Best Fall Colors

Fall in the Mammoth Lakes area is a spectacular time of year. With its crisp air, cool nights and shorter days, fall is a magical season. It is often difficult to predict precisely when the peak colors of autumn will occur. The season's most brilliant colors will appear when dry, warm, sunny days are followed by cool, dry nights. Trees in this region generally begin their annual change in September offering the best viewing in early to mid October. Leaves display brilliant and intense colors. Aspens, willows and cottonwoods feature vibrant hues of orange, gold and red signaling the approach of winter.

Best Mono County Fall Color Viewing Spots:

Particularly good hot spots are the Lee Vining and Lundy Canyon area near Mono Lake and Yosemite, Rock Creek south of Mammoth Lakes, McGee Creek, Convict Lake, and the June Lake Loop. Around Bridgeport, you won`t want to miss Virginia Lakes, Twin Lakes and the Conway Summit. The West Walker River is also lined with gold.

Fall Colors by Foot:

Day hikes in Lundy Canyon, McGee Creek or Rock Creek Canyon are sure to impress.

Fall Colors by Car:

Tioga Pass (Route 120) climbs through dramatic and rugged Lee Vining Canyon, connecting the Great Basin landscapes with the high alpine meadows of Yosemite. The June Lake Loop (Hwy. 158) is a gorgeous aspen-lined drive which links numerous lakes. Rock Creek Road is also a colorful drive -- be sure to stop by Rock Creek Lakes Resort for home-made pie!