Sometimes you’ll see something so stunning you just think, mother nature you’re just showing off! And that’s certainly the case at Mammoth Lakes California during Autumn.

During this time of year, the natural awesomeness of the Eastern Sierra gets painted gold, crimson, and orange.

Moments of awe can be found around every corner, whether hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking or floating on a lake waiting for a bite to eat.

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Mammoth Lakes, for those who aren’t familiar, is a 45-minute flight from Los Angeles and situated at the edge of one of the earth’s largest volcanic calderas – second in North America only to Yellowstone.

If you pay a visit to the area any time from Labor Day Weekend until the first snow, there are plenty of activities and festivals celebrating this time of transitional beauty.

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In these warm days and cool nights, it’s easy to discover why fall in Mammoth Lakes is one of California’s best-kept secrets.

The landscape is filled with spectacular geological features: granite domes, craters, fissures, lava tubes, symmetrical columns of basalt, saline lakes, outcroppings of white quartz and pure black obsidian, warm creeks, and natural hot springs pools.

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The cracked and jagged ribs of the great Sierra Nevada run through it all; the highest range in the Continental U.S. and one of the youngest and most tectonically active mountain ranges on the planet.

Sculpted by glaciers and rivers, the flanks of these mountains are now covered in ancient forests of fir and pine.

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In the high valleys and basins are icy blue lakes and streams populated by frogs and wild trout, and meadows teeming with wildflowers. Just stunning.

 

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