Activity & Road Updates in Mammoth Lakes

Aug 08, 2022

Summer has arrived! Nothing beats Summertime in the mountains.

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.

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. 

Come experience the beauty of the Sierra. You won’t regret it!

Seasons are kind of a big deal in mountain towns. With the change of seasons comes the beginning of some activities and the end of others, and subsequently road closures or openings based on those activities. 

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: In the spring, we can receive 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) – Open, shuttle required 7am – 7pm.
  • Hwy. 203 to Minaret Vista – Open
  • Mammoth Lakes Basin Roads – Open
  • Hwy. 158 (June Lake Loop) – Open
  • Hwy. 120 (Tioga Pass) to Yosemite National Park – Open, a reservation is required to drive into *or through* Yosemite between 6 am and 4 pm through September 30. For information, please go to nps.gov/yose.
  • Hwy. 108 (Sonora Pass) – Open
  • Hwy. 89 (Monitor Pass) – Closed until further notice due to flooding.
  • Hwy. 270 (Bodie Rd.) – Open as of 8/6/22. For more information, please call 760-616-5040
  • Rock Creek Road – Open

Regional Transportation

For schedule information regarding Eastern Sierra Transit Authority (ESTA) seasonal routes, visit the ESTA website.

Summer Activities in Mammoth Lakes

As of June 6, 2022 the Inyo National Forest and Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office have implemented fire restrictions on all federal lands under their jurisdictions. This may affect some of your recreation activities, including where you can have a campfire. For more information on the restrictions, please check the Inyo National Forest Website.

Biking

Mammoth Bike Park – Open

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.

Many of our local shops have started to rent bikes. Learn more about where to rent bikes here.

Hiking

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

As of August 1, to ensure public safety Inyo National Forest officials are temporarily closing the entry roads, trails, and facilities at the Inyo Craters site, located on the Mammoth Ranger District during the month of August. 

·        August 1 – 12: Inyo Craters Interpretive Area including associated facilities (vault toilets), parking area, trails (2705, 2705A), and roads (portion of 3S30, 3S30F, a portion of 3S30G, and 3S30L) will be closed. 

·        August 15 – 24: Inyo Craters Road (3S30) and Dry Creek Road (3S22) will be closed. 

See the official Forest Order and maps here. 

Fishing

Fishing season in Mono County began April 30, 2022. Please check updated restrictions before fishing.

Boating, Kayaking & Paddleboarding

Rentals are available throughout the summer. Learn more about where to rent boats, kayaks and paddleboards here.

Golf

Snowcreek Driving Range – Open daily, 8a to 5p. Please stop by the Snowcreek Athletic Club to purchase range tokens.

Snowcreek Golf Course (9 holes) – Will open July 1, 2022 at 10 am.

Sierra Star Golf Course (18 holes) – Open

Horseback Riding

Mammoth Lakes Pack Outfit (Mammoth Lakes Basin) – Open

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 – Open.

Via Ferrata – Open

Mammoth Adventure Center – Open daily, operations will run June 18 through September 5, 2022.

Whitmore Pool – Open, for more information on pool hours and lap swim, click here.

The Mammoth Lakes California Welcome Center is open daily 8:30am – 4:30pm

The Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center is open daily 8:30am – 4:30pm

The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center is open Thursday through Sunday 10am – 5pm

Winter Activities in Mammoth Lakes

Skiing & Snowboarding

Mammoth Mountain lodges:

  • Main Lodge – Closed for the season
  • Canyon Lodge – Closed for the season
  • Eagle Lodge – Closed for the season
  • The Mill – Closed for the season

June Mountain – Closed for the season

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) – Closed for the season

Snowmobiling

Mammoth Mountain guided snowmobiling – Closed for the season

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

Mammoth Ice Rink – Closed for the season

Other Winter Activities

Mammoth Mountain snowcat tours – Closed for the season

Snowshoeing is available on Mammoth Lakes trails throughout the winter, snowfall permitting. Check the Mammoth Lakes Trail System website for current trail conditions.

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