The vacation rentals in the Mammoth area of California are just a few minutes away from the best ski resort areas in the U.S.; you can expect to have a great time even during the summer months. Popular tourist spots include Rock Creek Canyon, June Lake and Mountain Ski Area, Bodie State Historic Park, Mono Lake, Devils Postpile National Monument and Crowley Lake. Spend the entire summer in your own Mammoth rental and brace yourself for an adventure-filled getaway. You can look forward to Yosemite and scenic gondola tours as well as world-class fishing in its surrounding lakes. Finish off your summer vacation by going on hiking trips or by playing golf on an 18-hole course.
Scenic Gondola Rides
Mammoth Mountain's summit is at 11,000 feet and you can reach this peak by hopping on a gondola; not your usual Venetian gondola in the water but this time around, it's airborne. Once you're on top, you'll be treated to a 360 degree-view of the entire peak and surrounding scenery. Gondola rides start at $18 per person and children under 6 years old are free of charge as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Seniors also enjoy free rides.
Mammoth Interpretive Center
The Interpretive Center is the first of its kind in California and is located right on the mountain's summit. Admission is free for those who have the gondola and bike park tickets in hand. Topics and displays in the center include the area's geology, volcanic history, weather patterns and spectacular views of the Eastern Sierra landscape.
Fishing season in the Eastern Sierra starts on the last Saturday of April until it ends November 15. The best trout fishing spots are the Owens River, Mammoth Lakes Basin and the San Joaquin River.
Wilderness Outfitters Guide Service is the only authorized fly fishing guide in Mammoth. They also sell flies, rods, reels and outerwear. You can also drop by their shop for the latest fishing reports and weather conditions.
Yosemite and Scenic Tours
Mammoth is the perfect place to launch your Yosemite National Park Tour. During the summer, you can take the Tioga Pass to the Yosemite Valley. Travel time is around 2 hours and you can take the Yosemite Area Rapid Transit System that picks up tourists in several areas of Mammoth. Once you're in Yosemite, you have 6 hours to enjoy the majestic waterfalls and rock formations.
The 18-hole Sierra Star Golf Course holds the title of being the highest golf course in California, at 8,000 feet above sea level. While having a friendly game with co-tourists and family, enjoy the sights of winding mountain streams, towering red firs and blossoming wildflowers in the background. If you're lucky, you may even spot the elusive, white-tailed deer. Fees range from $99 to $129.
There are 2 hiking trails to the summit that you can take during the summer; the Mammoth Mountain Trail and the Dragon's Back Trail. Both trails will take around 3 hours. Mid-mountain and base hiking trips are also available.
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