Looking to kick up some western dust and imagine life as a gold-seeking desperado? Take a drive to Bodie Ghost Town and let this relic, suspended in a state of decayed antiquity, transport you to the 19th century wild west.
What if I told you that on your drive to Mammoth you're within an hour of the oldest living things on Earth?
What if I told you that those living things grow next to fallen, visible, naturally-preserved wood that pre-exists the pyramids, earliest civilizations and even the ice age?
Another great day geological/naturalist day trip north of Mammoth is an exploration o the extra-terrestrial Mono basin, Mono Lake and ancient volcanic craters. For a full day, start at the Mono Basin National Forest Visitor's Center and then trek out to explore the Lake with its tufa towers, and hike to some of the craters.