Mammoth Lakes Vacations

Situated about six hours away from Los Angeles or the Bay Area in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Mammoth Lakes and Mammoth Ski Resort cater to the hordes of coastal Californians who enjoy nature and winter sports. You know a town is serious about its winter sports when it houses one of the world's largest museums dedicated to skiing. With a base ... Read more
elevation of 8,000 feet, Mammoth offers some spectacular bowl skiing above the tree line and should satisfy even the most advanced skiers and boarders. During the summer, visitors enjoy hiking through lakeside wilderness, mountain biking down challenging trails or horseback riding past 19th century mining camps. Take a day to explore the Hot Creek Geological Area, but don’t jump into the pools, they’re scalding hot! To house the large winter crowds, Mammoth has a large variety of motels, hotels and lodges, catering to any budget level. Plan on a day trip; Mammoth is less than an hour's drive to Yosemite, Mono Lake, the ghost town of Bodie and dozens of excellent hiking trails.

Mammoth Lakes places to stay and top hotels

Mammoth Lakes things to do and experiences

  • Mammoth Mountain
    9.885 reviews
    Outdoors, Winter Sports, Ski Area
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  • Convict Lake
    9.547 reviews
    Outdoors, Hiking and Nature, Lake
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  • Lake Mary
    9.447 reviews
    Outdoors, Hiking and Nature, Park
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  • Devil's Postpile National Monument
    9.530 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Outdoors, Hiking and Nature, Monument, Scenic Lookout
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Mammoth Lakes


The most popular time to visit Mammoth Lakes is in the winter (late November to late April) when ski season is going full throttle. During this time of the year, Mammoth Mountain’s 3,500 acres of terrain is ... Read more
blanketed in 30 feet (or more!) of snow, and temperatures drop into the teens Fahrenheit (below zero Celsius). This is when you’ll see the most crowds, especially around the holidays. By April, the crowds die down, but ski season keeps going through spring, sometimes as late as the 4th of July. In the summer, Mammoth Lakes transforms into a prime area for exploring the sunny Californian outdoors; temperature highs stay in the upper 60s and low 70s. Fall is also lovely with golden foliage mirrored in turquoise lakes.

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Mammoth Lakes reviews & trip reports

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    Outdoor Enthusiasts
  • 8.7
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  • 7.3
    Family Travelers
  • 6.5
  • 6.3
    Luxury Travelers

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Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, USA

It takes a bit of doing to get to Mammoth Lakes, but the effort is well worth it. The town is set in a valley that's surrounded by mountains making it feel like an alpine village. The area has interesting geological features and home to many hot springs, the best of which is Whitmore Hot Spring. This open air spring looks out over the valley and to the mountains beyond - it's strikingly beautiful.

Recommended for:Outdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersGreen Travelers
Los Angeles, California, USA

This place is beyond one of my most favorite towns cities or villages in the entire world. When I come here everything resets. I am very relaxed, take everything in stride and just roll with it.

Having lived here as a child for a couple of years kinda nutured the specialness that Mammoth is to me. So much to do here that is super special and fun:

Skiing/Snowboarding on Mammoth Mountain
Hot Springs
Festivals galore
Devil's Postpile
Rainbow Falls
John Muir Trail runs right past it
Twin Lakes
McCloud Lake
Horseshoe Lake
Lake Mary
Convict Lake
June Lake
Mono Lake
Seriously the lakes just go on and on...
Day trip to Yosemite
Day trip to Bodie Ghost Town

This list just never wants to end. Especially with so many good, decent, and occasionally outstanding restaurants. Trust me they have some great grub here and I will admit some terrible grub to. Regardless, this place is unqiue in a great way and everyone that I know loves to spend time here.

So if you want an outstanding place to go recharge the batteries while having tons of outdoor fun and a bit o grubbage, this is an excellent place to go to...

Santa Clara, California, USA

Mammoth Lakes in the Eastern Sierras offers many outdoor opportunities. Backpacking, camping, hiking and fishing are very popular. There are many beautiful lakes throughout the area.

Recommended for:Family TravelersOutdoor Enthusiasts
Del Mar, California

Mammoth Lakes is a great escape any time of the year. It offers some of California's best skiing in winter and best hiking in summer. There are so many things you can do there from soak in natural hot springs, cross country ski, downhill ski, snowboard, mountain bike, hike, go off-loading, and much more. It is beautiful at all different times of the year.

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Labro, Italy

Best known as a ski-resort town, this tiny town in California's Sierra Nevada Mountains is quaint, beautiful, and centrally located for outdoor activities year-round. Going in summer or fall? Check out hiking (I love short hikes to Silver Lake or Devil's Post Pile, or longer treks along the John Muir trail), fishing, climbing, canoeing, visits to national parks (Yosemite and Mono Lake are nearby), ghost towns, swimming in hot springs, and even riding the winter ski lifts to the top of the mountain for a gorgeous view. Heading up in winter or spring? You can't beat the skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing...

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New York City, New York State, USA

Mammoth Lake is a beautiful part of the California landscape. I stick to hiking although there's plenty of snow activities in the winter.

Los Angeles, California, USA

If you live in Southern California, this is a great place to take winter vacation that is within 5 hours driving distance. We always have a good time. Hope for good snow when booking ahead. Don't forget the snow chains!

Skip Big Bear Mountain, Mountain High, and Mt. Baldy and take the longer drive to Mammoth Mountain. It's worth it!

Orange, California, USA

Absolutely fall in love with this resort all over again every single time I go back. There is nothing better than this ski resort if you don't want to fly and ski every else. This lodge has every single a boarder, skier, tourist need to have a good time!

Los Angeles, California

Beautiful in the summer, and great skiing in the winter- Mammoth has it all! They have also added some great restaurants lately, so your food options are much more fun.


Beware of the speed traps when you're coming from LA. It gets really expensive snowboarding here. Not a problem if you have deep pockets.