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.
Check out those photos. Looks like an old fashioned, independent grocery, right? Well, that's cause that's exactly what it is. Though the building is older, this family-run business has easy parking, fresh groceries and a convenient diner just next door. Inside the store, the staff is friendly, the selection is amble and its a lot less crowded than the large chain stores in Bishop and Mammoth. The prices aren't bad, either.
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If you're looking for a kid-friendly spot with good pizza & wings and great drinks, put the Mammoth Rock-n-Bowl bar at the top of your list. It's not the bowling alley food you're used to, I promise.
With a fine dining restaurant upstairs, and a shared kitchen, I should have known. Not only is the food really good compared to most bowling alleys, but it has one of the best views in all of Mammoth.
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Excerpted from California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Keep Me Wild website and pamphlet, Guide to Living in Bear Country; Also Steve Searles guest blog for Mammoth Lakes, How to Co-Exist with Bears. To contact The Bear Whisperer call 760-937-BEAR.
When we're in Mammoth we are always looking for somewhere new to grab lunch so we can get on with our adventures. One afternoon this summer, when I picked up my fisherboy from the fishing Crowley, we decided to stop in for lunch at Crowley General Store.
We stopped in to this small, almost hidden space in the corner of a strip mall on a hot, summer day and were so glad we did. Like everyone else on earth, we love craft beer and we usually bring beer with us when we are in Mammoth from SoCal breweries that we love.
We won't need to do that anymore because these people really know how to do hops. This place is what every mircrobrewery should strive to be-- courageous with their brews. Because of that, their beers are all super-flavorful and unique. Its a tiny place, and lacks the impressive location that Mammoth Brewing enjoys, but the superior beer is worth the stop.
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One of the best benefits of Sonenalp is our location: close to the mountain, on a very well-maintained road (you'll appreciate this on snowy days) and conveniently located between year-around bus stops 74 & 75.
Although most of our guests bring at least one car and park it in our secure garage, some guests opt to use Mammoth's convenient, free, public transport system to get around town. This is especially a good idea in winter, when roads can be treacherous and parking in town can be difficult due to snow pack. But in summer, its a good option too! In fact, my kids use it all the time, since they are too young to drive!
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Find the perfect trail using Mammoth's QR system
I often get requests from guests for suggestions on hiking trails beyond the simple trails close to Sonenalp.
But the trails system in Mammoth offers so many options, its hard to know what's best for each guest group. Whether you want to drive, climb, hike, or walk, the Mammoth Trail Systems offer limitless opportunities at every skill and fitness level.
With some 300 miles of soft-surface, paved, and mixed-surface trails the Mammoth Lakes Trail System connects to the extensive Inyo National Forest off-highway road network.
With this many options, there's something for people of all ages and interests...
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