Welcome to Mammoth Lakes! If you love to put the great in great outdoors, then you'll find plenty of epic adventures and beautiful scenery during the summer months in Mammoth Lakes. You can enjoy everything from heart-pounding mountain bike rides to fly-fishing on peaceful lakes and streams, or a wilderness camping trip to a pleasant afternoon hike. Here are some ideas for things to do during a summer trip to Mammoth Lakes.
Summer visitors have been attracted to Mammoth Lakes' ample recreational opportunities and 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 who like their vacation adventure with a side of world-class entertainment.
Summer Family Fun
A Mammoth Lakes vacation offers endless fun for families and adventurers alike. 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 helicopter tour
- Have a family adventure at Mammoth Mountain with mountain biking, zip lining, rock climbing or 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
Every spring and summer, Mammoth Lakes comes alive with annual music, food, wine, and other 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 more.
"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 the "Toughest Race in the Most Beautiful Place," The June Lake Triathlon.
Check out our Events page for a full listing of music, athletic and culinary events happening during your visit.
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