The Southern Sierra

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  • 1. Bodie Ghost Town

    Ghost Town

    The mining village of Rattlesnake Gulch, abandoned mine shafts, and the remains of a small Chinatown are among the sights at this fascinating...Read More

  • 2. Devils Postpile National Monument

    Geological Site

    Volcanic and glacial forces sculpted this formation of smooth, vertical basalt columns. For a bird's-eye view, take the short, steep trail to...Read More

  • 3. Mammoth Lakes Basin

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    Mammoth's seven main lakes are popular for fishing and boating in summer, and a network of multiuse paths connects them to the North Village...Read More

  • 4. Mono Lake

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    Since the 1940s Los Angeles has diverted water from this lake, exposing striking towers of tufa, or calcium carbonate. Court victories by...Read More

  • 5. Panorama Gondola

    Mountain–Sight

    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...Read More

  • 6. Fresno Flats Historical Village and Park

    Museum/Gallery

    For a dose of colorful foothills history, make a quick stop at this engaging local museum centered around two 1870s houses. ...Read More

  • 7. Hot Creek Geological Site

    Geological Site

    Forged by an ancient volcanic eruption, the geological site is a landscape of boiling hot springs, fumaroles, and occasional geysers. Swimming...Read More

  • 8. Hot Creek Trout Hatchery

    Fish Hatchery

    This outdoor fish hatchery has the breeding ponds for many of the fish—typically from 3 to 5 million annually—with which the state stocks Eastern...Read More

  • 9. Hume Lake

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    This reservoir, built by loggers in the early 1900s, is now the site of several church-affiliated camps, a gas station, and a public campground...Read More

  • 10. June Lake Loop

    Scenic Drive/Tour

    Heading south from Lee Vining, U.S. 395 intersects the June Lake Loop. This gorgeous 17-mile drive follows an old glacial canyon past Grant...Read More

  • 11. Mammoth Rock 'n' Bowl

    Restaurant–Sight

    A sprawling complex with sweeping views of the Sherwin Mountains, Mammoth Rock 'n' Bowl supplies one-stop recreation, entertainment, and dining...Read More

  • 12. Minaret Vista

    Geological Site

    The glacier-carved sawtooth spires of the Minarets, the remains of an ancient lava flow, are best viewed from the Minaret Vista. Pull off the...Read More

  • 13. Village at Mammoth

    Town/Village

    This huge complex of shops, restaurants, and luxury accommodations is the town's tourist center, and the venue for many special events—check...Read More

  • 14. Yosemite Gateway Gallery Row

    Museum/Gallery

    Find out what mountain art is all about at this enclave of five galleries representing dozens of painters, sculptors, and other artists. ...Read More

  • 15. Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    Travel back to a time when powerful steam locomotives hauled massive log trains through the Sierra. This 4-mile, narrow-gauge railroad excursion...Read More

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