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Great pic op

Great place to stop, relax and take in the panoramic view of the Minarets. Don't forget your... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
super d
Beautiful overlook!

Minaret Vista view is beautiful and it is free to anyone who plan to go here. Little bit of drive... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to stop, relax and take in the panoramic view of the Minarets. Don't forget your camera.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank super d
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an excellent location to cycle to and enjoys a splendid view of the Eastern Sierras, including Mts. Ritter, Banner and the Minarets. It’s about 8 miles from Mammoth Lakes and on the way back down you have the option of cycling down The...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Minaret Vista view is beautiful and it is free to anyone who plan to go here. Little bit of drive from the main city of Mammoth Lakes but it’s worth it if you’re in the area.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed November 9, 2018

This place is absolutely heavenly, no matter what season you visit it. I recently visited it in the fall —mid October — to experience the stunning, colorful aspen trees, the majestic pines, and the most strikingly beautiful night-time skies — sprinkled with stars with a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 19, 2018

The main entrance road was closed off for some reason but the secondary road was open. When we got to a viewing area, the wind was blowing pretty hard and I wish I had pulled my hair back. I'm not sure if we ended up...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 19, 2018

The views from Minaret Vista rival those in nearby Yosemite NP. Since you are facing west, the views are better in the morning hours. You get a great look at the Reds Meadow Valley below as well as several high mountains in the Sierra Nevada....More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Jeremiah Z
Reviewed October 13, 2018

Hanging out at the Minaret Vista when the road is open is one of my favorite things to do in Mammoth. The view changes almost every 10 minutes. It's absolutely breath taking.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Lela G
Reviewed September 23, 2018 via mobile

This is a free viewing area just massing the main lodge at mammoth. The parking area holds lots of cars and there are hiking trails in the immediate area

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank wvillamil
Reviewed September 7, 2018

Beautiful views and a great way to enjoy a Spectacular sunset just a mile from the Mammoth Mountain Inn!

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 27, 2018

Make sure to make the short drive to the vista point, or hike up there. It is a breathtaking mountain view. We saw it in the morning but it supposed to be even more wonderful in the sunset.

Date of experience: August 2018
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January 11, 2017|
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Response from Ronald C | Reviewed this property |
The vista is only open if they clear the Road from the Main Lodge to the Vista but with the winter snows I don't think you will be able to get their until until April or June.
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Menifee, California
Latest Info on Mountain Pass Openings (0 Replies)
This is the latest from a Caltrans Press Release: SEASONAL PASS OPENING STATUS Bishop – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 9 has begun working on clearing snow, removing rocks, and repairing roads to its eight mountain passes. As work progresses, pedestrians, bicyclists, skiers, etc. are advised to stay out of these areas. Safety is our number one priority, for the public as well as Caltrans’ workers. This is the District 9 Seasonal Pass Status as of...More
April 22, 2017|
Singapore, Singapore
Driving to Yosemite (late Jan-early Feb 2017) via Hwy 395? (20 Replies)
Hello! We are planning to drive to Yosemite from LA somewhere in late Jan-early Feb 2017. I understand that the 'standard route' would be via I-5/CA-99/CA-41 but am still contemplating to use the Hwy395 to visit Mono Lake, Mammoth Lake (not skiing thou)/Minaret Vista, and any other breath-taking views for photo ops, etc... Understand SR120 at Lee Vining is closed during Winter & it seemed like the only option is to make a big detour to Lake Tahoe (use SR88) - how about the SR108...More
December 23, 2016|
Response fromlmarl72936|
Bring Chains for your vehicle. You will thank me! Safe Travels.
Opening of Road to Minaret Vista (6 Replies)
Does anyone know when the road to drive to Minaret Vista will open? I'm hearing very different things. We'll be there Memorial day weekend. Thanks.
May 15, 2012|
Response fromsuzie-travels|
The Vista is where the entrance station is to the road to Reds Meadow, etc. Do you mean the road down to Devil's Postpile and Red's Meadow or are you just wanting to park at the vista? Unfortunately there was a terrible wind storm that blew down thousands of trees so there is some work going on. Some people have posted here about speaking to a ranger about the opening of the road. Here's a link to that topic: tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g60791-i711-k54069…