Mammoth Lakes is a gorgeous vacation destination tucked away in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. This sleepy mountain town is a gateway to big adventure, with its close proximity to natural wonders such as Yosemite National Park and its fantastic ski slopes that open in the winter. No matter what time of year you visit, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the area you have to explore. Book a tour during your next vacation in Mammoth to get a great introduction to the area and find the hidden secrets of the locals. Keep reading to find out our picks for top Mammoth Lakes tours to experience!
Rock Climbing Half Day – Mammoth Lakes Tours
To explore the natural beauty of Mammoth with a side of thrilling adventure, look no further than a rock climbing tour from Ground Up Climbing Guides! This top-rated tour in Mammoth is perfect for novices and experts alike, as they can tailor your private tour experience to best suit your needs. This 4-hour tour is a perfect adventure for the whole family. Simply meet up with your guide, gear up, and head out! All of the equipment is provided, and you and your guide can determine the best terrain for your skill level. Whether you’re a first-time climber, an indoor climbing enthusiast, or you’re an avid climber looking for the best spot in Mammoth Lakes, this tour is a must!
Guided Bus Tours in Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park is filled with natural beauty and is a must visit destination for those traveling to Mammoth. Although you are sure to find stunning views no matter where you go, first time visitors who want to make the most of their day in the park should consider the Yosemite Grand Tour! This full day tour is 8 hours of exploring the most breathtaking parks of the park including Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. This tour begins at 8:45am and lunch is included in the price of the tour. Be sure to bring your camera and your walking shoes, as you won’t want to miss a second of the amazing views on the Yosemite Grand Tour!
If a full-day tour feels like too much on your agenda for the day, consider the more low-key option of the Yosemite Valley Floor Tour. This 2-hour tour is offered year-round, weather permitting. Summer departure times are 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm. Departure times for all other seasons are 10am or 2pm. This tour not only allows you to explore the beautiful sites of the Yosemite Valley Floor, but you will also learn about the local plant life, wildlife, and history. Best of all, there is still plenty of time to explore the park on your own after the tour is complete!
Private Tour in Bodie State Historic Park
Bodie State Historic Park is a great destination for anyone interested in the history of the California gold rush or the wild west. Explore the now-abandoned buildings of this once bustling mining town. Although Bodie is open year-round, peak season is Memorial Day through Labor Day, and the road will close in the winter due to snow. For a unique experience, consider booking a private tour! This 2-hour tour can be tailored to suit your interests, with your guide offering tidbits and facts that you wouldn’t find just exploring on your own. They also offer a Mines, Mills, Rails, and Ruins tour that is a more in-depth experience and offers you access to areas of the park that are closed to the public. This tour is a 4-hour exploration of Bodie and other mining towns, from their boom to their eventual decline. A 4-wheel drive vehicle is required to book this tour, but the experience is one that you won’t experience anywhere else!
Ski Tours at Mammoth Mountain
Although there are lots of great summer activities in Mammoth Lakes, nothing beats the amazing skiing that you will find here in the winter! Head to Mammoth Mountain for fantastic slopes and tons of snowy fun. For first time visitors, they offer a daily tour at 10:15am that is a great introduction to the mountain, customized to the weather conditions for the day. If you are interested in learning about the nature of Mammoth Mountain, consider the naturalist tour, offered Fridays-Sundays and holiday Mondays at 10:30am. A US Forest Service naturalist guides you through the geological patterns, and local flora and fauna that makes the mountain special. This tour is a must for anyone who loves learning about the natural world!
Whether you are visiting Mammoth in the summer or winter and are seeking easy going fun or full-blown thrills, the perfect tour is waiting for you! If you’re in search of a place to stay, you can find cozy lodging with Mammoth Five Star Lodging.