Mammoth Lakes is one of central California's top year-round destinations for mountain sports, and we have some of the best Mammoth Lakes cabins in the area! Whether you're planning to hit the winter powder at the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area or explore the awesome surrounding wilderness peaks on foot or mountain bike, our ever-growing selection of Mammoth Lakes vacation rentals offers a cozy yet spacious spot to curl up after a day of mountain play.
Things to Do in Mammoth Lakes, CA
The city of Mammoth Lakes is small, with less than 10,000 permanent residents, but it has all the basic shopping and dining amenities you might need for a relaxing stay. Surrounded by mountain peaks, and with the outdoor majesty of Yosemite National Park just 45 minutes away, there are endless opportunities for adventure around Mammoth Lakes. From skiing and snowboarding to hiking, mountain climbing, mountain biking, high-altitude running, fishing, birding, geocaching and mountaineering - the list goes on! After a good workout in the great outdoors, head to Benton's natural hot springs to unwind in the hot water.
Hikes near Mammoth Lakes, CA
Make the short hike to the Devils Postpile National Monument and marvel at the hexagonal basalt columns. The trail is easy and ideal for children who aren't up for longer walks. Bring along a camera, since lovely Rainbow Falls just begs to be photographed. For another easy hike, take the walking trail around Convict Lake and appreciate the backdrop of the beautiful mountains. While you're at Convict Lake you can swim or rent a boat, if you feel like it. For a more challenging hike, try the Crystal Lake Trail and enjoy the stunning views.
Food and Drink in Mammoth Lakes, CA
There are plenty of excellent dining options in Mammoth Lakes. Base Camp Cafe has a great selection of burgers and sandwiches and a fun atmosphere created by its mountaineering memorabilia. Head to Mammoth Brewing Company and the Eatery for a seasonal craft beer, delicious food, and majestic mountain views. For somewhere a bit more formal, the Mogul Restaurant is popular. Serving steaks, seafood, and more, at the Mogul the servers cook your meal. Definitely visit the Mogul at least once for happy hour, as well.
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area
The area's biggest draw is the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, a world-class snow sports resort that boasts a rare 22-foot half pipe that draws pro snowboarders from around the world. But Mammoth Mountain appeals to all levels of skiers and snowboarders, not just the pros, so there are parks for every member of the family, from the beginner to the expert. Skiers and snowboarders will find plenty of options for every level, plus areas for cross-country skiing and tubing, guided snowmobile adventures, snowcat tours, and scenic gondola rides to 11,000 feet for 360-degree views of the Sierra Nevadas!
If you're looking for lodging in the area, skip the hotels and book one of our homey Mammoth Lakes condos - the true way to live like a local and experience the breathtaking beauty and adventure of the High Sierras.