The Sierra Nevada mountains are a popular snow skiing destination. For Californians living in Los Angeles, Mammoth Mountain is the easiest resort to get to from Los Angeles.
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.
At 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).
From the San FranciscoBay 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.
The 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 north bound and once south bound 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 north bound and once south bound each day (the bus also stops near the Inyo Kern Airport).
The Yosemite Area Regional Transit System (YARTS) operates a bus to and from Mammoth Lakes and Yosemite Valley from June through September (weekends only during June and September) once east bound and once west bound on days that it runs. This bus is popular with back country campers.
Between the city of Mammoth Lakes and the Mammoth Mountain resort, a bike will do fine in summer. Frequent trams run between the town and the slopes during the winter. There are no outside racks for skis and snowboards on the trams. For everything else, you need a car.
Hot Creek Geological Area (On a dirt road just east of the airport, which is just south along US395). An 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 currently forbidden due to increased geothermal activity.
Mammoth Mountain. In 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.
Snowshoeing, 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.edit
Golf - Sierra Star Golf Course, 2001 Sierra Star Pkwy, ☎ 760.924.4653. 18 hole championship golf course in the middle of town. Narrow tree-lined fairways at an elevation above 8000 feet make it a challenging course.$260. edit
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.edit
Sighitseeing (Visitor Center), 2510 Main St., ☎ 760-924-5500, . 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.edit
Cinnamon Bear Inn (Bed and Breakfast), 113 Center St, ☎ 760-934-2873, . checkin: 2PM; checkout: 10AM. One of the few full bed and breakfasts in town, wonderful charming rooms and great deals.From $130/double. edit
Discovery 4 Condominiums, 25 Lee Rd, ☎ +1 760 934-6410, . Condos that are affordable. Adequately well-kept, but not more so.edit
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, 3236 Main St (Hwy 203), ☎ (760) 924-1234, . edit
Mammoth Premiere Reservations, 89 Laurel Mountain Rd (Head into Mammoth on Main Street, turn left on Laurel Mountain), ☎ (760) 934-6543, . checkin: 4PM, Sundays and Holidays 5PM. Various rentals.edit
Mammoth Reservation Bureau, 94 Old Mammoth Road (Take a left at Old Mammoth Rd., 4th driveway on right side), ☎ 800-462-5571, . checkin: 5PM; checkout: 10AM. Studio to 5-Bedroom Condominiums in 43 complexes. Hosting visitors since 1976.edit
Mammoth Reservations, 3325 Main Street (near Base Camp Cafe), ☎ (760) 934-6011 (toll free: (800) 223-3032, fax: (760) 934-7461), . Rents various properties around Mammoth. Their website is terrible, but you may find some deals worth the pain.edit
Mammoth Village Condominiums, 6201 Minaret Rd, . edit
Stay In Mammoth, 26 Old Mammoth Road, #L2, ☎ 866-686-8423, . edit
The Westin Monache Resort, 50 Hillside Dr., ☎ (760) 934-0400, . Mammoth's largest hotel / resort. Nice restaurant and bar (Whitebark) and heated pool / jacuzzi. edit
Sierra Nevada Resort, 164 Old Mammoth Road, . checkin: 4:00pm; checkout: 11:00am. Located within Mammoth Lakes resort region, this historic lodge features a seasonal outdoor pool and access to nearby skiing. Free Wi-Fi and area shuttle service are offered. The spacious, decorative rooms of Sierra Nevada Lodge are equipped with a flat-screen cable TV and a coffee maker. A work desk and telephone are included. Billiards in the Sierra Lodge’s large lobby or miniature golf can be played outside. A hot tub, ski shop and Fancy Nancy’s Boutique are also available.Rafter’s Restaurant is located next to the lodge and serves modern American meals. Red Lantern offers Chinese cuisine for dinner. A bar is also located in the lobby.edit
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