Sierra Vista Scenic Byway

If you love to drive, you’ll love the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway

The Sierra Vista Byway is a very scenic drive meandering for 82 miles through outstanding scenery with remarkable views of the crest of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, in the U.S. state of California.

How long is the Sierra Vista Byway?

The road is 82.7-mile (133.1 km) long, located on the western slope of the central Sierra Nevada. It has paved and unpaved (slow and bumpy but still manageable in a passenger car) parts. The drive will take you from rolling foothills to alpine forests. You will see incredible views of the Sierra Crest. It is an excellent way to see the Sierra backcountry all from the comfort of your car.

Is the Sierra Vista Byway open?

The road tops out at 7,300 feet above the sea level. The byway closes each year during the winter and then reopens (June through October) once maintenance crews have had a chance to remove most of the remaining snow and make it safe for tourists to travel. The seasonal road is maintained by the National Forest Service, and opens once all the snow has melted from the upper elevations and any necessary cleanup has been completed.

How long does it take to drive the Sierra Vista Byway?

The journey offers breathtaking panoramas and amazing vistas. Be sure to take you camera with you. It’s a scenic driving loop through the Sierra National Forest with views of the Sierra Nevada crest, granite domes, mountain streams, fishing lakes and historic buildings. Plan approximately 5 hours to drive. Gas up before you start. There’s only one place to get gas along the route (Wagner’s Store at Mammoth Pool) and the prices reflect this.


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NOTICE: Due to the spread of COVID-19, many points of interest and roads are closed and travel is not recommended. Please follow all local health authority directives before venturing off, and stay safe.