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By Karen Nelson | Agent in Mammoth Lakes, CA
  • Tioga Road in Yosemite Opens Nearly 6-Weeks Earlier than Last Year!

    Did you know…?  The Tioga Road is the highest trans-sierra route in California, crossing Tioga Pass at 9,945 feet in elevation. Tioga Road is also a historic route that stretches 46 miles through the high country of Yosemite National Park. This trans-Sierra road began as a Native American path for trade and travel and later became the great Sierra Wagon road and eventually a mining road. When Tioga Road first opened to park visitors in 1915 it was traveled by only 190 cars. Today the road is a seasonal highway used by over 500,000 visitors and travelers each year. Tioga Road is typically open from May to November depending on weather conditions and is closed each winter.

    The opening of Tioga Road on May 7th was nearly Six Weeks earlier than last year. Visitors and local residents of Mammoth Lakes and the Eastern Sierra look forward to the re-opening of the pass each year!  For more information on Eastern Sierra recreation and real estate please contact us anytime at 800.709.1076 or CaliforniaTraveling@gmail.com.

  • Yosemite "Horsetail" Falls Appears Like Lava

    Posted Under: General Area in Yosemite, Parks & Recreation in Yosemite, In My Neighborhood in Yosemite  |  February 20, 2012 12:25 PM  |  376 views  |  No comments

    YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — A window of time just opened in Yosemite National Park when nature photographers wait, as if for an eclipse, until the moment when the sun and earth align to create a fleeting phenomenon.

    This marvel of celestial configuration happens in a flash at sunset in mid-February — if the winter weather cooperates. On those days the setting sun illuminates one of the park's lesser-known waterfalls so precisely that it resembles molten lava as it flows over the sheer granite face of the imposing El Capitan.

    Every year growing numbers of photographers converge on the park, their necks craned toward the ephemeral Horsetail Fall, hoping the sky will be clear so they can duplicate the spectacle first recorded in color in 1973 by the late renowned outdoors photographer Galen Rowell.

    "Horsetail is so uniquely situated that I don't know of any other waterfall on earth that gets that kind of light," said Michael Frye, who wrote the book "The Photographer's Guide to Yosemite."

    Read More: Article by Tracie Cone:  http://news.yahoo.com/every-february-yosemite-waterfall-turns-lava-160600248.html

    ***If you are looking for other great places to visit, come check out Mammoth Lakes and the beautiful Eastern Sierra.  We are located just to the south east of Yosemite National Park via Highway 120 and we offer some of the most scenic and amazing places to visit in the country including breathtaking Mono Lake.

    Galen Rowell, internationally know nature photographer and his wife Barbara created Mountain Light Gallery which is located in Bishop, CA south of Mammoth Lakes on Highway 395.  In the Bishop Gallery, Galen’s best images are featured from the Eastern and High Sierra as well as his images from around the world.

    We look forward to seeing you here in the Eastern Sierra!

  • Fall Colors in the Eastern Sierra

    Posted Under: General Area in Mammoth Lakes, Quality of Life in Mammoth Lakes, In My Neighborhood in Mammoth Lakes  |  October 15, 2011 2:25 PM  |  1,086 views  |  2 comments

    If you love the colors of Fall, the Eastern Sierra is a great place to visit during the month of October.

    Celebrate Fall in Mammoth and the surrounding areas of the Sierra Mountains. For a few weeks, nature puts on one of its most spectacular displays of fall colors as the trees and shrubs finish out the growing season in a brilliant display.  There is still great hiking and biking available with most trails in the area being accessible.

    You will enjoy great day time temperatures but remember to grab your jacket as the evenings temps are getting cool.

  • First Turns in Mammoth and Winter Kick-off Party! November 10th-13th

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Mammoth Lakes, Entertainment & Nightlife in Mammoth Lakes, In My Neighborhood in Mammoth Lakes  |  October 10, 2011 8:40 PM  |  1,138 views  |  No comments

    Don’t miss the best party in California Opening Weekend in Mammoth and catch the first chair of the season on November 10th…!  Opening weekend and the Big Winter Kick-Off Party are just around the corner – join us in Mammoth November 10-13th for the first turns of the season and a jam-packed weekend of events with movie screenings, the Unbound Magazine kick-off party and the unveiling of Mammoth Unbound’s “new look” plus a concert by the Black Lips with special guest Ra Ra Riot.

    Events start Thursday and include the Annual Opening Day Champagne Toast on the Main Lodge Sundeck with live music and later check out the after party at Hyde Lounge.

    • 7pm – Snowboarding presents the premiere of TB20 by Standard Films and Good Look by People Films at Hyde Lounge
    • 9pm-Late – The After Party with DC Snowboarding at Hyde Lounge

    Jammed packed events are scheduled all weekend long…be there!

  • Disabled Sports - Sierra Cycle Challenge

    Posted Under: General Area in Mammoth Lakes, Entertainment & Nightlife in Mammoth Lakes, In My Neighborhood in Mammoth Lakes  |  July 22, 2011 10:55 AM  |  1,302 views  |  No comments
    Please join us for the Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra Annual 3-Day fundraising bike ride.  Anyone interested in a great workout, beautiful views, fun people, glorious campsites and raising money for our worthy cause...you will be rewarded! Plus score a bike jersey, cycling socks, and great meals on this fully supported ride.

    We hope to see you here in the Eastern Sierra!

    For More Info Contact:

    Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra - Sierra Cycle Challenge 
    July 23, 2011 - July 25, 2011
    Time of Event: All day
    Location:  Eastern Sierra
    Phone:     (760) 934-0791

  • Amtrak California Seasonal Service to Mammoth!

    Posted Under: General Area, Parks & Recreation, In My Neighborhood  |  July 22, 2011 9:16 AM  |  1,167 views  |  No comments
    Amtrak California provides service to Mammoth Lakes from the West Side!


    From the south (Bakersfield), take Amtrak California's San Joaquin train 701 to Mammoth Lakes via Merced. From the west (Bay Area), take San Joaquin train 712 to Mammoth Lakes via Merced. Once at Merced, transfer to a comfortable, air conditioned Amtrak Thruway bus for service to Mammoth Lakes (provided by YARTS). This bus stops at Yosemite, where you’ll have enough time to get out, walk around, and explore, before continuing on to Mammoth Lakes.

    Amtrak California has several “official” stops along this route, with the final stop of Mammoth Lakes located at Mammoth Mountain Inn. However, this bus stops at multiple locations in the Yosemite and Mammoth Lakes area. Passengers are welcome to deboard (or board) at any of the stops along the route (between Merced and the final stop at Mammoth Mountain Inn).

    The Mammoth Lakes Thruway Bus route is serviced by YARTS (Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System). For a complete list of all stops, visit the YARTSwebsite.

    Want More Info: http://amtrakcalifornia.com/index.cfm/destinations/mammoth-lakes-seasonal/
  • Mammoth Festival of Beers & Bluesapalooza

    Posted Under: Entertainment & Nightlife in Mammoth Lakes, Parks & Recreation in Mammoth Lakes, In My Neighborhood in Mammoth Lakes  |  July 11, 2011 1:24 PM  |  335 views  |  No comments

    Yes...Mammoth is doing it again!


    Location:  Sam's Wood Site
    Date:        Aug 05, 2011 - Aug 07, 2011 
    Contact:   800.MAMMOTH

    The Details:

    Come hang out in the pines, enjoy the best microbreweries in the country and top blues performers for three full days of fun in the sun.  This years line up includes music from Blues Traveler, Robert Cray, Walter Trout, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Nick Moss and the Flip Tops plus more... 

    For a complete schedule and ticket information visit MammothMountain.com or call 800.Mammoth / (800) 626-6684.

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