Welcome to Mammoth Lakes, California!
Mammoth Lakes is a beautiful place to visit but an even better place to live. Although we are known for our world-renowned ski resort, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, many people are still unaware of this gem in the middle of the Inyo National Forest in the Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains. Summers are just as enjoyable with activities including camping, fishing, hiking, mountain biking and wildlife observation.
At an elevation of 7,800′, the Town of Mammoth Lakes occupies a special place both within the history and geography of California. the residents are primarily strong-spirited, independent men and women who have chosen to leave behind their urban lifestyles to experience the finest in recreational opportunities here. We believe we live in the best place in the world.
Approximately 8,000 people reside in the Mammoth Lakes area year-round. During peak season, the population can increase to 35,000 or more on busy weekends.
In the summer, temperatures average 75-80 degrees for a high and seldom dip below 40 for a low. Winter temperatures range from 10-40 degrees with mostly sunny skies. Based on figures compiled for more than 20 years, snowfall at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area averages 335 inches annually.
Location & Geography
Mammoth Lakes is located in the Inyo National Forest, Mammoth Ranger District. The Town is surrounded by acres of forest and is bordered by the Ansel Adams and John Muir Wilderness Areas. Yosemite National Park’s eastern entrance is located just 32 miles north of town and it’s a short 100-mile drive to the valley floor.
Mammoth’s geographic location, nearly equidistant from the major population centers of the south (San Diego about 400 miles, Los Angeles, 300 miles), the north (Reno about 150 miles), and the west (San Francisco, 300 miles) makes it a natural nucleus for winter and summer activities.
In spite of its marked change of seasons and prodigious snowfall, Mammoth’s semi-arid mountain climate is unusually mild for an alpine region. The Mammoth Sierra fall is typified by a change of color in the deciduous flora, with the season’s first breeze usually occurring by late September. Often, a lovely Indian Summer will follow, which may extend into the month of November.
Town History of Mammoth Lakes
The evolution of Mammoth Mountain and the town of Mammoth Lakes is one diverse in background and history. From early settlers looking for riches in the form of gold, to spanning thousands of years back where volcanic eruptions formed the area out of molten rock.Occupying only a speck on this far reaching timeline but still a monumental moment, Mammoth Mountain celebrated its 50th anniversary during the 2003/04 season. One person’s dream has evolved into a half-century of fun, exhilaration and lasting memories for millions of visitors.