Fly to Yosemite

An airplane approaches Mammoth-Yosemite Airport with the jagged peaks of the Minarets in the background.

Flying to Yosemite National Park 

For adventurers who want to fly to Yosemite National Park, all of the park’s breathtaking natural wonders are just a short drive away from the Mammoth-Yosemite Airport (MMH). Located in California’s Eastern Sierra region, it’s the closest airport to Yosemite. Once you land, it’s less than an hour’s drive to the east entrance of the 1,200-square-mile wilderness and its stunning natural beauty. Direct flights to Mammoth-Yosemite airport are available year-round from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), which creates easy connection opportunities from across the country and around the world.

Getting from the Airport to Yosemite

After you arrive, there are a variety of ways to get from the airport to Yosemite National Park, depending on your travel preferences and budget.

Car Rental

Rental cars are available at the airport from national brands like Enterprise and Hertz, if you want the ease and freedom of your own set of wheels. It’s an easy drive north on Route 395 and then west on Route 120 to Tioga Pass and the park’s east entrance.

Public Transportation

If you’d prefer not to have a car, public transportation makes the park readily accessible thanks to the Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS), which offers round-trip service to the park. YARTS shuttles run three times daily and connect with an additional network of free shuttles inside the park to help move travelers to their desired destination. The YARTS fare includes the park entry fee.

Shopping for Supplies for Your Trip

The town of Mammoth Lakes is located just 10 minutes from the Mammoth-Yosemite Airport, so whether you want to stock up on food for a camping adventure, suddenly realize you forgot to pack socks or need to replace a malfunctioning piece of gear, you’ll find a variety of shops, stores and outfitters in town who can help with your needs. You can find more information about shopping in Mammoth Lakes on this site.

Sightseeing Between the Airport and Yosemite

Wherever you’re plans take you within the park, there are some incredible sights along the route from Mammoth-Yosemite Airport.

Just east of Route 395, near the junction with Route 120, you’ll find incredible scenery at Mono Lake. From the south shore, there are fantastic views of the lake’s iconic tufa towers, which are jagged rock formations that jut up from shallow, saline waters. Birdwatchers flock to the area to see the swarms of migrating and nesting birds that feed in Mono Lake’s briny waters.

On the northwest shore of Mono Lake are the Black Point Fissures. Resembling narrow slot canyons, these unique formations leftover from an ancient underwater volcanic eruption are easily explored by following a one-mile hike to the sloping ravine entry points. Near the fissures you’ll also find panoramic views of Mono Lake.

If you want to take in some inspiring Eastern Sierra scenery on your way to the park, head west on Route 203, which leads through Mammoth Lakes and connects with the Mammoth Scenic Loop road, where you’ll find dense forest and some epic views. You’ll also have an opportunity to stop at the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center, where you can find maps, souvenirs and local advice from the knowledgeable staff.

Ready to Fly to Yosemite?

You can find more information about flying into Mammoth Lakes-Yosemite Airport on this site and start planning your epic adventure.