Ski resort slash abandoned mining town.

By Travel & Leisure
February 21, 2012
Credit: © Rollie Rodriguez

In the summer, Mammoth Lakes transforms from ski town into Wild West gateway, with a ghost town that once packed 60 saloons, and scenic hikes and trail rides. Families have been enjoying the area for decades.

Bodie State Historic Park

Ten miles north of Mono Lake, this abandoned 1880s mining town was once so wild that, for 8,500 residents, it had 60 saloons.

Good Life Café

Start the day with a breakfast burrito.

Restaurant at Convict Lake

There’s a good pizza menu in the bar (in summer), and kids are welcome.

The Mammoth Creek

With views of the snowy Sherwin peaks, the hotel is well-suited to families, especially its duplex “loft” rooms, which have balconies and full kitchens.