California’s High Sierra Region’s eastern kingdom is filled with some of the Sierra’s most rugged and magnificent terrain.

The eastern Sierra stretches from Lone Pine in the south to the Nevada line in the north and contains many of the Sierra’s most awe inspiring settings. From the highest mountain in the lower U.S., Mount Whitney to the eastern entrance to Yosemite National Park, this side of the sierra is truly remarkable. Two major ski areas,the hauntingly beautiful Mono Lake, the world-class resort of Mammoth Lakes, Bodie Ghost Town, and much more compete for the visitors attention. Recreation opportunities abound with superb fishing, hiking and backpacking, boating, skiing (both downhill and crosscountry), snowmobiling, camping or just plain enjoying the scenery. First rate accommodations and restaurants complete the package. California’s High Sierra region’s eastern slope is an area not to be missed.



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Mono Lake Best spots for a sunset in the High Sierra
From historic marvels to otherworldly landscapes, here's a taste of some of the best spots to get a sunrise/sunset photo in the High Sierra.
These events will keep you entertained & make sure you celebrate the America's independence the right way... with FUN!
Devils Postpile
If you’ve seen the must do attractions in the Sierra Nevada or just want to escape the crowds, these hidden gems in the High Sierra are a great option.
Snowshow Brewing Award Winning Breweries in the High Sierra
With such cold, clear, pure water to be accessed, it’s no surprise that these mountains hold many award winning breweries in the High Sierra. But don’t take our word for it.
Lake & River Cruises In The High Sierra
Enjoy water or just want to experience something different, look no further than a lake or river cruise in the High Sierra. These will create memories that will last a lifetime!
gold panning California Gold Rush
Instead of reading about it in history books, why not experience the California Gold Rush in the High Sierra in person.
Bass Lake Fishing Derby
Make this fishing season one for the history books by entering a fishing derby in the High Sierra.
From road cyclists to avid mountain bikers, the High Sierra is home to an amazing assortment of trails. These are just four of the more unknown trails existing throughout the range. Stay tuned as we explore a few more cycling adventures across the wide ranging High Sierra country.
Webber Lake High Sierra Lake Fishing
Be the one that comes home with grand tales of the “monster” you caught and the envy of all your pals. When it comes to fishing, the lakes in the High Sierra offer you some of the best in the world.
Calaveras Frog Jumping Contest
From the crazy pack scramble to hot power sawing and even leaping frogs, these three High Sierra festivals showcase what makes this region so special.
Independence Lake
Summer is almost here so spark the wanderlust in your soul and get ready to take a dip at one of these scenic lakes in the High Sierra
Parker Lake Fishing in Mono County
Catching the “Big One” is a relaxing way to get away from the stress of everyday life and a picturesque way to get to know the California High Sierra. All you need is a little bait, maybe a boat and a love of the great outdoors to fish the High Sierra.
Sequoia National Park Tunnel Log Driving
Each nook & cranny of the High Sierra is filled with unique things to see. These unique “gems” will inspire you to plan a trip today.
sequoia national park big trees hike
Don’t let another weekend or vacation pass by without exploring one of these many kid friendly activities in the High Sierra.
Majestic Yosemite Hotel Historic Lodges In The High Sierra
Historic lodges in the High Sierra are more than just a place to rest up between experiences. They qualify as destinations in their own right. Here's a glimpse into some of the most legendary.
With ski season slated to last through Memorial Day and a bright warm sun returning, spring is the season of adventure in every shape and size in the High Sierra.
Hollywood in the High Sierra Historic Downtown Truckee
From romantic comedies to sci-fi flicks to American classics, the High Sierra has set the stage for many a film.
WinterWonderGrass Tahoe
Spring means your opportunities for a multi-sport day of adventure & fun in the California High Sierra are boundless. Start the day on the slopes followed by a warm bike ride & finish it off with any one of these amazing festivals.
Bonsai Rock Instagramable Places In The High Sierra
It’s no secret that nearly every square inch of the Sierra Nevada is photogenic. And these four Instagramable places in the High Sierra definitely showcase that!
Zephyr Cove Snowmobile Center Snowmobiling In The High Sierra
It's no surprise that snowmobiling is an important part of winter fun in the Sierra Nevada. Here's a sampling of where to rev up that engine & enjoy the snow motorized style.
From seeing endangered species to unparalleled views via cross country skiing or snowshoeing, you don’t want to miss out on these amazing guided winter hikes in the High Sierra.
off roading in the High Sierra
Get off the beaten path & explore the rugged side of the Sierra Nevada. You won’t regret it!
Mount Tallac
Soaring high above the world mountains proclaim a dominance over their surrounding landscapes. Don’t let another year fly by here's 4 mountain peaks to see in the High Sierra.
South Lake Tahoe Camp Richardson Cross Country Skiing Mt Tallac Winter
Experience the unparalleled scenery, incomparable serenity and heaping amounts of fun you can have in the Sierra Nevada landscape.
Tahoe Donner Snowplay
Grab your sleds, shovels & winter coats and head to one of these hot or rather "cool" snow play family fun spots in the High Sierra.
From being part of a world record torchlight parade or you’re boogieing it in 'til the early morning, there’s a New Year’s Eve celebration for you this December 31st in the High Sierra.
sequoia national park marble falls winter hikes in the high sierra
Scenic vistas, snow-capped peaks, & empty trails combine for an unforgettable experience like no other time of year.
Snowshoe in the High Sierra
Winter-time activities offer you clean-crisp air, snowbound vistas, lesser crowds and so much more. So, for this season, consider a snowshoe adventure in the High Sierra.
Fancy a ski break away from the masses? Then be sure to take a close look at these 4 low-key destinations that turn out to be hidden gems in the High Sierra.
Christmas festivals in the high sierra
Get in the holiday spirit by checking out one of the many Christmas festivals in the High Sierra. From one-of-a kind experiences like the Bracebridge Dinner to festive parades.
The High Sierra is renown for its word-class skiing but there's much more to do here than just that in the winter. When you’re ready to take a break from the slopes or just not a big skier/snowboarder check out these awesome winter activities that aren't skiing or snowboarding.
Come celebrate and help preserve California's multitude of natural wonders and cultural heritage by visiting one of these three state parks in the High Sierra.
mercer caverns high sierra attractions
While the iconic destinations are a must for everyone to see here's a list of 3 lesser-known tourist attractions in the High Sierra that are worth the visit as well.
High Sierra museums offer a unique glimpse at the history that exists in the Sierra Nevada. Both residents and visitors alike, will come away learning & truly appreciating the region that much more.
Via Ferrata
When venturing deep into the mountains visitors are looking for empty beaches, quiet roads, and a destination all to themselves. Discover the secret season in the High Sierra to get all that and more!
Bodie Ghost Towns of the High Sierra
For a perfect recipe to visit ghost towns AND enjoy nice weather at the same time come visit the High Sierra.
On the West Coast there's no better place that captures the essence of autumn like here. If you're planning the perfect fall foliage getaway, then this list & some tips will help maximize your leaf peeping when in the High Sierra. Don't miss out on mother nature's display before it's too late.
Fall is THE time to visit the High Sierra. It's the season for local’s AND visitors alike to enjoy the peace, tranquility AND numerous fall festivals happening in the High Sierra.
Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad Railroading Family Vacation Ideas in the High Sierra
Don't let the last glimmer of summertime pass you up without one more family trip to the High Sierra. Here are 3 family vacation ideas that will make everyone happy!
Bristlecone Pine Forest
Looking for a bucket list of natural wonders to see? Here's four worth exploring from the well-known to some hidden gems that exist deep in the High Sierra.
Best Scenic Byways High Sierra Sierra Vista National Scenic Byway
The High Sierra isn’t just a place filled with many one-of-a kind wonders. It’s also a destination to remove the tension of city life. Get away from the mid-summer heat, the terrible traffic and check out one of the many scenic byways in the High Sierra. Don’t let another weekend pass without a respite.
Bishop Visitor Center Rock Creek Lake Horseback Riding in the High Sierra
Although people may not think “fitness” when they consider taking the reins, a day in the saddle will kick you in the rear. While it may look like the horse is doing all the work, as a rider it takes balance, strong legs and a stable core to stay upright. So, hop on a horse this summer and truly feel the air, smell the foliage and see the High Sierra’s beauty in a unique way.
Travertine Hot Springs Mono County
The High Sierra hot springs run the full gambit of amenities when it comes to rest and relaxation. From amenity-free to luxurious, you’ll find the pool that fits your needs. Come visit for a soak and create an adventure of your own.
There’s something special about being on the trail, feeling the cool mountain air against your skin and the warmth of the sun hitting your face as you trek onward. It’s these moments in the outdoors that help re-energize your soul for the following week. So, instead of sitting at home wasting away on your couch, try one of these amazing High Sierra hiking trails.
From first-timers to seasoned mountain bikers, these are just a sampling of the best lift-served / shuttle accessed mountain biking High Sierra has to offer. So, go ahead and plan a getaway to let yourself breathe the fresh air and melt your cares away along one of these epic trails.
Yosemite Falls High Sierra Waterfalls
From historic to iconic, the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range can arguably be considered the best place for viewing waterfalls in the world. This is just a drop in the bucket of the vast assortment of High Sierra waterfall beauty you can check out. What is your favorite on the list?   
Mokelumne River Canyon Calaveras County High Sierra Wildflowers
After an amazing winter, it’s “high-time” to plan a trip to the Sierra Nevada and see the explosive color of High Sierra wildflowers that few other places can compete with.
Tahoe Mountain Brewing Truckee Tahoe City Microbrewery High Sierra Apres Skiing
Après & skiing have been intertwined since the advent of sliding down a mountain was perfected. Here's a few places you can enjoy a locally made brew, or for the less beer-inclined, a handcrafted organic cocktail as part of your Apres in the High Sierra.
Downtown Murphys Go Calaveras
Learn about some hidden gems in the Sierra Nevada for a special weekend (or week long) getaway. Hiking, hot springs, historic towns and lots more to recharge your relationship.
Bike, ski, climb and paddle your way through the High Sierra during this epic weeklong road trip. Experience a night under the stars followed by a day discovering California’s unique dining options. Pack some camping gear and don’t forget to bring the camera on this east side adventure.
For those who like to play as hard as they work, the High Sierra offers plenty of opportunity. From late nights and live music in South Lake Tahoe to backcountry adventures in Yosemite National Park the adventure doesn’t stop until you throw in the towel.

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