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Things to see and do in Mammoth Lakes

Aside from skiing, snowboarding, mountaineering, biking, hiking and every other activity you can think of... here are five things not to miss whilst on holiday in Mammoth Lakes.

1. Devils Postpile – This National Monument protects a rare and fascinating geological formation of columnar basalt; one of the finest in the world. From its trailhead you can access a number of day and overnight hikes, including the John Muir and Pacific Crest Trail.

2. Mammoth Gondola – If you’re visiting during the summer months, it is 100% worthwhile taking the gondola up to 'Top of the Sierra'. You will truly feel on top of the world. Enjoy a short, medium or long hike and visit one of the highest interpretive centres in the world!

3. Convict Lake – At the base of Mount Morrison you’ll find Convict Lake. Although now an incredibly peaceful and beautiful place to visit, its name comes from a story much less serene…of six inmates from Nevada prison, who escaped here and eventually battled their way out with a very violent shootout! It is now a wonderful spot for fishing, horseback riding and hiking.

4. Mono Lake – Hauntingly beautiful and one of the oldest lakes in the western hemisphere, Mono lake is 695 square miles in size, feeling almost sea-like in its enormity. The lakes salty water is brilliant for swimming, but also sustains trillions of shrimp which attract a huge array of migratory birds, much to the delight of keen bird-watchers from around the world. The lake is also well known for its ‘tufa towers’, which are mineral formations created from the fresh-water springs which bubble up through the alkaline water of Mono Lake.

5. Bodie Ghost Town – One of California’s only genuine gold-mining ghost towns lies in Bodie State Historic Park, just over an hour north of Mammoth Lakes. Once home to over 10,000 people, all that survives today are deserted streets but much of the original infrastructure remains intact. The shelves of former shops and bars are kept fully stocked by the park rangers, allowing visitors to step back in time and get a real insight into what Bodie State life was like.

Where to stay in Mammoth Lakes ->

Hotel of the month: Six Senses Con Dao

This rustic yet luxurious tropical retreat is surrounded by nature and fronted by wide, gleaming-white sands on the unspoilt island of Con Dao, a short flight from Ho Chi Minh City – the perfect beach ending to a top-to-toe journey through Vietnam.

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Hotel of the month: Six Senses Con Dao

This rustic yet luxurious tropical retreat is surrounded by nature and fronted by wide, gleaming-white sands on the unspoilt island of Con Dao, a short flight from Ho Chi Minh City – the perfect beach ending to a top-to-toe journey through Vietnam.