Activity & Road Updates in Mammoth Lakes

Nov 23, 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

Road 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) – Open as of 11/15/22
  • Hwy. 270 (Bodie Rd.) – Open as of 11/15/22. For more information, please call 760-616-5040.
  • Rock Creek Road – Closed for the season.

Regional Transportation

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 – Closed for the season; will open 11/24-11/27 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
  • The Mill – Closed due to renovations. Anticipated opening date coming soon.

June Mountain – Closed for the season; Anticipated opening date is December 17, 2022 (Weather dependent)

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) – Open as of 11/19/22.

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.

Snowmobiling

Mammoth Mountain Snowmobile Adventures– Open; will open from 11/19-11/27, then operate Fri-Sun each weekend before opening daily for the season on 12/16.

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 – Closed for the season; expected to open for the season on November 25.

Mammoth Ice Rink – Closed for the season; will open November 25, 2022 – Free Skate night opening night!

Other Winter Activities

Mammoth Mountain snowcat tours – Closed for the season; scheduled to start December 15, 2022.

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 daily 8:30am – 4:30pm

The Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center is closed for the season

The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center is open Thursday through Sunday 10am – 5pm; closes on November 12, 2022 (weather dependent)

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.

Hiking

Trails are open to hikers year-round, weather permitting. Check the Mammoth Lakes Trail System website for current trail conditions.

Fishing

Fishing season in Mono County will end November 15, 2022. Please check updated restrictions before fishing.

Biking

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.

Golf

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.

Horseback Riding

Mammoth Lakes Pack Outfit (Mammoth Lakes Basin) – Closed for the season.

Camping

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.

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