The Southern Sierra: Places to Explore


  • Bodie State Historic Park

    The historic town of Bridgeport is the gateway to Bodie State Historic Park, and the only supply center for miles around. The scenery is spectacular, with craggy, snowcapped peaks looming over vast prairies... Read more

  • El Portal

    The market in town is a good place to pick up provisions before you get to Yosemite. You'll find a post office and a gas station, but not much else.... Read more

  • Fish Camp

    As you climb in elevation along Highway 41 northbound, you see nothing but trees until you get to the small settlement of Fish Camp, where there's a post office and general store, but no gasoline (for... Read more

  • Lee Vining

    Tiny Lee Vining is known primarily as the eastern gateway to Yosemite National Park (summer only) and the location of vast and desolate Mono Lake. Pick up supplies at the general store year-round, or stop... Read more

  • Mammoth Lakes

    International real-estate developers joined forces with Mammoth Mountain Ski Area to transform the once sleepy town of Mammoth Lakes (elevation 7,800 feet) into an upscale ski destination. The Village... Read more

  • Oakhurst

    Motels, restaurants, gas stations, and small businesses line Highway 41 in Oakhurst, the last sizeable community before Yosemite —the south entrance is 23 miles north of town—and a good spot to find provisions... Read more

  • Three Rivers

    In the foothills of the Sierra along the Kaweah River, the serpentine hamlet of Three Rivers serves as the main gateway town to Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks. Its livelihood depends largely on... Read more