Hotel at a Glance: Juniper Springs Resort
The luxury lodge at Juniper Springs Resort is surrounded by natural splendor, sitting at the base of Mammoth Mountain, one traffic light away from the town of Mammoth Lakes . Condé Nast Traveler has named Juniper Springs one of its Top 50 Ski Resorts, but it’s an outdoor playground no matter the season.
- Where you’ll stay: In a one- or two-bedroom condo with a gas fireplace, separate kitchen and dining areas, and flat-screen TV
- Step outside: Each condo has an outdoor balcony with mountain views.
- Six hot tubs and two pools let you soak and splash away stress.
- Mountain activities: Fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and golfing. Skiing at the nearby Mammoth Mountain resort starts in November.
- Take the free shuttle to local attractions and into town.
Mammoth Lakes, California: Hot Springs and Hiking in the Sierra Nevada
Mammoth Lakes is a quiet California town high up in the Sierra Nevada mountains southeast of Yosemite National Park. It’s the main gateway to Mammoth Mountain resort, which is just a 10-minute drive from the center of town. The resort is home to the highest golf course in California and Mammoth Mountain Bike Park, which Outside magazine named the best bike park in the United States.
Though Mammoth Lakes is a natural playground for skiers and snowboarders, it’s a popular destination for fishing and hiking in warmer months. Convict Lake, which got its name after a sheriff captured a group of escaped inmates here in 1871, is well known for its stunning mountain vistas and abundance of rainbow trout. The lake is encircled by an easy 3-mile hiking path that reveals the mountains from all perspectives.
The area’s geothermal activity supports a number of natural hot springs, which are great places to unwind after a day of exploring the wilderness. When hunger strikes, head to downtown Mammoth Lakes to find casual bistros and bars pouring West Coast brews.