Things to Do in Mammoth Lakes
Enjoy easy access to the best things to do in Mammoth Lakes when you stay at the Westin Monache Resort, Mammoth.
Deep in the heart of California's Sierra Nevada mountain range lies the charming community of Mammoth Lakes, home to one of the world's premier ski resorts, Mammoth Mountain. At the head of the resort village, just steps from The Village Gondola, sits The Westin Monache Resort, Mammoth - perfectly situated for enjoying the region's many pleasures. Our concierge and staff at the village Adventure Center can offer advice and make arrangements to help you explore the top things to do in Mammoth Lakes and get the most out of your visit to this inspiring destination. Don't hesitate to contact our concierge team for assistance. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-760-934-0400.
Weekends last longer at Westin with great local attractions to discover. Find and experience the best-kept secrets near your hotel with a collection of local experiences curated especially for Westin guests.
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area
Mammoth Mountain is one of the finest alpine skiing mountains in the world. With an average of 400 inches (33 feet) of snow a year, 3100 vertical feet, and 3,500 acres of skiable terrain, Mammoth lives up to it's name. Choose from heart-pumping steep chutes, wide open bowls, tree skiing, bumps, gullies, or well groomed trails. Mammoth Mountain's terrain parks have consistently been ranked among the top parks in North America. Mammoth Mountain boasts one of the longest ski seasons, and is typically open for skiing from November through June.
Devils Postpile National Monument protects and preserves the Devils Postpile formation, the 101-foot high Rainbow Falls, and pristine mountain scenery. The formation is a rare sight in the geologic world and ranks as one of the world's finest examples of columnar basalt. Its columns tower 60 feet high and display an unusual symmetry. Not only does the Monument preserve and protect the fascinating formation of the Postpile, but it also serves as a portal to the sublime High Sierra backcountry. Over 90% of the Monument is designated as wilderness. Both the John Muir and the Pacific Crest Trails pass through the Monument. A myriad of day-hikes and overnight trips originate from the Monument's trailhead.
Mammoth Yosemite Airport
Horizon Air® has announced expanded air service to Mammoth offering direct flights to Mammoth Lakes from numerous cities depending on time of year. The Mammoth Yosemite Airport (MMH) is located a short 10 minutes or 6 miles (9.7 km) from Mammoth Lakes on US HWY 395. The Mammoth Yosemite Airport is owned and operated by the Town of Mammoth Lakes. The Westin Monache Resort, Mammoth provides hotel guests complimentary airport shuttle service.
Mammoth Mountain Bike Park
Get ready for Mammoth's 70-plus miles of single-track dirt trails. From expansive vistas and pine tree corridors to freeride and downhill trails - Mammoth's Bike Park has something for everyone. Whether you're looking for a scenic, two-wheeled stroll, or want to break the land speed record while descending 3,000 feet from Mammoth's summit, the Mammoth Mountain Bike Park has a trail just for you.
Temperate temperatures and terrific terrain make the Mammoth Lakes area the ideal biking destination. For road bikers, smooth asphalt roads with minimal traffic and awe-inspiring views make this a cycling paradise.
Mammoth Summer Scenic Gondola
Ride Mammoth Mountain's scenic gondola to the Top of the Sierra. Explore the Eastern Sierra at the first interpretive center of its kind at 11,053 feet. The Top of the Sierra is located in the Gondola building on Mammoth Mountain's summit.
Volcom Brother's Skate Park of Mammoth
The 40,000 square foot skate park offers super smooth concrete with a giant cradle, a Burnside wall, lumps, humps, a big bowl, a love seat, plus several transfers and transitions.
Situated at the base of Mount Morrison, the deep blue waters of Convict Lake invite you to enjoy a leisurely picnic or stroll along the lakeside trail. The epitome of peacefulness today, Convict Lake got its name from an incident that was nothing but peaceful. In 1871, six inmates from a Nevada prison escaped here, and eventually battled their way out with a shootout, ultimately giving Convict Lake its name. Today visitors escape to Convict Lake for fishing, horseback riding, hiking, camping and to enjoy fine dining at the Convict Lake Restaurant.
One of the oldest lakes in the western hemisphere, Mono Lake is hauntingly beautiful, reflecting the snow-capped Sierra Nevada in its shimmering blue waters. An immense inland sea, the lake fills a natural basin, 695 square miles in size. The most distinctive feature at Mono Lake is its eerie tufa towers-mineral structures created when fresh-water springs bubble up through the alkaline waters of the lake. The lake's salty water not only makes you float like a cork, but sustains trillions of brine shrimp, attracting millions of migratory birds to feast on them. The Mono Lake Tufa State Reserve was established to preserve the spectacular tufa towers.
Bodie Ghost Town
Bodie State Historic Park is a genuine California gold-mining ghost town. Visitors can walk down the deserted streets of a town that once had a population of 10,000 people. Today what remains of the town survives preserved in a state of "arrested decay." Interiors remain as they were left and stocked with goods. Bodie was designated as a National Historic Site and a State Historic Park in 1962. The park also has a visitor center and museum. Open Summer 8am-7pm, rest of the year 8am-4pm.
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park, one of the first wilderness parks in the United States, is best known for its waterfalls. But within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more. Mono County is the eastern gateway to Yosemite National park, via highway 120, Tioga Pass, just outside of the town of Lee Vining, CA. From The Westin in Mammoth Lakes the east gateway to Yosemite National Park is a 45 minute drive. Many travelers choose this approach to Yosemite because of the impressive views of the Eastern Sierra's escarpment, or because they are coming from or traveling to Death Valley, the Grand Canyon or Nevada. However, please note that Yosemite's east entrance is open dependably only from June through October, due to heavy winter snows. Travelers are advised to call 209-372-0200 (press 1 then 1) for Yosemite road conditions.
From Mammoth Lakes, travelling north on US HWY 395, the Tioga Pass (CA-120E) winds up to Yosemite's east entrance and one of the national park's greatest wonders, Tuolumne Meadows. This is the largest sub-alpine meadow in the Sierra, at an elevation of approximately 8,600 feet (2600 m). Glacier-carved sawtooth peaks rise thousands of feet above wildflower-carpeted meadows and meandering streams. Black bear, mule deer, mountain lions, golden trout (the state fish of California) and Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep inhabit the area.
Yosemite Valley is a 2 hour drive from Mammoth Lakes, and well worth the trip. Several of the world's tallest waterfalls drop into this deep, glacier-carved, u-shaped valley (best seen in early summer). The massive monoliths Half Dome, El Capitan and Sentinel Rock are among many impressive geologic features of Yosemite Valley. Look up with binoculars to see tiny rock climbers up high on their granite faces. Photographs of these wonders by Ansel Adams popularized Yosemite and helped establish landscape photography as an art form. The Ansel Adams Gallery, in Yosemite Valley, is a must stop for anyone who appreciates nature and fine art. Visitor centers at Tuolumne Meadows and in Yosemite Valley help explain the forces that created Yosemite National Park.
June Mountain Ski Area is often referred to as California's best-kept secret. Locals flock to June on powder days for it's steep chutes and powder filled tree runs. Families love June's wide open cruiser runs, perfect for beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders. June offers ski school lessons, equipment rentals, and clothing and equipments sales at the June Mountain Sports Shop. The Chalet Cafe serves breakfast and lunch, and sandwiches and soups are available up at the "Stewpot Slim's" day lodge at the base of Chair #7. In the afternoons, for Apres' enjoyment, try your favorite hot or cold beverage at the famous Antler Bar in the Chalet.
John Muir Wilderness
The John Muir Wilderness covers 584,000 acres in the Sierra and Inyo National Forests. It was increased by 81,000 acres in the California Wilderness Act. The John Muir extends along the crest of the Sierra Nevada from Mammoth Lakes southeastward for a distance of about 30 miles then forks around the boundary of Kings Canyon National Park to the Crown Valley and Mt. Whitney regions. It is one of the most heavily visited wildernesses in the nation. This is a land of snow-capped mountains with hundreds of lakes and streams and beautiful meadows. Elevations range from 4,000 feet to 14,496 at Mount Whitney and many peaks are above 13,000 feet. Lower elevations slopes are covered with stands of Jeffrey Pine, incense cedar, white and red fir and lodgepole pine. The higher elevations are barren granite with many glacially carved lakes.
Ansel Adams Wilderness
Adjacent to and just west of Mammoth Lakes, Ansel Adams Wilderness extends from Highway 120 in the north to Lake Thomas Edison in the south and contains 228,500 acres of wilderness, including much of the John Muir Trail. In addition, Devils Postpile National Monument, though not wilderness, is centered in the Ansel Adams. Its name was changed from Minarets Wilderness in 1984 to honor the famous photographer and environmentalist Ansel Adams. The Wilderness is characterized by spectacular alpine scenery with barren granite peaks, steep-walled gorges and rock outcroppings. Elevations range from 3,500 feet to 13,157 feet and there are several small glaciers on the north and northeast facing slopes of the highest peaks. There are also a number of fairly large lakes on the eastern slope of the precipitous Ritter Range. The Ansel Adams Wilderness contains the headwaters of the North and Middle Forks of the San Joaquin River.
Village at Mammoth
The Westin Monache Resort, Mammoth is located in The Village at Mammoth, a vibrant hub of activity connecting people to the mountain, the region, and each other. The Village at Mammoth's design includes year-round activities and attractions, plus great shopping, fine restaurants, vibrant nightlife, and special events. And thanks to the new Ski Back Trail, for the first time guests will practically ski and snowboard right to The Village from the mountain.
Fishing, boat rentals, seasonal watersports and wintering bald eagles and waterfowl make Crowley Lake popular with anglers, water skiers, and bird watchers alike. It was here about 700,000 years ago that massive volcanic eruptions flattened a volcano and sent hot ash and debris pouring down to the Owen's Valley. In more recent times the area was a vast meadowland, until 1941 when the City of Los Angeles built the Long Valley Dam and created Crowley Lake. Today Crowley Lake is the focal point of Mono County's fishing season opening day, and its marina stays busy from late spring into fall.
Tucked away at the base of 10,909-ft Carson Peak, the scenic 14 mile June Lake Loop is a mountain hideaway. The area has been attracting outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers dating back to Hollywood's discovery of June Lake in the 1920's.
Bring a mammoth sized appetite for year-round recreation and adventure. Known for legendary skiing and snowboarding, Mammoth is just as popular in the summer, with great trout fishing, mountain biking, hiking, camping, golf, and horseback riding. Jazz, blues and arts festivals fill the summer events schedule. Don't Miss Mammoth Sites! Sightseeing in the Mammoth area includes Devil's Postpile National Monument, Rainbow Falls, Minaret Vista, historic mine sites and museums. Don't miss a scenic ride to the top of Mammoth Mountain's 11,053 summit and the new Top of the Sierra Interpretive Center. Stop by the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center at the entrance of town for maps and information.
California's Eastern Sierra
The Westin Monache Resort, Mammoth is located in the heart of California's Eastern Sierra. The Eastern Sierra is a land of high plains, dramatic alpine backdrops and clear lakes and streams. Beauty is everywhere. You'll see it in the snowy sawtooth peaks of the Sierra Nevada, in wildflower-carpeted alpine meadows, at jewel-like lakes, surrounded by the fragrance of desert sage, and amid the bizarre tufa towers and millions of birds of Mono Lake. Adventure is everywhere, too. You'll find it exploring the ghost town of Bodie, riding pack animals into the High Sierra, fishing for trophy-sized trout in a cobalt-blue lake, coasting a bike down a mountain, hiking through fall color, and skiing at Mammoth or June Mountain.