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).
Mammoth Yosemite Airport (IATA: MMH) is just east of US-395 near Mammoth.
Horizon Air provides daily service between December and April from LAX in Los Angeles.
United Airlines offers direct non-stop flights from San Francisco, Ca. to Mammoth Lakes Ca.
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, with outside racks for skis and snowboards. 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.
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.$99.
Back Country 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 back country Ansel Adams, Inyo, Sierra, John Muir and Yosemite nationally protected areas. Permits are required and national regulations apply.
Angel's Restaurant, 3516 Main St, ☎ +1 760 934-7427.
Base Camp Cafe, 3325 Main St, ☎ +1 760 934-3900. Good burgers and sandwiches. You can order a brown bag meal to take skiing or hiking.
Breakfast Club, (Hwy 203 & Old Mammoth Rd. next to Shell Mart), ☎ +1 760 934-6944.
Good Life Cafe, 126 Old Mammoth Rd, ☎ +1 760 934-1734.
The Lakefront Restaurant, (at Tamarack Lodge on Twin Lakes), ☎ +1 760 934-2442. Reservations Recommended.
Petra's Cafe, 6080 Minaret Rd (across from the Village Gondola), ☎ +1 760 934-3500.
The Stove, 644 Old Mammoth Rd, ☎ +1 760 934-2821.
Whiskey Creek, (corner of Main St & Minaret Rd), ☎ +1 760 934-2555.
Whitebark at the Westin, ☎ 760.934.0460. 7AM- 10PM. Contemporary Chop House with and Eclectic Menu of Appetizers
Restaurant SKADI, Old Mammoth at the Corner of Chateau, ☎ 760.934.3902. 5PM - 9PM. Fine Alpine Cuisine
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.
Discovery 4 Condominiums, 25 Lee Rd, ☎ +1 760 934-6410, . Condos that are affordable. Adequately well-kept, but not more so.
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, 3236 Main St (Hwy 203), ☎ (760) 924-1234, .
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.
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.
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.
Mammoth Village Condominiums, 6201 Minaret Rd, .
Mammoth Retreat, 865 Majestic Pines Drive, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546 (next to Eagle Express Lift/Chair 15), . checkin: 3pm; checkout: 11am. Come enjoy our Mammoth Retreat, our one bedroom home away from home...Our nice, spacious condo (sleeps 4 adults OR 2 adults with up to 3 small kids) is within steps of Eagle Express chairlift. With a huge concentration of gentle terrain and access to the steeps of Lincoln Mountain, Eagle Lift is great for families and groups with varying skill levels. Largely undiscovered, Eagle is a great starting point that's a four minute walk to our Aspen Creek Complex. Eagle Express is a high speed 6 person chairlift and Eagle Lodge has all of your mountain services- Ticketing, Rentals, Ski Lessons, Accessories, Dining, etc). Aspen Creek's first class accommodations include: Underground parking, elevators from ground floor, heated swimming pool (summer/fall) and several outdoor Jacuzzis that have spectacular views of stunning Sherwin Valley and Peaks, Mountain Rock and more. Our backyard is the beautiful protected Valentine Reserve forest so you definitely are feeling like you're in the High Sierras. LOCATION, LOCATION,LOCATION! Our very cozy condo is an end unit with sunny exposure and nice views with no guests above and nearly 900 square feet large. Being in this ideal location, it is quiet and peaceful. THIS IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL RENTAL! For a one bedroom, our home is large so you will not feel like you are in a shoebox! Our goal is for you to feel very comfortable and at home. We have with 3 outdoor Jacuzzis, 3 saunas and a swimming pool open during the summer and into the fall, elevators in all buildings, underground parking for extra convenience and pristine laundry facilities (so there’s no need to over do it packing)! The three Jacuzzis on the premises have spectacular views of the Sherwin Mountain ranges. Enjoy a bubbly hot Jacuzzi literally down the hallway two floors below (no cold runs outdoors!) and relaxing sauna even fewer steps from your front door. Aspen Creek complex is ideal! People love staying here because of it’s peaceful, well maintained, convenient location. With high vaulted ceilings, lots of windows and sunlight, our log mountain style furnishings will definitely have you feeling like you are in the high Sierras. After a long day outdoors, unwind at one of fifty restaurants in Town offering everything from budget taquerias to gourmet fine dining. Whatever you come to experience in Mammoth during the winter, you will certainly enjoy the crisp, cool mountain air that will leave you feeling energized & renewed! 125-200 (summer/fall) 200-450 (during ski season).
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