Welcome to Mammoth Lakes! The tallest skiable peak in California. Whether you’re a weekend warrior looking to hit the slopes after a hard week of work, or a family of 4 planning your annual family vacation, you’ll find endless adventures and experiences in Mammoth Lakes. Use this section of our site to plan your explorations and adventures.
Here are some activities to get you started.
Summer visitors have been attracted to Mammoth Lakes' boundless recreational opportunities and ample sightseeing since the early 1900s. From fishing and hiking to mountain biking and camping, there's something for everyone. Mammoth is also home to summer festivals like the Jazz Jubilee and the Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza, making it the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts looking for world-class entertainment on their vacation.
Summer Family Fun
A Mammoth Lakes vacation offers families and adventurers alike with endless fun. Find boundless adventures, and keep kids entertained all day in the great outdoors. This is just a sampling of what you'll find in Mammoth Lakes this summer:
- Explore hiking trails and wilderness areas on more than 2 million acres of National Forest lands:
- Fish pristine mountain streams and lakes;
- Explore the area on horseback;
- Take an exhilarating ride in a hot air balloon or on a helicopter tour;
- And of course you can make your own family adventure at Mammoth Mountain with mountain biking, zip lining, rock climbing and jumping on a super bungee trampoline.
The Sierra Nevada Mountain Range offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the world and Mammoth Lakes is right in the heart of it all. See for yourself with a ride up the Scenic Gondola to the top of Mammoth Mountain. At this 11,053-foot peak you'll enjoy 360-degree views of the Sierra. You can even see Yosemite from here!
Mammoth Lakes is centrally located near the most prized national and state parks in the west.
- Yosemite National Park: This crown jewel of the National Park System is just a short drive from Mammoth Lakes, and is on the bucket lists of many outdoor enthusiasts.
- Devils Postpile. A must see national monument, conveniently located an easy hike half a mile from the parking lot. Continue on the 1.3 mile trail down to Rainbow Falls and indulge in the beauty that this area has to offer.
- Get a glimpse of Bodie State Historic Park, the largest unrestored ghost town in the west.
Mammoth Lakes and the surrounding area is world-renowned for trout fishing. Whether you fish from shore, float tube an alpine lake, or rent a boat you'll be sure to find a stretch of water to call your own.
- Hike into one of the lakes above 10,000 feet and catch an all-natural golden trout!
- Mammoth Lakes has several professional guides to teach you how to fish or to show you where the fish are biting.
Festivals and Events
In spring and summer, Mammoth Lakes comes alive with annual music, food, wine, and sporting festivals.
- The Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza, showcases the best craft breweries and blues performers in the country.
- The Mammoth Lakes Jazz Jubilee offers fun for all with Cajun, big band, swing, 50s & 60s, rock and roll, Dixieland, and straight-ahead jazz.
- "Educate your Palate" with a food and wine festival that includes wine from more than 30 wineries and top chefs from across California.
- Test yourself in "Toughest Race in the Most Beautiful Place:" The June Lake Triathlon.
Check out our Events page for a full listing of music, athletic, and food and wine events waiting for you!
Mammoth Lakes is known for winter adventures that get your adrenaline flowing! Home to Mammoth Mountain, one of the largest skiing and snowboarding areas in North America. You’ll find more than 3,500 acres of skiable and rideable terrain, as well as one of the longest skiing seasons anywhere. The average length of the season is from November to June, but don’t worry, Mammoth Lakes enjoys more than 400 days of sunshine. Most days you’ll be skiing and riding in true California fashion: in the sun!Not into skiing or Snowboarding? Join Woolly and friends at our one-of-a-kind tubing and family snowpark. We also offer miles of cross country skiing trails and professional guided or self guided snowmobile tours amid the stunning scenery of the Sierra Mountains. Click here for more winter activities.
Skiing and Snowboarding
There's a saying in Mammoth: "No other mountain lives up to it's name."The massive Mammoth Mountain offers 3,500 acres of skiable terrain, has a 3,100 foot vertical rise, and enjoys 400 inches of average snowfall each year. Mammoth Mountain is truly mammoth.
Everyone from first-time beginners to advanced skiers and snowboarders will find something at Mammoth, from the big cornice on top of Dave's Run, to the gentle, forgiving runs off of the Discovery Chair, and everything in between, you find a ski trail that perfect for you.
Cross Country Skiing
Mammoth Lakes is home to some of the most stunningly scenic cross country ski trails in the entire West. Stop by Tamarack Cross Country Center, where you'll find 19 miles of machine groomed trails that meander through pine forests and to spectacular vistas of craggy snow-capped peaks.
You'll also find free, machine-groomed trails close to town. Ski right out of the Welcome Center on approximately 9 miles of trails.
Cross country skiing is both easy and accessible. It's not complicated and not a lot of gear is required, making it a great activity for families.
Lessons and rentals are available at the Tamarack Cross Country ski center.
Explore the Inyo National Forest on a snowmobile! Explore over 100 miles of trails just east of town. Ride to Lookout Mountain, Inyo Craters or Bald Mountain where you'll find gorgeous scenery and geological wonders. You're free to explore on your own, in a group, or with a friendly experienced guide.
Tubing and Snowplay
There is nothing more fun than playing in the snow, and kids of all ageswill enjoy Woolly's tube park! Lifts whisk you and your tube to the top, and you ride down one of six groomed lanes. Be sure to check out the expanded snowplay area, featuring a carousel and plenty of space to climb small mountains of snow or build a Snowman!
Dining and Nightlife
After a long day on the slopes or on the trail come and enjoy the numerous dining and nightlife options.
Whether you're looking to get a few drinks, want to dance and celebrate with friends, or looking to take your family out to dinner at one of your favorite restaurants, you'll find a place to unwind and be yourself.