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Northern California Road Trip | Destination: Mammoth Lakes

As winter draws nearer, the window is closing for a well-deserved, long-overdue Northern California road trip to awe-inspiring Mammoth Lakes. While winter remains (arguably) the most desirable season here at Snowcreek Resort, the snow does impact travel to several world-famous national parks and monuments. It’s officially time to pack the car, set the GPS for Old Mammoth Road, and press the gas pedal—let the road trip begin!

Four Seasons, One Way of Life: A Northern California Road Trip

Mammoth Lakes remains an idyllic Northern California road trip destination, particularly for those with a penchant for outdoor exploration and natural beauty. We’re situated near many of the West’s most beloved wilderness areas, including Yosemite, Devils Postpile, the “John Muir Trail,” Inyo National Forest, and countless picturesque lakes and waterfalls. It’s also worth noting that the ride to and from Mammoth Lakes is undeniably scenic and invigorating, especially if you roll into town from Fresno, San Francisco, San Jose, or Las Vegas. To provide a glimpse into a potential Northern California road trip en route to the Eastern Sierras, we’ve pieced together 15 quintessential activities that will assuredly leave a lasting impression. Buckle up!


  1. Elevate your golf game at the spellbinding Snowcreek Golf Course.

  2. Explore Mammoth Mountain Bike Park’s matrix of trails.

  3. Discover a whole new level of tranquility during a fly fishing expedition.

  4. Hike through the heart of the John Muir Wilderness, including treks to Duck Pass, Convict Creek, and Valentine Lake.

  5. Survey the region’s jagged terrain atop a majestic horse.

  6. Visit the enthralling, eerie Bodie ghost town.

  7. Savor fine cuisines at SKADI Restaurant, The Mogul Restaurant, or  Petra's Bistro.

  8. Picnic inside the sprawling Inyo National Forest, perhaps at Crystal Lake?

  9. Snap photos of the 102-foot-tall Rainbow Falls.

  10. Walk your pooch near the Hot Creek Geologic Site.

  11. Spend a day inside Yosemite National Park.

  12. Try geocaching in the backcountry.

  13. Wholly unplug with an hour or two of forest bathing, an ancient Japanese practice. 

  14. Figuratively scratch your head at the Devils Postpile National Monument.

  15. Kayak on the moon-like Mono Lake.

Mammoth Lakes: Discover Snowcreek Resort

Hopefully, this makeshift Northern California road trip itinerary comes in handy this “fall.” Our 449-acre alpine village boasts an array of accommodations, including luxurious condominiums with access to a 30,000-square-foot athletic facility (OPEN FOR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES ONLY AT THIS TIME). All Snowcreek Resort Vacation Rentals feature free green fees at Snowcreek Golf Course (up to 18 holes per person per day), heartwarming mountain views, highspeed internet, outdoor grills, fireplaces, and chef’s kitchens. Book directly at to avoid hidden third-party fees. Don’t forget that many of our vacation rentals are pet-friendly. So, you don’t have to leave your beloved furry friend at the kennel.