Activity & Road Updates in Mammoth Lakes
Dec 21, 2022
WINTER IS HERE!
Winter in Mammoth Lakes inspires adventure at every turn. From skiing and snowboarding at the world-famous Mammoth Mountain (California’s highest chairlift-serviced peak) and miles upon miles of cross-country and snowshoe terrain to snowmobile adventures and family fun-filled with sledding and snowball fights, there are so many ways for everyone to enjoy this spectacular, snowy winter wonderland.
Remember that weather can be variable, which just adds to the adventure. Prep with clothing layers and hot chocolate (or something stronger) at the ready in case Mother Nature throws us a curveball.
At the end of your day, warm up or cool down at one of the many restaurants, bars or coffee shops in town.
Here’s the latest on activity openings and road updates in Mammoth Lakes and the surrounding area. Please note, these dates could be subject to change and are weather dependent.
Mammoth Lakes Road & Transportation Updates
Please Note: Mammoth Lakes can receive early season and late season storms that may cause roads to close until conditions improve. Always check current conditions before you go.
- Hwy. 203 to Reds Meadow (Devils Postpile & Rainbow Falls) – Closed for the season.
- Hwy. 203 to Minaret Vista – Closed for the season.
- Mammoth Lakes Basin Roads – Closed for the season. Tamarack Lodge and Cross Country Center are accessible.
- Hwy. 158 (June Lake Loop) – Open to June Mountain Ski Area; Winter closure in place as of 11/5/22.
- Hwy. 120 (Tioga Pass) to Yosemite National Park – Closed for the Winter. For current road conditions, please call (209) 372-0200.
- Hwy. 108 (Sonora Pass) – Closed for the Winter.
- Hwy. 89 (Monitor Pass) – Closed as of 12/1/22 for incoming storms.
- Hwy. 270 (Bodie Rd.) – Weather permitting access. For more information, please call 760-616-5040.
- Rock Creek Road – Closed for the season.
- Yosemite Area Regional Transit System (YARTS) with service to Yosemite National Park – Closed for the season
- Lakes Basin Trolley with service to the Mammoth Lakes Basin – Closed for the season.
- Tours of Yosemite National Park and Bodie State Historic Park are available via MAWs Transportation during the Summer months.
For schedule information regarding Eastern Sierra Transit Authority (ESTA) seasonal routes, visit the ESTA website.
Winter Activities in Mammoth Lakes
Skiing & Snowboarding
Mammoth Mountain lodges:
- Main Lodge – Open.
- Canyon Lodge – Open.
- Eagle Lodge – Open.
- The Mill – Open! Come see the new renovations!
June Mountain –Open.
For details on lift and trail openings, visit the Mammoth Mountain website or the June Mountain website.
Cross-Country & Nordic Skiing
Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center (Mammoth Lakes Basin) – Ope.
Shady Rest Winter Trails – Currently, there is one trail groomed at Shady Rest. Current trail conditions can be found here. Please use caution as pre-approved tree work will be occurring along a portion of the New Shady Rest trail.
Mammoth Mountain Snowmobile Adventures– Open.
Snowmobiling is available on Mammoth Lakes trails throughout the winter, snowfall permitting. Check the Mammoth Lakes Trail System website for current trail conditions.
Ice Skating, Tubing & Sledding
Woolly’s Tube Park & Snow Play – Open daily.
Mammoth Ice Rink – Open daily, weather dependent.
Other Winter Activities
Mammoth Mountain snowcat tours – Open; Advanced Reservations required.
Snowshoeing is available on Mammoth Lakes trails throughout the winter, snowfall permitting. Check the Mammoth Lakes Trail System website for current trail conditions.
The Mammoth Lakes California Welcome Center is open Thursday – Tuesday 8:30am – 4:30pm
The Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center is closed for the season.
The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center is closed for the season.
Summer Activities in Mammoth Lakes
As of October 31, 2022 the Inyo National Forest and Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office has lifted fire restrictions. For more information on the restrictions, please check the Inyo National Forest Website.
Trails are open to hikers year-round, weather permitting. Please note that trails currently in Mammoth Lakes do have significant snow coverage in all areas. Check the Mammoth Lakes Trail System website for current trail conditions.
Fishing season in Mono County will end November 15, 2022. Please check updated restrictions before fishing.
Mammoth Bike Park – Closed for the season.
Public bike trails are open to bikers year-round, weather permitting. Check the Mammoth Lakes Trail System website for current trail conditions. Bike rentals are available in spring, summer and fall months, weather permitting. Learn more about where to rent bikes here.
Boating, Kayaking & Paddleboarding
Rentals are available throughout the summer. Learn more about where to rent boats, kayaks and paddleboards here.
Snowcreek Driving Range – Closed for the season.
Snowcreek Golf Course (9 holes) – Closed for the season.
Sierra Star Golf Course (18 holes) – Closed for the season.
Mammoth Lakes Pack Outfit (Mammoth Lakes Basin) – Closed for the season.
U.S. Forest Service campgrounds, as well as privately run campgrounds in Mono County, are open for the season. The Mammoth Mountain RV Park is open year-round with limited services in the winter. Learn more about the U.S Forest Service campgrounds here.
Other Summer Activities
Panorama Gondola at Mammoth Mountain – Closed for the season.
Via Ferrata – Closed for the season.
Mammoth Adventure Center – Closed for the season.
Whitmore Pool – Closed for the season.