Mammoth Lakes is a resort city next to Mammoth Mountain which is a popular skiing destination. Mammoth Lakes is in the Eastern Sierra region of the Sierra Nevada mountains in California.
The Town of Mammoth Lakes serves one main function: a place for these hordes of Los Angelenos to stay. Condos, motels, hotels, and restaurants fill this small town to serve the flood of winter visitors. In summer, the flood stops and rents plunge, making Mammoth an affordable base to explore the region.
ClimateAt 8000 feet of elevation, the city stays naturally cool during the region's summer heat waves. Nearby Bishop routinely heats to 105°F (40C) while Mammoth tops out around 84°F (29C).
Mammoth Yosemite AirportHorizon Air provides daily service from Los Angeles International Airport (). United Airlines offers direct non-stop flights between December and April from San Francisco International Airport (), Orange County Airport (), and San Diego () to Mammoth Lakes.
By carNearby US 395 brings visitors from the south (Los Angeles and Bakersfield) and the north (Reno).
From the San Francisco Bay Area, Highway 120 (Tioga Road) from Yosemite is the quick route, but is passable only in summer and early fall. Interstate 80 and US 50 provide cross-mountain access during the winter months, subject to icy conditions and closure due to blizzards.
By busThe Eastern Sierra Transit Authority (ESTA) operates a bus to and from Lone Pine in California and the Reno Nevada Greyhound Bus Station that stops at the Mammoth Lakes McDonalds on Route 203, once northbound and once southbound each day (the bus also stops at the Reno/Tahoe Airport). The same Authority also operates a route to and from Mammoth Lakes and the Lancaster, California Greyhound Bus Station also once northbound and once southbound each day (the bus also stops near the Inyo Kern Airport).
Yosemite Area Regional Transit SystemThe YARTS shuttle travels on Highway 395 and 120 from Mammoth Lakes to Tuolumne Meadows and Yosemite Valley, with stops at the Mammoth Mountain Inn, The Village, the Juniper Springs Resort, the Mammoth Lakes Park & Ride, and the Shilo Inn. Ticket prices include park entry, and can be purchased from the shuttle driver.
Village Gondola stationRides up to canyon lodge
Hot Creek Geological AreaAn area of hot springs and steam in a very small canyon. Several pools are scalding hot and will result in death if you jump in. Swimming is forbidden due to increased geothermal activity.
Mammoth Mountain Ski AreaIn winter, this is the main ski resort. In summer the gondola will take you to the top, and the view is amazing. Bring warm clothes for the top.
- Ski & Snowboard (Fall, Winter and Spring, depending on precipitation). Most years the ski season extends until July 4th. One of the top ranking Ski and Snowbarding Resorts in the United States.
- Mountain Biking (Summer only). The ski resort will carry your bike up to the top of the mountain so you can coast down it. Rentals available.
- Fish. The many lakes in the lake basin just west of the city (and north of the mountain) are popular. Boat rentals available.
- Hike (Summer only). To beautiful and amazing locations such as Rainbow Falls and Devils Postpile. An easy 3.5 hike.
- Horseback Ride (Summer Only). Various of tours through beautiful remote areas.
Snowshoeingaddress: Tamarack Lodge(Winter only) Many snowshoeing trails can be found on the road to Lake Mary behind Tamarack Lodge. These trails are marked and free to all hikers.
Sierra Star Golf Coursephone: +1 760 924-4653address: 2001 Sierra Star Pkwy18-hole championship golf course in the middle of town. Narrow tree-lined fairways at an elevation above 8000 feet make it a challenging course.
Backcountry Camping(Summer only) The nearby Reds Meadow and Devils Postpile National Monument areas provide easy access to the John Muir, Pacific Crest and many other trails allowing entry to the backcountry Ansel Adams, Inyo, Sierra, John Muir and Yosemite nationally protected areas. Permits are required and national regulations apply.
phone: +1 760-924-5500address: 2510 Main St.Mammoth Lakes is surrounded by several scenic views and places you shouldn't miss, Yosemite National Park, Bodie Ghost Town, Mono Lake, Devils Postpile National Monument, Hot Creek and Rainbow Falls. Visit the welcome center on your right when you pull into town.
Angel's Restaurantphone: +1 760 934-7427address: 3516 Main St
Base Camp Cafephone: +1 760 934-3900address: 3325 Main StGood burgers and sandwiches. You can order a brown bag meal to take skiing or hiking.
Breakfast Clubphone: +1 760 934-6944
Good Life Cafephone: +1 760 934-1734address: 126 Old Mammoth Rd
phone: +1 760 934-3800address: Convict Lake RdYou're always sure to dine on Mono County's famous Alpers Trout at Convict Lake, because if you don't hook one, you can always order one at the Convict Lake Restaurant. This dining room is famous for its "Country French" cooking with Beef Wellington (hey, isn't that English?), rack of lamb (New Zealand?), salmon (Alaskan?), pasta (Italian?) and "succulent steaks" (so, what's French about it? - guess you'll have to go to find out).
The Lakefront Restaurantphone: +1 760 934-2442Reservations recommended.
Petra's Cafephone: +1 760 934-3500address: 6080 Minaret Rd
The Stovephone: +1 760 934-2821address: 644 Old Mammoth Rd
Whitebark at the Westinphone: +1 760 934-0460Contemporary chop house with and eclectic menu of appetizers.
Restaurant SKADIphone: +1 760 934-3902address: Old Mammoth at the Corner of ChateauFine Alpine cuisine.
address: 826 Lakeview Blvd
phone: +1 760-934-2873address: 113 Center StOne of the few full bed and breakfasts in town, wonderful charming rooms and great deals.
phone: +1 760 934-6410address: 25 Lee RdCondos that are affordable. Adequately well-kept, but not more so.
phone: +1 760 924-1234address: 3236 Main St (Hwy 203)
phone: +1 760 934-6543address: 89 Laurel Mountain RdVarious rentals.
address: 94 Old Mammoth RdStudio to 5-bedroom condominiums in 43 complexes. Hosting visitors since 1976.
phone: +1 760 934-6011address: 3325 Main StRents various properties around Mammoth. Their website is terrible, but you may find some deals worth the pain.
address: 6201 Minaret Rd
phone: +1 760 934-6660address: 3372 Main St
phone: +1 760 934-4500address: 2963 Main St
address: 26 Old Mammoth Road, #L2
phone: +1 760 934-0400address: 50 Hillside Dr
phone: +1-760-934-4777address: 400 Sierra Park RdPublic computers and free Wi-Fi
Mammoth Lakes Post Office
- Bodie an old ghost town from the gold digger era
- Mono Lake a natural basin in the middle of the mountains
- Yosemite National Park
- Manzanar, the site of an Internment Camp for people of Japanese ancestry during World War II.
- The White Mountains and their ancient bristlecone pines.
- Devils Postpile National Monument is a short bus ride from the Mammoth Mountain ski resort.