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The Southern Sierra Sights

Panorama Gondola

  • Mountain–Sight
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 05/05/2014

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Even if you don't ski, ride the gondola to see Mammoth Mountain, the aptly named dormant volcano that gives Mammoth Lakes its name. Gondolas serve skiers in winter and mountain bikers and sightseers in summer. The high-speed, eight-passenger gondolas whisk you from the chalet to the summit, where you can read about the area's volcanic history and take in top-of-the-world views. Standing high above the tree line, you can look west 150 miles across the state to the Coastal

Range; to the east are the highest peaks of Nevada and the Great Basin beyond. You won't find a better view of the Sierra High Country without climbing. Remember, though, that the air is thin at the 11,053-foot summit; carry water, and don't overexert yourself. The boarding area is at the Main Lodge.

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Sight Information


Off Minaret Rd. (Hwy. 203), west of village center, Mammoth Lakes, California, 93546, United States



Sight Details:

  • $25
  • July 4–Oct., daily 9–4:30; Nov.–July 3, daily 8:30–4

Updated 05/05/2014


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