Mammoth Lakes, together with June Lake, is Mono County’s most visited destination. Both mountain resort towns, 20 minutes apart, host skiers and snowboarders in winter and fishermen and hikers in summer. Mammoth is the larger of the two in population, uphill lift capacity, and dining options – in fact, it’s one of the largest ski resorts in North America!
A full range of amenities in Mammoth Lakes include four-star hotels, condos, cozy cabins, motels, and campgrounds. Dining options range from sushi to wine bars to family pizza parlors.
When to Visit
Mammoth Lakes has one of the longest ski seasons in the U.S., with ample snow from approximately November through May. Fishing season is the last Saturday in April through Nov. 15 every year. In summer months, when the snow melts, access is available to Yosemite via Tioga Pass and throughout the backcountry. Fall colors generally peak in late September and early October, and offer a wonderful spectacle in our “off-season.” If you wish to plan your trip around one of Mammoth’s events, including Bluesapalooza, Jazz Jubilee, Mammoth Motocross or one of our tough summer triathlons, check out the Mono County Events Calendar.
Exceptional Skiing & Snowboarding
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is a major attraction of the western United States. An average of 400 inches of snow per winter and 28 chairlifts serve 3,500 acres of skiable terrain.
Mammoth Mountain is now open for the 2014-15 winter ski and snowboard season, as of Nov. 13, 2014. The resort has operated for over 60 years and offers Tube Park & Snow Play, snowmobiling, scenic gondola rides and cross country skiing in addition to skiing and snowboarding.
Mammoth in Summer
Sightseeing in Mammoth area includes Devil's Postpile National Monument, Rainbow Falls, Minaret Vista, historic mine sites and museums. Don't miss a scenic ride to the top of Mammoth Mountain's 11,053 summit and the Top of the Sierra Interpretive Center.
World-class Trout Fishing
Within the Mammoth Lakes Basin are several great lakes, stocked annually and offering float, boat and shore fishing. Catch rainbows, browns and brookies from the last Saturday in April through Nov. 15 every year.
We’ve assembled the Top 5 spots for mountain biking and road biking in the Mammoth area.
Hiking Reds Meadow
Try a hike to a natural wonder. Mammoth Mountain’s Adventure Center is the departure point for this popular day trip. It starts with a 10-minute scenic bus ride into the diverse river valley. Stops along the route include meadows, lakes, streams, and waterfalls. Services include campsites, a pack station and a general store.
The Mammoth Lakes Basin is the place to enjoy the upper reaches of the Eastern Sierra. Campgrounds include Twin Lakes Campground and Coldwater Campground.