into a mountain bike paradise. Riders of all abilities and conditioning levels can enjoy its extensive trail system. The Scenic Gondola provides uphill access for mountain bikers, along with the Bike Park shuttle, which begins at the Village at Mammoth. The park offers more than 100 miles of dirt single-track trail with a 3,000 foot descent from the summit. Mammoth Mountain Bike Park opened its newest freeride trail, Twilight Zone last summer. The highlight of this trail is "The Deep End", a nine-foot high, 50-foot wide, elevated, banked wooden bowl structure.
There are hundreds of miles of unpaved roads waiting for you in the Inyo National Forest. Take the Owens River - Hot Creek Road, the scenic Lookout Loop or the Deadman Creek Trail. There's something for everyone and roads for all levels from beginning to the most challenging. SUV's with four-wheel drive may be required for some roads. Know your vehicle's limits and use wise judgment when entering unfamiliar territory. Besides your 4WD, all you need to bring is a good map, lunch, water, camera and a sense of adventure.
One great way to see Mammoth's backcountry is by horseback. Local pack outfitters offer hour-long, half and full-day rides as well as week-long excursions into the Ansel Adams and John Muir wilderness areas. A 2-hour ride, perfect for families, takes you to Heart Lake in the Mammoth Lakes Basin, passing by a historic gold mine and mining camp. Other favorites include the guided rides along Convict Lake, McGee Canyon, Rock Creek and Red's Meadow. Relax and enjoy the Sierra scenery while the horses do what they love. For a real old west experience you can be a working cowboy on a horse drive during the spring and fall seasons. No experience necessary - they'll show you the ropes.
Yosemite National Park is one of the world's most spectacular natural wonders. Many have said that Yosemite's natural beauty has the power to take one's breath away. Yosemite has far more to offer than just beauty. Experience fishing for wild trout throughout Yosemite. Soaring peaks, tranquil lakes, towering waterfalls and ancient forests await travelers ready to venture away from the highway and into the Yosemite wilderness.
Relax in the comfortable elegance of Chart House, a cozy restaurant located in the small Sierra town of Mammoth Lakes. Whether you are in Mammoth for skiing, hiking, fishing, mountain biking, golf or just a family getaway in the cool pines, Chart House is the perfect place for a leisurely dinner.
Featuring continental cuisine and specialties like Rack of Lamb and Beef Wellington, The Restaurant at Convict Lake is located 10 minutes from Mammoth Lakes and has been awarded TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence. Enjoy a romantic dinner on a snowy winter evening, or stop in for pizza in the Lounge after the fishing weekend opener.
Since opening in 2003, Petra's Bistro & Wine Bar has been a steadfast favorite among Mammoth Lakes restaurants. Located in the Alpenhof Lodge just across from the Village Gondola, the delightful and friendly restaurant complements contemporary American cuisine with 30 wines by the glass, over 350 wines by the bottle, and handcrafted cocktails.
The Original Looney Bean, Mammoth's first coffee roaster, is now located in the corner of the Rite Aid Mall in the heart of downtown Mammoth Lakes. You'll find great coffee, friendly service, and fresh baked pastries prepared on site daily.