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Address: 1 Minaret Rd, Gondola building at the top of Mammoth Mountain, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Phone Number: 800 626 6684

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We took the Panoramic Gondola up to the top of Mammoth Mountain. Since we are seniors, it was $20 (regular adult fare is $25) I want to go back when I am 80 and then it will be... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2015
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Coarsegold, California, United States
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Coarsegold, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

We took the Panoramic Gondola up to the top of Mammoth Mountain. Since we are seniors, it was $20 (regular adult fare is $25) I want to go back when I am 80 and then it will be free! Fabulous view, and we tagged along with a Forest Service volunteer who gave us all kinds of interesting information, including snow... More 

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Thousand Oaks, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

The gondola ride alone is worth the expense. The vistas from the summit are spectacular. Cool and breezy on an otherwise very hot summer day in the lowlands. Wouldn't have missed this experience.

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El Cajon, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Expansive views and snow in June! Informative and friendly staff made this side trip very enjoyable. The Eleven53 Cafe had super yummy tritip sandwiches in addition to healthy snacks.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

The Gondola ride for about $25 is great, suitable for all ages. Very nice views, excellent for photography. Might be cold sometimes , advisable to check weather before you go. If you like biking downhill, this is the place to check out in summers.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

The scenery was breathtaking. Perfectly sunny day and pictures came amazing. Got really tired as oxygen level was very thin. But a must see place.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Awesome view but do to weather (high winds) could not make second trip. Went to McCoy on second trip and took some outstanding pictures there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Wow has this place changed. They have some really neat stuff up here now. There are displays about the history of Mammoth, geology, hiking and skiing trails and some hands on activities for kids. Oh and the view is on of the best in the area. Highly recommend this!

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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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Address: Address: 1 Minaret Rd, Gondola building at the top of Mammoth Mountain, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Phone Number: 800 626 6684
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Mammoth Lakes

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