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Top of the Sierra Interpretive Center

1 Minaret Rd, Gondola building at the top of Mammoth Mountain, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
800 626 6684
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Ranked #12 of 26 attractions in Mammoth Lakes
Type: Specialty Museums
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English first
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I always love going to the Sierra Interpretive Center whenever we visit either during winter or summer. I may be biased as we got married up there during the winter. In both winter and summer the views are absolutely stunning. If you walk out the building to the left (towards the town of Mammoth vs the Minarets), you can take... More

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Mariposa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

For a summer time visit, we enjoyed the ride up, the deli lunch, and short hikes around the top of the mountain. The small interpretive center was very educational, just take your time at the video kiosks.

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los angeles
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We finally made it up to the top after two gondola shut downs due to weather. It was fantastic to see everything at the top even in the rain. The food is pretty good too.

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Southern California
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

Oh man!! It was sooooo scary traveling up to the summit but it was surely worth it! The chairlift operators had such great personalities. Once arriving it was very relaxing since we were not skiing. Kind of wished the eatery was open all year though.

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Torrance, California
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13 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

What an amazing opportunity! My family and I rode the gondola to the top for fun. Since we went tubing at Woolly's Tube Park earlier that day, the gondola was free for our kids. We just had to pay for the adults. It was so much fun to go up the mountain and see all the skiers and boarders. Especially... More

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San Diego, California, United States
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58 reviews 58 reviews
28 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

Panorama gondola to the top of Mammoth Mountain and take a few minutes to check out the interpretive center. Poster displays and viewing tubes are set up to orient you to the many high peaks along the crest of the Sierra Nevada. Views to Yosemite, Devil's Postpile and south to the high country around Sequoia. They have a cafe up... More

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Los Angeles
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63 reviews 63 reviews
14 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Nothing to wow you here, but you will learn some interesting facts about the surrounding area which is beautiful. Spend a few minutes learning about the Sierras and enjoy the amazing views.

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Riverside, Ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

We were there on a Saturday, and the volunteer docent who was there with info on the location was an absolute encyclopedia of knowledge! No matter what the question was, he had tons of info, and usually slides and pics to go with it! Really nice place to just walk around, but you must talk to the docent!! (I think... More

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Berkeley, CA, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Combine these two to make a perfect day enjoying some of the best of the Eastern Sierra Nevadas. If you don't mind getting an early start, I recommend doing the Reds Meadown/Devil's Postpile/Rainbow Falls in the morning and the Top of the Sierra Interpretive Center in the afternoon. If you combine the two, you will get to see a beautiful... More

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

I went back inside to get ready for the wind and blowing snow. The center has a lot of information on the area and the view of the Sierra from 11,000 feet is breathtaking. I chose to brave the wind and ski down. However, you can take the gondola back down if you're not up for skiing. I took the... More

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