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Top 5 Hidden Gems of the Sierras

Mammoth, and its surrounding parts, are full of popular sights and destinations that people from all over the world flock to see and experience. But what are its hidden gems? Its lesser known spots? Read on and find out!

#1) Crowley Lake

Nothing rivals the unique natural structures surrounding this lake. It’s also one of the best spots for fly fishing and kayaking, although you often hear about other lakes in the area more. Located only about 15-20 minutes outside of Mammoth, you’ll find much fewer crowds at this jewel of a lake.

#2) Hot Springs

That’s right – hot springs – plural. When a volcano erupted thousands of years ago in the area, a network of hot springs were created between Bridgeport and Mammoth. Check out the town of Benton, where there are nine hot springs alone, or stop over at the Travertine Hot Springs off the US 395.

#3) Bodie

This ghost-town was once a mining camp that has seen its hay day come and go. Feel the true vibe of the Wild Wild West when you visit this well-preserved and almost eerie historical park.

#4) Lone Pine Film History Museum

A destination for many old westerns and other film hits, Lone Pine’s terrain has represented both a desert and another planet on the big screen. Right along the highway 395, this museum holds props, cars, and posters from many movie hits that have been filmed there over the years.

#5) Bristlecone Pine Forest

Haunting and hypnotizing, this forest is home to some of the oldest living things on earth. Weird looking trees? Check. Gnarled rock? Check. This is a great photo spot for those wanting to experience and share something unusual.

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