Nestled in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, is the secluded mountain oasis of Mammoth Lakes, California. Born during the Gold Rush of the late 1800's, the area is still a precious find and remains rich with iconic, natural gems. You will never be at a loss of place to go, things to see, or adventures to embark upon while you are here in Mammoth Lakes. Book today with TurnKey Vacation Rentals to start your Mammoth adventure.
Whether you like to swoosh down the mountain, snowboard, or cross country ski through the forest, you will find your slopes, half-pipes and trails, all here in Mammoth!
Mammoth Mountain boasts a summit of 11,053 feet and four mountains. Simply put, this is a fantastic ski area! Here you can also find extreme adventure with terrain parks, half-pipes and jibs. If you've never been before, Mammoth Mountain has an online guide for first timers!
A day pass purchased at Mammoth Mountain is also good at nearby June Mountain Ski Area.
Should you prefer to cross-country ski, visit Tamarack Cross Country Ski Area which offers numerous trail options from which to select. Amazing scenery awaits you on every trail!
Basalt rock is an igneous rock unique to parts of the world with hot spots deep in the ground. Thanks to hot springs in this area you will find one of the most interesting basalt rock formations in the country - Devil's Postpile - which is truly a sight to behold.
Occurring randomly in nature and truly fascinating to view, Devil's Postpile is protected as a National Monument. It is located within the Ansel Adams Wilderness area (aka Inyo National Forest). There are many other wonders to be viewed and explored while here, such as Minaret Falls.
Lakes, lakes, and more lakes! Here in Mammoth you can view breathtaking views of crystal clear lakes with mirror-like reflections of the mountains and sky. Dip your toes or go for a swim. Cool mountain water will invigorate your spirit and rev up your energy.
There are many hot springs around this mountain lake region, however not all are open to visitors who want to take a dip. However, you are in luck! Wild Willy's Hot Spring is natural, "off the beaten path", and ready to warm you as you take in the mountain air. If you don't mind a drive down a dirt road to get there, you'll never forget this experience. Wild Willy's has two hot spring pools and also offers camping areas if you should want to spend a night out under the stars.
Go for a hike anywhere around Mammoth Lakes and you will blow away your Instagram followers. So many lakes, so many mountains and too many trails to even mention here!
Some popular trails include Crystal Lake Trail which is only 2.5 miles of moderate, dog-friendly hiking path, and the Mammoth Crest Trail which ranges from 4.4 to the 13.2 mile loop. Both trails offer a mountainous journey full of spectacular lake views. Mammoth offers you options to suit your adventure level.
Just a few miles from the Devil's Postpile is Rainbow Falls. Water from the San Joaquin River drops over 100 feet to the river below, creating the roar, mist and rainbows you will want to see in person. Check here for information on the short hike to the falls and shuttle services available.
The lowest hole you'll play at Sierra Star Golf Club is above 7,800 feet! You are playing golf in the mountains, and the views all around won't let you forget it. This is a par 70 course which is open to the public. You get a full mountain golf experience here, complete with thin air and the occasional bear sighting.
At the top of your gondola journey you are over 11,000 feet up. The Gondola service at Mammoth Mountain gives you the option to ride round trip, or to ride only one way and take the gorgeous hike back down the mountain. You can buy tickets online before you go, and receive a discount for planning ahead! BONUS: There are learning centers available for kids and two kids under the age of 12 can ride for FREE with a paid adult ticket.
After your adventurous days you are ready to enjoy an amazing meal! Mammoth Lakes is ready to feed your soul.
A few fine dining suggestions:
This is not the huge suburban outlet mall you have seen before. Mammoth Luxury Outlets presents the fine outlet shops you expect such as Polo Ralph Lauren and Bass, but in a ski lodge inspired structure that also offers Mountain Sol Yoga and Black Velvet Coffee & Wine Bar.
Also featured are Maven Bike Shop (for your mountain biking needs), Liberty Sports Bar & Grill, and a Farmer's Market every Wednesday! This is a unique outlet experience in the mountain culture you want. Visit their directory for a current list of shops and dining available in this convenient, one-stop-shop!