Mono Mills, California: Roller Coaster RoadSatisfying whoop-de-doo undulations in a sparsely-traveled desert highway. Please don't speed.
- Hwy 120, Mono Mills, CA
- Hwy 120 east of the Mono Craters, between US 395 and the Nevada state line.
Visitor Tips and News About Roller Coaster Road
Took the Roller Coaster Road on our way from Tonopah, Nevada, to Yosemite, California. Definitely as billed.[Steve, 01/29/2013]
Unlikely that the Highway Dept. takes roller coaster speeds into account when it sets a speed limit for a roller coaster road.
If you drive up and down Highway 395 on a regular basis, this is a great diversion that only adds about 30 more miles to the trip. Highway 6 north out of Bishop is a neat road, virtually no traffic and pretty country. Highway 120 over the whoop-de-do's had my wife screaming and laughing with me and we were only doing about 35-45 mph! This was a fun road and I'm sure we'll do it again![Dale Divers, 09/21/2010]
CA State hiway 120 is best known for going over the highest pass in CA into Yosemite Nat'l Park, almost 10,000 feet. However, going east toward Nevada, (into nothingness) is a rather unusual ride. The attraction is the road itself. After turning east on 120 off US395, you pass the Mono Craters. An active earthquake site, and best candidate for volcanic activity in the near future. In a bit, you will find yourself on a many mile roller coaster ride of a road! The "Whoop-de-doo's are enough to raise you heart into your mouth, and compress you into the seat. It's kind of fun, unless you are like my hayseed snaggletooth NASCAR wanna be Father-in-Law. Then you can go 90MPH, catch air on the rises, and scrape frame on downhill compressions! If you wreck out here, you're on your own! It's a road I'm surprised they built, as so few people bother with it. But it's a good state highway. Dramamine might be advised.[John Metz, 08/23/2004]