Driving to Mammoth Lakes from Nevada

Oct 15, 2020

With only a half-day drive separating the unforgettable mountain vistas of Mammoth Lakes from the bright lights and casinos of Las Vegas, and just a three-hour drive between Reno and Mammoth Lakes, it’s an easy escape to reach the breathtaking beauty of the Eastern Sierra from Nevada.

Scroll down for detailed directions for your next trip and points of interest along the way.

Driving from Nevada to Mammoth Lakes

Whether you’re driving from Las Vegas to the south or Reno to the north, your drive will take you through scenic mountain or desert areas to meet up with Hwy. 395 to Mammoth Lakes.

Driving from Las Vegas to Mammoth Lakes

The 325-mile drive from Las Vegas to Mammoth Lakes takes about five hours, depending on travel conditions. From Las Vegas, take Hwy. 95 toward Beatty. , which will take you all the way to Mammoth Lakes. Then connect to Hwy. 266, which takes you toward Hwy. 168 to Lone Pine or Hwy. 264 toward Benton and eventually to Hwy. 395.

Driving from Reno to Mammoth Lakes

From Reno, drive approximately 160 miles along Hwy. 395 directly to Mammoth Lakes. The drive takes about three hours.

Scenic Areas on the Drive from Nevada to Mammoth Lakes

On the way to Mammoth Lakes, you’ll pass these iconic Eastern Sierra landmarks and scenic areas. 

Scenic Areas North of Mammoth Lakes

  • Lake Tahoe
  • Bodie State Historic Park
  • Mono Lake

Scenic Areas South of Mammoth Lakes

  • Death Valley National Park
  • Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest
  • Manzanar Historic Site

Traveling to Mammoth Lakes from Nevada by Bus

For those who don’t have access to a vehicle or prefer to skip driving, year-round train and bus service is available to Mammoth Lakes. This convenient and budget-friendly option costs travelers around $50 in combined ticket costs each way.

Available Monday-Friday, the Lone Pine to Reno ESTA route (with stops in Mammoth Lakes) runs once a day. Check the ESTA website for the most up-to-date schedule. Tickets can be purchased directly from the driver. Plan to have exact change if you’re paying in cash. Credit cards are accepted for this bus route.

Jason Abplanalp

Jason Abplanalp first discovered the Eastern Sierra lifestyle six years ago and after brief tenures in Colorado and Idaho, Jason returned to the mountain town he truly loves, Mammoth Lakes, CA. As an avid skier, mountain biker, hiker, and fisherman, Jason believes there is no better place for his family to call home. Jason has…

More Blog Posts By Jason Abplanalp