Mammoth Lakes is in Mono County, nine miles from Mount Morrison's magnificent 7,880 foot peak. It's California's favourite ski destination, home to brilliant downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and seriously dramatic snowmobiling. But there's more – this is an incredibly sporty place and you can also enjoy hiking, mountain biking, fishing, rock climbing, golf, tennis, horseback riding, swimming, boating and more, all against stunning mountain backdrops.
4.7 million visitors a year can't be wrong: this is a stunning place, incredibly beautiful, incredibly wild.
Up high the atmosphere is thinner with less oxygen and humidity. The UV rays are particularly powerful here, too. If you love camping you'll adore it. The area boasts more than 800 campsites, some tucked in the mountains' shadow and others clinging to the shores of the area's glorious lakes, rushing rivers and creeks.
Awesome skiing and snowboarding through autumn, winter and spring
Visit the slowly decaying, super-spooky Bodie Ghost Town
Sample famously tasty local bacon and craft beers at The Eatery
Experience all three of the above for a full mountain flavour. Good food, great beers and the best winter sports scene in California awaits you.
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The popular tourist town of Mammoth Lakes covers a tiny area of just four square miles. It's a new kid on the block, recently built and dating back to just 1984, but the newness doesn't stop it being a tourist haven of dramatic mountains, sparkling lakes, rushing streams and dense forests.
More than 300 miles of well-marked hiking trails to explore
Family tubing and snowpark fun
The stunning Inyo National Forest and the region's famous autumn colours
You'll discover more than 3,500 acres of epic ski and snowboard terrain. The region enjoys one of the longest skiing seasons on the planet. Add an impressive 300 days of sunshine every single year and you get a totally fantastic winter sports destination, California-style.
Mammoth Lakes' legendary Wildlife Specialist, Steve Searles, is famous for his work with local bears, star of the Animal Planet TV show The Bear Whisperer.
This really is BIG country. It's the legendary stamping ground of Ansel Adams, the famous visionary and nature photographer, expert in wilderness preservation and environmental folk hero, a potent symbol of the American West. The infamous Devils Postpile National Monument is a weird looking hexagonal columnar basalt formation created by a volcanic lava flow 100,00 years ago. It's one of the world's finest examples and towers 60 feet high. And the Rainbow Falls are famous for the multitude of magical rainbows that appear in the fall's mist on sunny summer days.
This is serious wilderness, no messing about. You need to make sure, if you're exploring the vast wilderness and going off piste, that you're properly equipped. Remember to let someone back at base know where you're going and how long you plan to be away. The Ansel Adams and John Muir Wildernesses await you, offering some of the most pristine, remote and empty landscapes in California. Whether you want to spend your days watching wildlife and enjoying wild flowers, seeing the beautiful fall colours, hiking, fishing or just lounging around soaking up the natural drama, Mammoth Lakes is quite simply mind-blowing.
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