Sierra Nevada

The Sierra Nevada is a high-altitude mountain range that spans most of the eastern portion of California. The Sierras are definitely one of the best regions in California for outdoor adventure. Here you'll find Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in North America's lower 48 states, and many other notable places like Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe, Mammoth Mountain, Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park. There are ghost towns, Giant Sequoia forests, recreational lakes, waterfalls, active volcanoes and several ski resorts. This region is superb for camping, fishing, hiking, golfing, skiing, horseback riding and many other outdoor activities. Find activities, entertainment, towns, wineries, things to do and points of interest in the Sierra Nevada.

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National Parks

Half Dome

Yosemite National Park is an expansive playground of glacial-carved granite that's renowned as one of the world's natural wonders. Features include shear granite walls rising thousands of feet in elevation, towering waterfalls, meadows and many lakes and streams. There is so much to see and do in Yosemite we've dedicated an entire page on it alone. MORE DETAILS

Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park are huge wilderness areas with camping, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, caving and picnicking. Park features include giant sequoia forests, waterfalls, meadows and caves. MORE DETAILS

Manzanar Internment Camp

Manzanar is the site of a World War II relocation camp for citizens of Japanese descent. Little remains of the original camp. A museum contains artifacts left behind and historical facts and documents about the camp. MORE DETAILS

Devils Postpile photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Devils Postpile is one of the world's finest examples of columnar basalt. A wall of black, hexagonal columns rise 60-feet high from the hiking trail. A few miles farther on the same trail will place you at the picturesque Rainbow Falls. MORE DETAILS

State Parks

Calaveras Giant Redwood

Calaveras Big Trees is a giant sequoia forest with a self-guided trail and campgrounds. Activities include hiking and camping. Some campgrounds are located adjacent to the sequoia forest but other more secluded camps are farther into the park. MORE DETAILS

Donner Lake

Donner Memorial State Park is a large recreational area with a lake, campgrounds, museum and nature trails. Donner Lake offers a launch ramp and boat rentals from ski boats to canoes. MORE DETAILS

Sugar Pine Point is a pristine forest with campgrounds situated lakeside on Lake Tahoe. A featured attraction is the Ehrman Mansion built in 1903 known as Pine Lodge. MORE DETAILS

D.L. Bliss is located on the southwest shore of Lake Tahoe and features a campground, hiking trails and vistas of the lake. From some of these trails you can see a hundred feet or more into the depths of crystal clear Lake Tahoe. MORE DETAILS

Emerald Bay State Park

Emerald Bay is a secluded cove that was once a separate lake from Lake Tahoe and contains some of the clearest water on the lake. Emerald Bay contains the only island on the lake and is just large enough to support a tiny stone tea house that is an extension of the Vikingsholm castle onshore. MORE DETAILS

Grover Hot Springs is located in one of the most beautiful and remote regions in the entire state. The highlight of Grover Hot Springs are several heated mineral pools that are enjoyed by visitors as well as locals from the area. A large campground is within walking distance of the pools. MORE DETAILS

Bodie Ghost Town

Bodie ghost town is a former gold mining town tucked into the Sierra Nevada foothills. This town of 20 grew to a thriving city when gold was discovered in 1877. Within a few short years the gold ran out and the town was completely abandoned. Several original ghost town structures and stories of rampant crime & gun battles are left for visitors today. MORE DETAILS

Mono Lake Tufas

Mono Lake is a large but shallow lake that is one of the oldest lakes in North America. Mono tufas are mineral deposits that protrude above the lake's surface. The water is 2.5 times saltier than the ocean, which results in additional buoyancy when swimming. MORE DETAILS


Campgrounds are abundant throughout the Sierra Nevada. Relax and get closer to nature with your own tent and sleeping bag. Cook your catch over an open fire after a day of boating and fishing on one of many lakes. MORE DETAILS

Crystal Ridge trail, Diamond Peak Ski Resort

Tahoe has over a dozen world-class ski resorts with some of the best views you'll ever find. Competition between so many resorts can result in lift ticket bargains and no lift lines. Mammoth Mountain is a large active volcano and the closest major ski resort to Los Angeles. Lake Tahoe has over a dozen world-renowned ski resorts like Heavenly, Squaw Valley, Northstar, Sugar Bowl and more. MORE DETAILS

Cross-country ski resorts are located in the Mammoth Mountain and Lake Tahoe regions. Sierra Nevada cross-country ski resorts include everything from groomed trails of less than a mile to the massive 9,000 acre Royal Gorge in Lake Tahoe. Most trails are groomed for track and skate-style skiing. Several ski-in, ski-out ski huts are available for backcountry skiers. MORE DETAILS

Snowmobiler north of Mammoth

Mammoth Mountain and Lake Tahoe offer guided tours or self-guided adventures on snowmobiles or dog sleds. Snowmobile terrain includes open meadows, snow-covered roads, and scenic points throughout the forest. Dog sledding adventures are mostly guided with customers riding in the basket as a large pack of dogs whisks them through the forest. MORE DETAILS

Mountain biking trails abound throughout the Sierras. Many of the ski resorts at Mammoth Mountain and Lake Tahoe offer downhill only trails by utilizing ski lifts during the summer. In addition to this, mountain biking trails can be found throughout wooded areas along dirt roads and shared hiking trails. MORE DETAILS

Off-roading is popular throughout the Sierra Nevada. Dirt roads web and serpentine throughout the forest and lead to popular destinations like hot springs, lookout points, geological marvels and more. Many of the areas ghost towns and abandoned mines are accessible only by dirt road. MORE DETAILS

Tahoe horseback riding - image provided by Zephyr Cove Resort

Horseback Riding is available at multiple stables and ranches throughout the Sierras. Whether it be Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park or a secluded lake outside of Bishop, your trip is sure to offer outstanding vistas and an unforgettable experience. MORE DETAILS

Soar along the Sierra Nevada range in a multi-person wicker basket carried by a hot air balloon. Help your crew in getting your balloon to rise with the sun. Float above lakes and streams throughout the Mammoth Mountain or Lake Tahoe regions. Share a "balloonist toast" to commemorate your epic adventure. Transportation is provided to carry passengers back from the landing zone. MORE DETAILS

Soar silently through the sky in a glider plane for up to 30 minutes while taking in views of Lake Tahoe, Donner Lake and the Sierra Nevada. Gliders are motorless planes that are towed by another plane using a cable. Once altitude is achieved, the tow cable is released setting the glider free in the wind. MORE DETAILS

Sequoia Woods Country Club

Many public golf courses are located in the Sierra Nevada. From the historic Wawona Golf Course in Yosemite National Park to a lakeside course on Lake Tahoe, take in the fresh scent of pine trees and break your drive record in the thin mountain air. MORE DETAILS

Find a hiking trail and head out into the wilderness. Head for destinations like Alpine lakes, waterfalls and amazing viewpoints. MORE DETAILS

Kern River Rafting

White water rafting outfitters run tours on several large rivers throughout the Sierra Nevada. From the Truckee River in Lake Tahoe to the Kern River outside of Bakersfield, the Sierra Nevada offers meandering floats to challenging class fives. MORE DETAILS

There's no better way to gain insight on a place than to join a tour led by a local guide. Sierra Nevada tours include paddlewheel cruises, vintage boat tours, snowmobile tours, historic mansion tours, cavern tours and more. MORE DETAILS



Lake Tahoe Waterfalls are easy access along along the southwest shore. From 60 to 200 feet tall, these waterfalls are best viewed in spring and early summer. Eagle Falls and Cascade Falls are both located near Emerald Bay, while Glen Alpine Falls is located at Fallen Leaf Lake. MORE DETAILS

Mt.Whitney with Alabama Hills in foreground

Mt. Whitney is the highest peak in the lower 48 states at 14,395 feet. Hiking permits are required for hiking Mt. Whitney and obtainable at the Mt. Whitney Ranger Station in Lone Pine. This is an 11-mile hike with serious elevation gain. Several base camps allow for acclimation on the way to the summit. MORE DETAILS

Alabama Hills are beautiful rock upwellings that have been worn by centuries of severe weather conditions. Many old Western movies, TV commercials and videos were filmed here. MORE DETAILS

Bishop is a small town with country charm. Fishing, camping and backpacking are the main attractions to Bishop. Also notable about Bishop is the famous Schat's Bakery, an Indian casino, the nearby Manzanar National Historic Site and quick access to the Mammoth Mountain Resort. MORE DETAILS

Bridgeport is a quaint little town situated in a high altitude meadow used for farming. This is THE place if you are a fisherman. Even if you're just passing through, stop by the Bridgeport Inn for a meal, cup of coffee and some friendly, small-town hospitality. Bridgeport offers several nearby attractions including natural hot springs and Bodie ghost town. MORE DETAILS

Rainbow Falls

Rainbow Falls is an enormous waterfall (depending on yearly rainfall) where swimming is allowed at the base. It is located just a few miles farther along the trail from Devils Postpile in the Mammoth Mountain backcountry. MORE DETAILS

Hot springs can be enjoyed throughout the Mammoth Mountain region due to volcanic activity. Many of the hot springs are accessible by driving a short distance along dirt roads. Mineral rich super-heated water stains surrounding rocks white revealing aqua blue pools. Aquatic grass grows thick through the warmest areas. Keough's Hot Springs is a swimming retreat just south of Bishop that captures the hot mineral-rich water in large swimming pools. Visitors are invited to swim in the waters. Bridgeport has a few hot springs with one featuring panoramic views. MORE DETAILS

Columns of the Giants

Columns of the Giants is a huge wall of hexagonal basalt columns similar to Devils Postpile National Monument. Easily accessible via a ¼-mile trail that crosses the Stanislaus River. MORE DETAILS

Caves & caverns can be found in Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park. Unique stalactites and stalagmites are on display. These caverns are easily accessible by guided tour. Closed in winter. MORE DETAILS

Visit interesting Sierra Nevada museums including early pioneer museums, children's museums, a ghost town, ski museum, old jailhouse and more. MORE DETAILS

Grant Grove photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Find Giant Sequoia forests throughout California. These majestic giants are not just found in National Parks but several smaller State Parks too. MORE DETAILS

Gambling casinos in the Sierras range from small Indian casinos to the large establishments like Harrah's, Harveys and Tahoe Biltmore. Gambling in the Sierras is a unique experience with so many outdoor activities available. Gambling often takes second stage to the daytime activities and provides a terrific source of nighttime entertainment. MORE DETAILS


Twin Lakes - Mammoth

Mammoth Mountain is known by most as a great skiing destination. Many visitors only visit Mammoth Lakes in the winter and don't realize the volume of activities and attractions that await in the summer. Mammoth Mountain is an active volcano and with that comes wonderful geological formations and natural wonders. Camping, hiking and fishing are popular summer activities throughout the region. Many small lakes are within a short distance of the town of Mammoth Lakes and are plentiful with stocked trout. There's so much to see and do in Mammoth that we've dedicated an entire page to this location. MORE DETAILS

Convict Lake

Convict Lake is a moderate-size lake but very deep. Huge granite walls protrude thousands of feet above the lake making for ominous scenery. It is an undeveloped area and offers many activities including fishing, boating, hiking, camping, horseback riding and more. MORE DETAILS

Silver Lake - June Lake Loop

June has a large ski resort, quaint country cabins, several great fishing lakes, hiking, and horseback riding trails. On a crowded ski day at Mammoth Mountain it is not unusual to be able to ski right up to the lift at June. For the fishermen, boat rentals and bait shops are available at several lakes around the June Lake Loop. Horse stables are located at the western side of the loop, offering horseback riding by the hour or extended pack trips. Just add a few more minutes to your I-395 trip by taking the incredibly scenic June Lake Loop turn-off. You won't regret it. The northern portion of the loop is closed during winter. MORE DETAILS

Emerald Bay Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is a massive Alpine lake tucked away in the northern Sierras. With its 22-mile length, 12-mile width and 1600-foot depth, Lake Tahoe is the second largest alpine lake in the world - and big fish to match. The crystal blue waters of Lake Tahoe are compared to the turquoise waters of the Caribbean and Mediterranean. The Nevada and California state line splits the lake down the center. On the Nevada side are several casinos from the large-scale Harrah's and Harveys to the rustic Biltmore and historic CalNeva Casino. Being only 4-hours from San Francisco and less than an hour from Reno, Tahoe is a popular playground with plenty to do. Activities include swimming, boating, skiing, camping, fishing, gambling, golfing and so much more. There's so much to see and do in Lake Tahoe that we've dedicated an entire page to this location. MORE DETAILS

Donner Lake

Donner Lake is located between Sacramento and Reno off Interstate 80. Donner Lake offers activities like boating, fishing, swimming, camping and picnicking. Amenities include resort accommodations, a campground and marina with boat rentals. MORE DETAILS

Caples Lake is located off Highway 88 east of Kirkwood. Caples Lake offers a 2-mile long Alpine lake with activities like boating, fishing, swimming, snow skiing, camping, picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and wildlife viewing. Amenities include cabins, a marina and general store. MORE DETAILS

Twin Lakes are located off Highway 395 south of Bridgeport. Twin Lakes offers 2 Alpine lakes totaling 2.5 miles in length with activities like boating, fishing, swimming, camping, picnicking, hiking and wildlife viewing. Amenities include cabins, a marina and general store. MORE DETAILS

Rock Creek Lake is located off Highway 395 between Bishop and Mammoth Lakes. Exit Highway 395 at Tom's Place and head south on Rock Creek Road. Rock Creek Lake is only a half-mile long and offers activities like boating, fishing, kayaking, camping, hiking and mountain biking. Amenities include cabins, a restaurant, marina and general store. MORE DETAILS

Crowley Lake is located off Highway 395 between Bishop and Mammoth Lakes. Crowley Lake at 12-miles long and 5-miles wide offers activities like boating, fishing, kayaking, water skiing, wake boarding, wake surfing, kite surfing, stand up paddle boarding and camping. Amenities include a marina and general store. MORE DETAILS

South Lake is located southwest of Bishop on Road 168 (Line Street). South Lake is approximately 1-mile long and offers activities like boating and fishing. At 9,290 feet in elevation, this Alpine lake is too cold for swimming. Amenities include a marina, café, general store and cabins. MORE DETAILS

Jenkinson Lake is located off Highway 50 east of Placerville. Jenkinson offers a 2.5-mile long with activities like boating, fishing, swimming, water-skiing, wake-boarding, tubing, camping, picnicking and wildlife viewing. Amenities include a marina offering seasonal boat rentals. MORE DETAILS

Bear River Lake is located off Highway 88 between Tahoe and Jackson. Bear River Lake offers a 3-mile long lake with activities including camping, fishing, boating, water-skiing, swimming and hiking. Resort amenities include a campground, cabins, marina, restaurant and bar. MORE DETAILS

Pinecrest Lake is located off Highway 108 northeast of Jamestown & Sonora. Pinecrest Lake offers a 1-mile long lake with activities include fishing, boating, swimming, camping, biking and hiking. Resort amenities include cabins, tent cabins, a general store, restaurant and bar. MORE DETAILS

Bass Lake is located off Highway 41 south of Yosemite National Park. Sunset Magazine® once rated Bass Lake as one of the Best Destinations in California. Bass Lake offers a 4-mile long lake with activities include fishing, boating, swimming, water-skiing, camping, hiking, tennis, golfing and sightseeing. Resort amenities include resort-style accommodations, restaurants, a general store, laundry room, marina and much more. MORE DETAILS

Huntington Lake is located off Highway 168 northeast of Fresno. Sandwiched between Yosemite National Park and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park, Huntington Lake offers a 4-mile long lake with activities include fishing, boating, swimming, sailing, water-skiing, camping, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, snow skiing and sightseeing. Resort amenities include cabins, restaurants, a general store and marina. MORE DETAILS

Shaver Lake is located off Highway 168 northeast of Fresno. Sandwiched between Yosemite National Park and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park, Shaver Lake offers a 3-mile round lake with activities include fishing, boating, swimming, water-skiing, camping, hiking, horseback riding and sightseeing. Lake amenities include cabins, a restaurant, general store and marina. MORE DETAILS

Lake Isabella

Lake Isabella is located off Highway 178 northeast of Bakersfield. Lake Isabella offers a 10-mile long lake with activities include fishing, boating, sailing, swimming, water-skiing, camping, hiking, horseback riding and whitewater rafting. Lake amenities include hotels, restaurants, stores and marinas. MORE DETAILS

Cabins & Lodging

The Majestic Yosemite Hotel

The Majestic Yosemite Hotel, formerly the Ahwahnee Hotel, is situated in Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park. With a shear granite wall to the back and views of Half Dome and Glacier Point to the front, this historic 1927 hotel offers luxury accommodations within a picturesque but rugged environment. The hotel suits its surroundings with mountain lodge architecture mixed with Native American influence. MORE DETAILS

Big Trees Lodge

Big Trees Lodge, formerly the Wawona Hotel, is situated in the high country near the southern entrance to Yosemite National Park. This historic European-style hotel offers opportunity for relaxation and a taste of a bygone era. The Hotel includes a restaurant and spacious lawns that would seem to continue endlessly through the adjacent golf course if not split by Highway 41. MORE DETAILS

Yosemite Valley Lodge is located in Yosemite National Park near the intersection of Highways 140 & 41. Yosemite Lodge is situated near the base of Yosemite Falls and centrally located to many popular Yosemite attractions. Lodge amenities include a cafeteria, fine-dining restaurant, bar & grill lounge, swimming pool, bike rentals, Post Office and gift shops. Yosemite Valley Lodge is the largest and most economical choice for Yosemite lodging other than camping. MORE DETAILS

Tenaya Lodge is located just outside the southern entrance to Yosemite National Park. Tenaya Lodge offers a large hotel and several detached cottages nestled in a dense pine forest. Although outside of Yosemite National Park, the Tenaya Lodge is an excellent choice for upscale Yosemite lodging. Tenaya Lodge is situated very close to Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad. MORE DETAILS

Pines Resort is located on Bass Lake just a few miles south of Yosemite National Park. The Pines Resort is all-inclusive with accommodations, a restaurant, bar, boat rentals, market, spa services, tennis courts and more. Choose to stay in one of their 84 two-story Chalets or a Suite in their lakeside lodge. MORE DETAILS

Chateau du Sureau is located just a short distance from the southern entrance to Yosemite National Park. This award-winning chateau features a stone turret, Parisian balconies, shuttered windows, meticulous gardens, fountains, pool, bocce court, life-size chess set and many more amenities you'd expect to find at a European resort. The highly acclaimed Elderberry House Restaurant is situated on the property. MORE DETAILS

Wuksachi Lodge is located in the heart of Sequoia National Park. Situated in a Giant Sequoia region of the park, the upscale Wuksachi is one of the newest accommodations in the park. The lodge is built of cedar wood and stone and features granite sculptures, high ceilings & windows and mission-style furnishings. MORE DETAILS

Montecito-Sequoia Lodge is located off Generals Highway (Hwy 198) in Sequoia National Forest. Montecito-Sequoia is an all-inclusive family camp with year-round activities. Lodge activities at Montecito-Sequoia include archery, fencing, tennis, trampoline, sailing, canoeing, swimming, horseback riding and snowshoeing to name a few. Local trails are groomed for cross-country skiing during the winter. MORE DETAILS

Northstar at Tahoe is located just north of Lake Tahoe. Northstar offers several options for stay from simple hotels and condos to mountain homes and 5-star luxury resorts. Luxury accommodations include a Ritz-Carlton, Constellation Residences and Hyatt Residence Club. Northstar features a world-class ski resort, golf course, restaurants, cafés, shopping village, movie theater, ice skating rink, rec center, spa and more. MORE DETAILS

Resort at Squaw Creek - photo courtesy of Destination Hotels & Resorts

The Resort at Squaw Creek is just west of Lake Tahoe in one of California's most beautiful valleys. Resort amenities include a day spa, swimming pools, tennis courts, private chair lift, banquet facilities, fitness center, golf course and more. Dining options range from a deli and chuck wagon barbecue to a bar & grill and formal dining. MORE DETAILS

Squaw Valley Lodge is located off Highway 89 between Truckee and Sunnyside-Tahoe. They are a condominium resort at the base of Squaw Valley Ski Resort. Squaw Valley Lodge is conveniently situated in Squaw Village near restaurants, boutique shops, bars, nightlife and more. MORE DETAILS

photo courtesy of Zephyr Cove Resort

Zephyr Cove Resort is situated on the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe, Zephyr Cove is a full-service resort with lodging, dining and entertainment. Lodging includes a main lodge, cabins, RV park and campground. Resort activities include lake cruises, parasailing, boating, fishing, swimming, snowmobiling, horseback riding, volleyball and more. MORE DETAILS

968 Park Hotel is located off Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe. Situated on the other side of the highway from Heavenly Village, 968 Park Hotel is within walking distance of world-class skiing, casinos, restaurants, shops, entertainment and nightlife. MORE DETAILS

Harveys Lake Tahoe is located off Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe. They are a full-service resort with a casino, restaurants, comedy club, concert venue, nightlife and more. Harveys Lake Tahoe is a pet-friendly hotel. MORE DETAILS

Tahoe Seasons Resort is located off Highway 50 at the base of Heavenly Ski Resort. Hotel amenities include a café, bar, swimming pool, hot tub, rooftop tennis court, rooftop shuffleboard, rooftop lounge, rooftop BBQ, general store, ski shop, gift shop, game room, billiards, concierge, WiFi and more. MORE DETAILS

Tahoe Keys Vacation Rentals are located in South Lake Tahoe in the largest marina on the lake. More than 1500 waterfront vacations homes, condos and townhomes are available through Tahoe Keys Vacation Rentals. MORE DETAILS

Timbercove Lodge

Timbercove Lodge is located in South Lake Tahoe. This lakefront lodge features rooms with gas fireplaces and small balconies. Amenities include a pool, hot tub, fitness center and on-site Italian restaurant. The Timbercove Pier is adjacent to the lodge and offers a plethora of lake activities and equipment rentals from inflatable rafts to jet ski rentals. MORE DETAILS

Marriott Timber Lodge is located off Interstate 50 just west of the Nevada border. Location... location... location. This Lake Tahoe resort hotel is situated at the base of the Heavenly Ski Resort gondola. You can walk from your room to the ticket booth and gondola. South Lake Tahoe casinos are also within easy walking distance. The lodge is surrounded by restaurants, shopping and entertainment. MORE DETAILS

Camp Richardson

Camp Richardson Resort is located on the southwestern shore of Lake Tahoe. This place has everything including an historic hotel, Inn, lakefront cabins, camping with RV accessibility and more. Activities include a full-service marina with boat rentals, stables and mountain bike rentals. MORE DETAILS

Bridgeport Inn is located on Main Street in Bridgeport. This is an historic 1877 Victorian Inn and the only accommodations in Bridgeport with rooms, cocktail lounge and restaurant all under one roof. MORE DETAILS

Double Eagle Resort is located north of Mammoth at the June Lake Loop turnoff. This Resort offers mountain cabins with fireplaces and kitchens nestled below picturesque granite walls. They feature a full-service day spa, hot tub, sauna, swimming pool, fitness center, restaurant, bar and gift shop. A small pond is used for ice skating in the winter and stocked with trout in the summer for fly fishermen practice. MORE DETAILS

Tamarack Lodge, Mammoth

Tamarack Lodge is located off Lake Mary Road at Twin Lakes. This historic lodge provides rooms within the lodge or detached cabins. An award-winning lakefront restaurant serves French-American food. In the winter, Tamarack is the starting point for a groomed cross-country ski park and offers rental equipment. In the summer, they rent boats and canoes for the adjacent Twin Lakes that are teaming with trout. MORE DETAILS

Westin Monache Resort is located off Lake Mary Road behind Mammoth Village. This upscale resort offers convenient access to the Village Gondola, restaurants, shopping and entertainment. Resort amenities include an outdoor heated swimming pool, free local shuttle, valet parking, ski & snowboard rentals, fitness center, restaurant, bar & lounge and more. MORE DETAILS

Mammoth Lodges are located off Highway 395 between June Lakes and Bishop. The Mammoth Mountain Resort manages several lodges surrounding the ski and bike park. They range from affordable condos to detached cabins. MORE DETAILS

Juniper Springs Resort is located off Highway 395 between June Lakes and Bishop. This full-service condominium hotel is conveniently situated at the bottom the the Eagle Express chairlift. MORE DETAILS

Alpenhof Lodge is located off Highway 395 between June Lakes and Bishop. This Bavarian-style lodge is situated directly across the road from a ski gondola, restaurants, shops, bars, nightlife and aprés skiing at Mammoth Village. MORE DETAILS

Convict Lake Resort Cabins

Convict Lake Resort is located off Highway 395 only a few miles east of Mammoth Lakes. Mountain cabins with fireplaces and full kitchens are comfortably nestled between the mountains that surround the lake. Resort amenities include a campground, restaurant, bar & lounge, general store, laundry room, marina with boat rentals and more. Fishing for rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout on Convict Lake is world-class. MORE DETAILS

Creekside Inn is located on Highway 395 in Bishop. This hotel is beautifully landscaped with a creek flowing throughout. Inn amenities include complimentary breakfast, swimming pool, hot tub, laundry room, cable TV, high-speed internet, creekside patios and a fish cleaning station. MORE DETAILS

Dow Villa Motel is located on Highway 395 in Lone Pine. Be a part of movie-making history and stay at the hotel that once accommodated celebrities like John Wayne, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Errol Flynn, Robert Mitchum and Clint Eastwood. The Dow is today split into two portions; the original historic hotel and the newer, AAA 3-diamond rated motel. MORE DETAILS

There are a few hostels situated throughout the Sierra Nevada including Lake Tahoe and Yosemite. These are low cost alternatives to hotels and often require dorm-style living. MORE DETAILS


Sunnyside, Lake Tahoe

Sunnyside Resort Restaurant is a steak and seafood restaurant situated lakeside on Tahoe's northwest shore and just a short distance from several ski resorts. Sunnyside is a popular apré-ski destination. An upscale lodge setting with fireplaces and huge lake-view windows provides the perfect Alpine lake ambiance. The large outdoor deck is open in summer months. MORE DETAILS

Gar Woods, Lake Tahoe

Gar Woods is situated lakeside in North Lake Tahoe and has its own dock. Garwoods is a popular Aprés Ski and Happy Hour spot with over a dozen signature cocktails and live music Fridays and Saturdays. Steak & seafood restaurant choices include Pomegranate Glazed Pork Ribs, Herb Roasted Chicken, King Salmon, Filet and Scampi, Seafood Tagliarini and Crab Chili Relleno. MORE DETAILS

Christy Hill restaurant is situated lakeside in North Lake Tahoe and offers a fine-dining experience with both indoor and outdoor deck seating. This award-winning restaurant has been voted the most romantic on the lake and has been featured in multiple travel, food and wine magazines over the years. White linens, fine china, stone fireplace and expansive lake views set a romantic ambiance. MORE DETAILS

Heidi's South Lake Tahoe

Heidi's is located in South Lake Tahoe and resembles a Swiss Chalet. They've been voted 'Best Breakfast' by several local publications. Specialties focus on European favorites like crepes, waffles and corned beef. MORE DETAILS

Scusa Lake Tahoe is located off Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe. Scusa specializes in fine wines and traditional Italian food with menu choices like Chicken Piccatta, Osso Buco, Veal Marsala, Sea Scallops Mediterranean, Linguine & Clams and Classic Lasagna. MORE DETAILS

The Lake Tahoe Pizza Co. is located off Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe. They specialize in some of the best pizza Lake Tahoe offers. Menu choices include calzones, salads and unique pizzas like the Mogul Masher, Mean Greek, Barnyard Massacre, Acapulco Gold and Gut Buster. MORE DETAILS

The Beacon Bar & Grill is situated in South Lake Tahoe within the Camp Richardson Resort. They feature lakeside views and an outdoor summer deck. Well known locally for their Clam Chowder and Rum Runner cocktail. MORE DETAILS

Yosemite Falls as seen from the Mountain Room Restaurant

Mountain Room Restaurant is a steak and seafood restaurant located at Yosemite Valley Lodge in Yosemite Valley. Situated at the base of Yosemite Falls, they offer breathtaking views from indoor bay windows or an outdoor deck. MORE DETAILS

Big Trees Lodge, formerly the Wawona Hotel, is located off Highway 41 in the southern High Country of Yosemite National Park. The Victorian dining room is situated in the historic Big Trees Lodge overlooking a large green courtyard to a golf course. They specialize in classic American food. MORE DETAILS

Erna's Elderberry House @ Chateau du Sureau is located off Highway 41 just south of Yosemite National Park. Erna's Elderberry House offers a fine-dining experience with French-European food. The luxurious Chateau du Sureau is attached to the restaurant and offers high-end accommodations. MORE DETAILS

Eagles Landing restaurant is located at the Double Eagle Resort on the June Lake Loop. The elegant dining room features high glass windows with a mountain view and pine walls, floor, ceiling and outdoor deck. Steak and seafood menu choices. MORE DETAILS

Carson Peak Inn restaurant is located west of town and the ski resort on the June Lake Loop. This fireside steak & seafood restaurant has been THE place for a romantic restaurant at June Lake for decades. MORE DETAILS

The Stove Restaurant is located off Old Mammoth Road south of Main Street (Hwy 203). The Stove Restaurant serves American food classics and is a tradition with long-time Mammoth visitors. MORE DETAILS

The Mogul is located off Old Mammoth Road just south of Main Street (Hwy 203). This steak & seafood restaurant is a tradition with long-time Mammoth visitors. MORE DETAILS

Austria Hof Mammoth is located behind Mammoth Village off Canyon Boulevard. They specialize in Alpine cuisine with fine-dining choices like Escargot, Wienerschnitzel, Sauerbraten, Osso Bucco and Mushroom & Rabbit Strudel. MORE DETAILS

The Lakefront restaurant is located off Lake Mary Road at Twin Lakes in Mammoth. The Lakefront Restaurant is situated in the historic Tamarack Lodge. This award-winning French restaurant features a romantic setting with lakefront views. MORE DETAILS

Convict Lake Resort Restaurant

Convict Lake Resort Restaurant is located off Highway 395 between Crowley Lake and Mammoth Lakes. Situated in a narrow canyon with granite megaliths towering thousands of feet above the lake, Convict Lake Resort is a Sierra Nevada paradise. The restaurant & bar have been a popular place for locals for many decades and feature International cuisine and gourmet pizza. MORE DETAILS

Erick Shat's Bakkery

Erick Schat's Bakkerÿ is located at the base of the Sierras in Bishop. Schat's offers fresh bakery goods and superb deli sandwiches. Cookies, cakes, pastries and specialty breads are available in their bakery. Stopping at Schat's is a tradition for Californian's traveling Highway 395. MORE DETAILS



The Fresno Yosemite International Airport provides access to the southern and central Sierra Nevada regions of Yosemite National Park and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park. MORE DETAILS

Ontario International Airport offers distant access to the eastern Sierra Nevada regions of Bishop and Mammoth Lakes. MORE DETAILS

Reno/Tahoe International Airport provides access to the northern Sierra Nevada regions of Lake Tahoe, Yosemite and Mammoth Lakes.

Sacramento Airport offers access to the northern Sierra Nevada regions of Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park. MORE DETAILS


Weather from Lake Tahoe to Lake Isabella including Yosemite NP, Mammoth Mountain, Sequoia NP, June Lake, Huntington Lake, Bridgeport, Truckee and more.

Winter brings lows in the 10's and highs in the 50's. Heavy snow is common causing road closures.

Spring brings average lows in the 30's and highs in the 60's. Rain showers are likely and occasional snow storms.

Summer brings average lows in the 60's and highs in the 80's. Occasional thunderstorms with immediate clearing.

Fall brings lows in the 30's and highs in the 60's. Thunderstorms increasing to snow flurries.

NOTE: See our TIPS page for mountain precautions.

The Weather Network


Traffic & Transportation

The southern portion of the 395 can be crowded in the winter months with skiers & boarders from L.A. Most of the 395 traverses through the high desert making it very cold in winter and hot in summer. Both Highway 14 and Interstate 395 are dangerous two-lane roads for a 50-mile stretch south of Inyokern. Snow chains or 4wd with snow tires are sometimes required from Bishop to Mammoth Mountain. Roads are quickly plowed after snow storms. The 395 from Inyokern to Bishop has interesting geography of ancient lava flows and cinder cones. Mt. Whitney is the highest point in the contiguous U.S. and can be spotted due west of Lone Pine.

Interstate 395

The 395 north of Mammoth Mountain is a less traveled portion of the interstate. The 395 dips in and out of Nevada through Reno on its way to the Oregon border. During winter, snow chains or 4WD with snow tires are often required from Mammoth Lakes to Minden, Nevada. Roads are quickly plowed after snow storms. The high elevation region between and Mono Lake and the Nevada border can be subject to temporary road closures due to heavy snow.

Highway 41 is the Fresno/Yosemite Freeway that accesses Yosemite National Park from the south. It runs from Yosemite all the way to Morro Bay on the Central Coast. This is a major freeway running through the heart of Fresno, so expect traffic during weekday morning and evening rush hours. Carry chains and expect road closures during the winter when entering Yosemite National Park.

Highway 140 runs east and west from Merced into Yosemite Valley. Carry chains and expect road closures during the winter when entering Yosemite National Park.

Interstate 80 runs east and west from San Francisco to North Lake Tahoe and beyond. Expect traffic during weekday morning and evening rush hours from Sacramento to the Bay Area. Carry chains and expect road closures during the winter between Auburn and North Lake Tahoe, although this is usually the last highway to close in the Tahoe region.

Highway 50 runs east and west from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe and beyond. Expect traffic during weekday morning and evening rush hours in Sacramento. On summer weekends, the popular Gold Country town of Placerville can become congested and slow traffic on the highway. Carry chains and expect road closures during the winter between Placerville and South Lake Tahoe.

Highway 4 runs east and west from Stockton to the very popular Gold Country towns of Angels Camp, Murphys, Sonora and Jamestown and over the Sierras to the Nevada border. Carry chains and expect road closures during the winter between Murphys and Bear Valley. Road closes in winter beyond Bear Valley. The road also narrows and becomes extremely windy and steep beyond Bear Valley - motorhomes over 25 feet are not advised.

Highway 120 crosses the Sierras from Gold Country through Yosemite National Park to Lee Vining. Closed from White Wolf in Yosemite to Lee Vining through winter with no attempts to clear until spring.

Highway 108 crosses the Sierras from Gold Country to Bridgeport. Closed in winter with no attempts to clear until spring.

Public transportation is good throughout the Sierra Nevada.

The high mileage between towns and airports should be considered when choosing rental car as a mode of transportation. Because of the steep gains in altitude, Amtrak is unable to provide service to this region. Greyhound bus is an alternative option.


SnowFest is a 10-day event featuring concerts, parades, competitions, food and other festivities. All of the regions ski resorts help in hosting events. Wacky events include the Dummy Downhill, Polar Bear Swim, I-Dida-Run Dog Pull, Snow Sculpture Contest and more. WEBSITE

The region's largest annual event held every Memorial Day weekend as back country mule and horse packers celebrate the opening of the summer packing season. World's largest non-motorized parade, events include rodeo-style packing competitions, concerts, crafts fair and more. WEBSITE

Multiple stages of continuous entertainment, action packed shows, music, dancing, jesters, 900 costumed actors, Shakespearian vignettes, expertly staged battles, storytelling for children and adults, archery tournaments and much more. WEBSITE

A three day tradition started in 1862 includes a parade on Main Street, booths featuring arts and crafts, competitive contests, cowboy poetry, concerts, rodeo, a dance and the popular lakeside fireworks display. WEBSITE

The Special 4th of July Concert and Gala is held at Bass Lake. The Pines Resort on Bass Lake will be hosting a Jazz concert and dinner buffet with fireworks on the lake. WEBSITE

Over a month of Shakespearian performances 7-nights a week. Bring your wine, cheese and blankets to Sand Harbor Resort for a night with Shakespeare under the stars. WEBSITE

A 3-day event where Balloonists from around the nation converge on Reno to paint the sky with color. Multiple hot air-balloons rise thousands of feet above Carson Valley and compete in piloting competitions. WEBSITE

Celebrates the long history between Lone Pine and the Hollywood motion picture industry. Over 400 films have been shot in the Lone Pine region since the 1920's. Festivities include movie showings, concerts, film location tours, dinners and more. WEBSITE

Attracts more than 30,000 visitors each year to celebrate apple picking season. Festivities include live music, clowns, kid's games, carnival rides, races, arts & crafts and a wide variety of food stands. WEBSITE

Events are too many to list on this page. Check out their Visitor Center website for a listing of all the events. WEBSITE

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