Welcome to Mammoth Lakes, where "no way" is never far away. Majestic in scale and awesome in its natural beauty, the year-round adventureland of Mammoth Lakes is one of those rare places that you have to see to still not totally believe. The name speaks to the size of the mountains, the expanse of the valleys, the incredible number of crystal clear mountain lakes and the endless opportunities for adventure just outside your door. But what makes this place really unique are the surreal storybook scenes that drop jaws, spark the imagination and make every moment feel like a brush with the truly incredible. Start your unreal journey by exploring these immersive 360-degree videos. Below you'll find even more things to do and places to explore.
The fun never stops at The Village at Mammoth. Summer temperatures are just about perfect for renting a mountain bike, shopping at some of Mammoth Lakes' retail hot spots, or letting the kids play in a giant sandbox while sipping a drink on one of the many restaurant patios. Movie nights and outdoor concerts light up the outdoor area when the sun goes down.
Watch classic movies on the outdoor screen in The Village at Mammoth every Thursday and Saturday from mid-June to early-September at The Village at Mammoth Movie Series .
The Village Summer Jam at the Village at Mammoth has great food, great music and great times. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Mono Council of the Arts. Mono Arts Council's mission is to facilitate and encourage art appreciation through education, advocacy and art-inspired programs and events.
Mammoth Jazz is all about refreshing, renewing and reinventing jazz in Mammoth Mammoth Lakes. Mammoth Jazzfest is a collaboration of contemporary, fusion, Latin and other genres of jazz music
The little four-square-mile town of Mammoth Lakes is brimming with entrepreneurs and creative minds. Start asking around town, and you'd be surprised just how many Mammoth-made product recommendations you'll get from locals. From beer and spirits to artisan coffee and baked goods, you'll find an array of treats that are perfect for sampling and bringing home as souveniersâ€”all made at altitude in your favorite mountain town.
Since 1995, Mammoth Brewing Company has been brewing beer at altitude in Mammoth Lakes. The brewery and beer garden on the corner of Main Street & Minaret Road is a favorite spot for locals and visitors to rest after a day on the trails or the slopes. Grab a flight or a pint with food from The Eatery (serving lunch and dinner inside the brewery). And be sure to check out the retail section. Growlers, bottles and Mammoth bear cans make great gifts or souvenirs.
Black Doubt Brewing Company is the first true nano-brewery in Mammoth Lakes. All of the beers are brewed by hand, 100 gallons at a time. With 13 rotating taps, you'll likely find new beers to try every time you visit. Plus, Black Doubt Brewing Company offers multiple sizes of to-go options so you can take a bit of Mammoth Lakes home with you.
Located in the Village at Mammoth, Shelter Distilling creates innovative, progressive spirits at 8,000 feet. Choose from a menu of craft cocktails, wine and beer (all brewed/distilled in-house) plus small plates. It's the perfect spot for a pre-dinner drink if you have dinner plans in The Village at Mammoth or to unwind after a day of adventure.
Step off the beaten path at the family-owned and operated Devils Creek Distillery . This new addition to the Mammoth Lakes spirit scene offers barrel-aged spirits, handcrafted on site from start to finish. Head to the tasting room to sample bourbon whiskey, aged the old-fashioned way, and rum, aged and then finished in California wine barrels. The tasting room will be open from 2-5:30pm before and after Thanksgiving Day.
If you're looking for farmstead cheeses, grass-fed and wild game meats, sustainable seafood, boutique wines and craft beers or freshly baked artisan bread, the market at Bleu Handcrafted Foods has you covered. Stop in for a grab-n-go lunch or enjoy table service, beers on tap and an extensive wine list at the restaurant.
Dessert'D Organic Bake Shop has been baking organic desserts from scratch in Mammoth Lakes for over seven years. Treat yourself to a famous pie in a jar, cookies, pies, cakes, cupcakes, ice cream, old-fashioned hot cocoa and more. And browse our unique kitchen accessories while you enjoy a sweet indulgence.
Mammoth Fun Shop playfully combines a nostalgic toy and game store with a classic ice cream shop creating a magic world to laugh and enjoy the cozier side of a mountain getaway. After a day on the hill or in the backcountry, Mammoth Fun Shop's made-from-scratch hand pies and hot beverage selection are the perfect treats. Plus families always enjoy the chance to break out one of the many demo games in the shop.
Shea Schat's Bakery has a long-standing tradition of freshly baked bread in the Eastern Sierra. In addition to the famous sheepherder loaf, the bakery also offers also has cheese bread, onion bread and jalapeno cheese bread, just to name a few. There are also delicious homemade sandwiches, yummy cookies, pastries, donuts and apple strudel. We even have fresh-squeezed orange juice at our full-service bakery!
Black Velvet Coffee pours only high-quality, organic, Rainforest Alliance and Fair Trade coffees, roasted with excellence. Every pour over is a work of art and part of the greater Black Velvet Coffee experience. The coffee shop also has a wine bar, where you can treat yourself to a glass (or maybe two) and a cheese plate.
Stellar Brew & Natural Cafe is locally grown, owned and operated. The coffee shop and cafe operate under the belief that what you put in your body is essential to your happiness, which in turn affects the happiness of those around you. You'll only find fresh, all-natural, and when possible, locally-sourced foods here.
Looney Bean has been roasting coffee in the Eastern Sierra since 1992. The Mammoth Lakes location offers gourmet teas, frozen drinks, smoothies, baked goods and, of course, coffee. Have a cup of local coffee inside or take a bag home with you. Or if you don't have room in your suitcase for a souvenir, Looney Bean will also ship coffee to your home.
New to the Mammoth Lakes health food scene, Elixir Superfood & Juice is a great option for grab-n-go cold-pressed juice, smoothies and grain and salad bowls. The restaurant also offers kid-friendly options for healthy kids on the go.
Adventure is available year-round in Mammoth Lakes. In fact, there is a lot of debate about which season is best. During winter you can ski and snowboard Mammoth Mountain or take off into the wilderness on your cross country skis. When spring hits, you can ski and also celebrate the fishing opener in the same day. The summer melts away the snow, opening roads to Devils Postpile National Monument, 101-foot Rainbow Falls and the gateway to Yosemite National Park. Some claim autumn is the best season because you get all of the sightseeing of summer PLUS spectacular fall colors and fewer visitors. No matter what time of year you visit, there are plenty of things to do in Mammoth Lakes.
Which season will you choose?