Things to Do

W-tanagerYou’ll find plenty of things to do at Rainbow Tarns. Whether its peace and quiet you want or a more adventuresome escapade, the area around Rainbow Tarns has something to offer everyone. The lakes and streams of the Eastern Sierra Mountains are known for their fine trout fishing. There are excellent trails for hiking, horseback riding or even bike riding. Natural hot mineral springs in the area are great for bathing. Open meadows provide for great bird watching or stargazing. And don’t forget the rugged beauty of the many natural attractions like Mono Lake, Devil’s Postpile and the ancient Bristlecone Pines.

Horseback riding

Bring your own horse and board it with us or rent horses at one of the nearby stables.

Bike riding

There are numerous country roads or mountain bike trails perfect for seeing the countryside. Bring your own or rent a mountain bike.


With the John Muir Trail, and many others nearby, there are hikes for all levels of hikers, from novice to advanced, all taking you into one of the most beautiful alpine areas of California.


Rock Creek, Crowley Lake, Hot Creek, Mammoth Lakes, June Lake Loop and Rush Creek are just a few of the many lakes and streams offering some of the best trout fishing in California. Guide services and float-boats are available for that great fishing adventure.

Hot Springs

Enjoy bathing on one of the many mineral hot springs in the area including such renown spots as Hot Creek, Wild Willies and the Crab Cooker.

Rock climbing

The area abounds with spires and rocks just waiting for cliffhangers. Classes and guides can help you learn the ropes.

Music Festivals & Art Shows

If culture is your joy, both Bishop and Mammoth provide music, dancing and art through the many clubs and galleries as well as special festivals and shows.

Less Strenuous

If all this sounds too adventuresome, bring that novel you’ve always wanted to read. Pull out your telescope and star map and enjoy the bountiful sky. Train those binoculars on that unsuspecting bird. Bring your art supplies or camera and capture the beauty and magnitude of the area. Or just lay back and take a snooze. That’s what getting away is all about!