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Mammoth Lakes, California is an ideal place to introduce members of your group to the mountains. They'll take home memories they'll never forget with activities that include skiing, snowboarding, snowplay, golfing, geo-caching, and much more. Here are additional ideas to help you get the most out of your next trip, for visitors looking for an afternoon activity off the slopes or those who need a full day of adventure.
What to do with a Half Day in Mammoth:
Cross Country Skiing:
You don't need an entire day to try cross country skiing in Mammoth Lakes. Trails are close to town - maybe even out your back door! Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center offers twilight rates. Read more.
Mammoth Lakes has more than just ski rentals behind its storefronts. Shopping includes outlet stores, local art galleries, snowboard shops, all types of ski wear and trendy fashion boutiques. Start with the Village at Mammoth but don't miss the locally-owned and operated shops on Main Street and Old Mammoth Road.
There's nothing like a good meal after a day of winter play. Mammoth Lake's 50-plus restaurants offer an excellent selection. View our dining list here.
Mammoth Lakes is rockin' in the winter. Music starts in the daytime at the Ski Area bars and carries over into après ski with live bands and DJs all weekend nights. View the Events Calendar for listings.
Does the weather have you indoors? Families can enjoy the Minaret Cinema movie theater or rent a video when snowy days call for indoor activities.
Scenic Gondola Rides:
A uniquely Mammoth experience is a ride on the Scenic Panorama gondola, the only place to get spectacular panoramic views from Mammoth Mountain's 11,053-foot summit. Once at the top visit the Top of the Sierra Interpretive Center. Learn more.
This sizable fissure was formed when the Inyo Craters erupted centuries ago. Located off of Minaret Road on the way to Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.
This can be an entire day's adventure, but rentals are also available for 1-2 hours. Click here to learn more.
The Village at Mammoth:
The pedestrian village nestled in the heart of Mammoth Lakes has boutique shopping, nightclubs, restaurants, lodging and a gondola. Learn More.
1 Day Activities in Mammoth:
Cross Country Skiing:
Gliding and skating around Mammoth Lakes on cross country skis gives you a way to see parts of the area that are otherwise inaccessible. An adventure on skis followed by a steamy cider or a hearty bowl of French onion soup is a perfect Mammoth day. Learn more.
June Lake Loop:
The scenic loop begins 10 miles south of Mono Lake off of U.S. 395. The drive is approximately 15 miles of dramatic Sierra peaks in a picturesque lakes basin. Stops along the loop include restaurants, scenic viewpoints, charming village shops, day spa and June Mountain Ski Area. The road may be closed during winter months near Silver Lake. Please check road conditions for HWY 158.
Backcountry is your backyard in the Inyo National Forest, where you'll find enough orange-diamond trails to explore for days. Learn more.
Driving Tour on the 395 with Roadside Heritage CD:
Journey along Highway 395 with the Paiute Indians as they share legends of long ago. Listen as the era of prospectors, mining camps and mule teams comes to life, and go back in time to discover how a Slim Princess found her way into the Eastern Sierra. This fascinating 395 Roadside Heritage CD is now available on request.
Road Trip to the South:
Convict Lake is just 10 miles south of Mammoth off U.S. Hwy 395. Rugged mountain scenery with sheer cliffs and a natural alpine lake are the site of an 1871 gun battle between escaped convicts and a sheriff's posse. The oldest rocks in the Sierra Nevada range are found here.
Five miles further south is Crowley Lake, a man-made lake formed in 1940 as part of Los Angeles aqueduct system, now popular for fishing.
In Bishop, visit the Laws Railroad Museum and Historic Site which houses preserved 1883 Laws Depot and 28 surrounding buildings. Tours of the train are a must. http://www.lawsmuseum.org/
Through the historic Owens Valley is Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States (14,495 feet). It is located near Lone Pine, the town that is home to the Lone Pine Film History Museum. http://lonepinefilmhistorymuseum.org/
Less than 100 miles south of Mammoth Lakes is Manzanar, the site of a WWII Japanese internment camp. www.nps.gov/manz