Located near Deadman Summit, a few miles north of Mammoth
along Hwy. 395, Obsidian Dome is a mile-long mound of black glass,
reaching up to 300 feet high. From the parking lot at Obsidian Dome,
you can climb up the mound and see the different composition of
the obsidian, which is not uniformly black.
As you explore the area,
keep in mind that the
rock can be quite sharp; this is the same material used by the Paiute
Natives to sculpt arrowheads, spearheads and knives, their main
trade items in times past.
The eruptions that formed each of these lava domes
550-600 years ago began with an explosive phase, then exuded slow-moving,
sticky lava which oozed to the surface and cooled too quickly
allowing crystal formation.
Wilson Butte Wilson Butte is located along Hwy. 395
just north of Obsidian Dome, and Devils Punchbowl is east of Hwy.
395 just below the June Lake junction.
Wilson Butte is the prominent dome as you drive the highway. Obsidian
Dome is the flatter one just beyond.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Mammoth Welcome Center
Highway 203, PO Box 148
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546