Located in east central California, June Lake lies right in the middle of about seven national forests and parks. The community is nestled among the mountains between June Lake and Gull Lake, making it the ideal location for a summer or winter getaway. Here you can ski the snowy peaks or swim in the lakes. Either way, you have front row seats to some of the most spectacular nature in the country. Before packing up the kids and car, check out these top June Lake vacation rental locations for the perfect place to stay.

1. June Lake

Although tiny, June Lake offers everything you need for a comfortable stay from plenty of vacation rentals, lake access and eateries. During a nice evening, stroll along quaint Boulder Drive, which bustles with shops, eateries, and rental stores. Stop at Trout Town Joe for a cup of coffee before heading to the lake or the slopes and then take a break at Alpine Deli and Pizza for some easy eats.

2. Bay Street, June Lake

If you head to Gull Lake and Silver Lake, the June Lake community continues. Bay Street hugs the mountain for access to a spontaneous family hike in the evenings. It’s also only a few minutes from the June Mountain Ski Area, perfect for hitting the powder in winter or hiking during the summer.

3. Steelhead Road, June Lake

Steelhead Road offers even more privacy for nature-loving individuals and, more importantly, access to the Yost Creek and Fern Lake Trailhead. Go from your vacation rental backyard to hiking in just minutes. Dip your feet into the bubbling creek or make your way all the way to the lake for a quiet afternoon and picnic lunch among the majesty of the towering trees. Between jaunts to the woods and the lakes, stop at Carson Peak Inn for some good grub.

4. Washington Street, June Lake

If you want hiking variety, get a vacation rental at Washington Street where you can hop onto the Gem Lake Trail. Along the way, you get to ford several creeks, perfect picture opportunities with the family or head north and take the trail all the way to Grant Lake. Eagle’s Landing restaurant is just across the street where you can fill up on a hot meal to keep your energy up.

5. Nevada Street, June Street

Nevada Street stretches all the way to Silver Lake, making it a quick drive to the boat landing for some kayaking or canoeing fun. If boating isn’t your thing, you can swim, explore the beaches, or even step on to Gem Lake Trail for a hike. Introduce your kids to the rustic life by camping by the lake on the night, a perfect opportunity to enjoy smores and campfire stories.

6. Old Mammoth, Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes is just south of June Lake along 395, well within driving distance but close enough to Mammoth Mountain to take advantage of hiking and skiing opportunities. Old Mammoth lies secluded at the southeastern end of the town, conveniently nestled beside the Snowcreek Golf Course. The course offers a challenging 18 holes, perfect for the golfers in the family. Old Mammoth is also a few minutes from the Valentine Reserve Ecological Study Area, Lakes Basin Bike Path, and Twin Lakes, which offer plenty of outdoor activities for the entire family. Hike up to Twin Falls Overlook for a picture-perfect view of the area.

7. Chateau Road, Mammoth Lakes

Finding a vacation rental on Chateau Road and the surrounding area puts you within a stroll of Mammoth Gallery, a little art and culture among rugged nature. You can also get some food at The Stove or Mammoth Rock ‘n’ Bowl, leaving you time to explore nature. Speaking of exploration, walk down the street to Mammoth Creek Park to the walking trail that wanders through Old Mammoth.

8. Meridian Boulevard, Mammoth Lakes

Just north of Chateau Road lies Meridian Boulevard boasting plenty of vacation rentals. Take to the walking paths, and explore the quaint town on foot, or follow them right to the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. Meridian Boulevard also passes through Mammoth’s downtown area, so you can hit Giovanni’s Pizzeria or Roberto’s Mexican Cafe when a day on the slopes or the trails makes cooking too exhausting.

9. Lake Mary Road, Mammoth Lakes

Lake Mary Road boasts many rental options, all within a short drive of the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Valentine Reserve Ecological Study Area and downtown Mammoth. Before hiking the trails, take the little ones to the Valentine Reserve Ecological Study Area to learn a little more about the world around them.

10. The Village, Mammoth Lakes

The Village Gondola stops at The Village downtown area just north of Lake Mary Road. Take your kids up the mountain for hiking, skiing or just for a new experience. You can also rent any gear you need at the nearby shops. Pick up The Village Ski Back Trail at the square and do some hiking, or stay in the square for shopping and dining.

11. Lee Vining

North of June Lake a few miles is Lee Vining which is on the banks of Mono Lake. You can walk from the town to Lee Vining Canyon and hike along the river right to Mono Lake. In fact, the Mono Basic Scenic Area Visitor Center lies along the hiking trail, great for a great bathroom break and quick picture opportunity. Another possibility is to make your way to Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve. The kids can play on the beach and look for wildlife and you can relax by the cool water.