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Visiting the High Sierras

Stretching from South Lake Tahoe in the north, all the way south to the city of Lone Pine – nestled between Kings Canyon National Park and the Saline Valley – the High Sierras of California are a respite from the hustle and bustle of the big cities.

Visitors come to Sonora for convenient access to Angels Camp, Columbia State Historic Park, and the Tuolumne County Museum, but they stay for the boundless small-town charms throughout.

The 2015 Sonora Celtic Faire is March 6th through 8th, offering a unique way to get in touch with local personality. The event promises three days of nonstop entertainment, with live music, a variety of traditional dancing, street performers, archery, a fire-breathing dragon, and more.

The weather is warming up and the people of South Lake Tahoe are ready to get out on the water, but before the snow melts, head 45 minutes south of town to Kirkwood Mountain Resort and see the fast-paced, high-flying action of the 2015 The Rahlves’ Bonzai Tour. Held on March 7th and 8th, the event is a combination free-ski-meets-boarder cross race. Join spectators along the course or join the finish line party at the end of Snow Snake Gully.

Better start training – it’s almost time for the 2015 Wild Wild West Marathon and 50K in Lone Pine. Runners gather on Saturday, May 2nd and choose between the 50K, the 26.2-mile marathon, or a variety of shorter runs along scenic courses.

Nature lovers won’t want to miss the chance to bask in a bevy of blossoms in Ridgecrest, in the eastern Sierras. A colorful array of flowers began to bloom in Februay and will continue through April, when flower fanatics gather at the south end of Naval Air Warfare Center–China Lake for the 2015 Ridgecrest Flower Festival.

While you’re in the area, don’t forget to check out Randsburg, just south of Ridgecrest. The ghost of a once-booming mining town, Randsburg is a nearly untainted time capsule of bygone era. Check out the Randsburg Opera House, the White Horse Saloon, or get a sarsaparilla from the soda fountain at the General Store.

California's High Sierras Hotel Map

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11 Best Western Hotels
in California's High Sierras

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    Exeter Inn & Suites


    Frontier Motel

    Lone Pine

    High Sierra Hotel

    Mammoth Lakes

    Yosemite Way Station Motel


    Yosemite Gateway Inn


    Porterville Inn


    China Lake Inn


    Station House Inn

    South Lake Tahoe

    Truckee-Tahoe Hotel


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California's High Sierras Events

August 2015

August 22-23, 2015
41st Annual Truckee Pro Rodeo

Hold on tight at the Truckee Pro Rodeo at McIver Arena in Truckee. This annual rodeo is a great family-friendly event, also featuring Mutton Bustin', a pageant, kids' day rodeo, and so much more. The event start time is TBA.

September 2015

September 18 & 19, 2015
19th Annual Mountain Heritage Days & Parade

A two-day event held at the Fresno Flats Historical Village in Oakhurst featuring a market place, silent auction, food booths, and a spectacular parade – all featuring period goods and dress. The event begins at 10 a.m.

September 25-28, 2015
2015 Dinuba Annual Raisin Festival & Parade

A family-friendly carnival and parade spread across three days in Dinuba. The event will be hosted at Roseanne Vulch Park beginning at 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday.

September 4-6, 2015
2015 Mammoth Rock N Rye

Held on Labor Day Weekend, this event is set to feature three days of live rock bands in a festival atmosphere alongside craft beer and rye whiskey tastings. The concert is hosted at the Village at Mammoth Lakes – start time is TBA.

October 2015

October 31, 2015
2015 Haunted Downtown

Merchants throughout downtown Mariposa celebrate Halloween with trick or treating and other "horrific" events fit for the whole family. Event start time is TBA.

October 22-25, 2015
2015 Desert Empire Fair

 This Ridgecrest community staple has been entertaining families for over 65 years – and this year will be no different. Held at the Desert Empire Fair & RV Park, this event is set to feature a ton of rides, games, food, vendors, events, and so much more.

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