Rock Hounding Around Mammoth
All year round, and especially in Fall, going out in search of the unique rock formations becomes part of the exploration and adventures in Mammoth. The volcanic eruptions from the early years left amazing sites that are open for those looking for another way to "go take a hike." There are dozens of places where one can find rocks that were created when the ground heated up and then cooled rapidly. The Inyo Craters located just outside the Mammoth town limits and on the famous scenic loop provide hours of interesting and educational discovery. |
There are 100s of places that have these unique formations, colored stones, rocks to climb on, and places where no other exist. Devil's Postpile remains the classic and most spectacular, with its unique columns of stone, open to the public only during summer months, as is the Obsidian Dome and Inyo Craters open all year round. Smaller colored rocks filled with every mineral known to nature can also be found on certain hikes and roads.
These short trips from 10 -100 miles prove to be a great source of fun looking and logging the different minerals found in the stones and a must do for those looking to go beyond just a hike. Great science for the young, and wonderful photo opportunities for the adults.
The forest service offers free maps to help you find the best ones, and are a great source. You can find the information at the Mammoth Welcome Center at the beginning of town, or at any of the visitor centers along Highway 395.
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