Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve in California

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Valentine Reserve

The Valentine Camp, located in a scenic alpine basin in California’s eastern Sierra's, treats visitors to thematic tours of its scenic grounds and outdoor research facility. Read More

  • The camp is located in a scenic alpine basin in the town of Mammoth Lakes.
  • Thematic tours are available on an intermittent basis, usually during summer and fall.
  • Popular tours include the fall color tour and the history walk.


The Valentine Camp is a research center located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The camp is part of the University of California’s natural reserve system, a network of protected natural areas located throughout California. The network includes 36 sites that encompass approximately 135,000 acres.

The center provides numerous public outreach programs, including classes and seminars for students.

Visitors come to the Valentine Reserve to experience thematic tours of the facility.

Location & Information

The Valentine Easter Sierra Reserve is located within Mammoth's city limits.  The facility sits in a scenic alpine basin. Mammoth Creek runs through the property. 

Contact Information 

1016 Mt. Morrison Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Phone: 760-935-4334
Valentine Camp


Valentine Camp offers tours on an intermittent basis. The tours are generally offered in the summer and fall. All tours are thematic; popular tours include a fall color tour and a history walk. Tours are limited to 10-15 people, and a modest donation is required.

Public Outreach Programs
Valentine camp offers outdoor science education programs for k-7, college internships, and short classes. Topics cover various aspects of the areas plants, animals, history, and geology.

Fun Facts

Currently the center is conducting research on fire ecology, wetland mapping, plant ecology, and avian ecology.