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Where else can you play a round of golf in the morning and take a Gondola Ride to 11,000 feet to share in the spectacular views? In Mammoth Lakes of course!
Below are nine great activities that you can do any fall day around the area.
- Go fishing – anglers will tell you that fall is their favorite time of year to fish in the Eastern Sierra. Fishing in fall is phenomenal! Try Twin Lakes, Lake Mary and Lake Mamie from the shore or by boat.
- Go for a hike – hiking in and around Mammoth Lakes are sure to get you some great viewing spots.
- See the fall colors at June Lake – Take Highway 395 north to the June Lake Loop, Highway 158. The 16-mile road passes through town, winds its way around the lakes and through alpine canyons. Enjoy the scenic overlook at Oh Ridge. Continue around the lake past Gull Lake to Silver Lake, which is sure to offer a color spectacle in the fall.
- Play a round of golf – Pick up the Fall Unlimited Play Pass for Sierra Star Golf Course and you’ll be playing in the fall foliage every day.
- See the falls at Reds Meadow and Devil’s Postpile – $10 per car to drive directly to the trailheads. Parking lots fill up by 11am, so be sure to get there early, or go later after 2pm.
- Enjoy the Autumn Beer Fest at June Lake – crafts, craft brewers, stunning views and fall foliage at Gull Lake are sure to impress.
- Gondola Rides for spectacular views – what better way to see the views than from 11,000 feet. Take a ride, enjoy the once in a lifetime view, at least if you’re visiting.
- Watch the sunset at Minaret Vista – grab a snack box of gourmet items at Bleu Handcrafted Foods and head up to 9,265 feet and watch the amazing views as the sun sets.
- Kayak on Lake Mary – paddle around the perimeter of the lake where you’ll see Crystal Crag towering high above the Mammoth Crest, and the fisherman along the shore.
Fall in the Eastern Sierra is amazing — the colors are to die for. If you haven’t had the chance to explore yet, we’re giving you a helping hand. Below is the Eastern Sierra Fall Color Guide and where to go for the best colors.
eastern sierra fall color guide
Labor Day is upon us, some kids have gone back to school, others are preparing to.
With one last burst of Summer fun, here are some of the events going on in and around Mammoth Lakes this weekend:
Mammoth Rock n Rye
As part of Outside on the Eastside – a colorful fall celebration of arts, culture and recreation – Mammoth Rock n Rye is three days of free live music, two tastings, 30 distilleries, 15 craft breweries and endless fun. Rock out to some of the nation’s finest Americana music for free in the beautiful Eastern Sierra.
Buy Your Tasting Ticket!
One Day – $50
Two Day – $85
VIP Reserve – $120
Just want to listen to music and hang out in the Village at Mammoth? That’s FREE!
Exit Laughing at Edison Theatre
As part of Outside on the Eastside — a colorful fall celebration of arts, culture and recreation — Exit Laughing is a theatre production written by Paul Elliot and directed by Juliana Olinka. The Golden Girls meets Magic Mike in this heartfelt, laugh-out-loud comedy about life and death. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $18 for seniors and students, and $10 for children and starts at 7 pm.
Cam Zink Ride MTB Ride Session at MMSA
With an impressive list of wins and accomplishments in the mountain biking world, Cam Zink is no stranger to the dirt. Spend a weekend hitting the trails of Mammoth Mountain’s famed bike park with personalized coaching from Cam himself. Improve your skills with one of the most down to earth, knowledgeable riders and spend some time on the USA Cycling Nationals Dual Slalom Course.
Bike Park ticket or pass and own equipment is required. Rental equipment is available from the Adventure Center at Main Lodge. Must be an experienced intermediate to advanced downhill mountain bike rider to participate. Space is limited to 20 riders – sign up early.
CALL 800.MAMMOTH TO SIGN UP
Minaret Vista Instameet
Join the Visit Mammoth team, locals, visitors and everything in between to shoot photos with people that share the same passion. Making friends and being creative is what it’s all about. We’ll be shooting photos of the sunset over the Minarets and then diving into night sky photography. The fun starts at 5:30 pm and continues until 9:30 pm. It’s a new moon, so the stargazing and photo opportunities will be exceptional. This Instameet is free and open to everyone! Bring warm layers.
The Village at Mammoth Summer Movie Series
This is your last chance! Take your favorite blanket and grab a chair in The Village this Thursday for a fun movie under the Sierra sky. The movie will be viewed on a large outdoor screen in the plaza, showtime just after sunset.
This Week’s Movie: Star Wars The Force Awakens
Mammoth Market Sidewalk Sale
Check out sidewalk sales from many businesses in Mammoth Lakes during three weekends of the year – Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day. These are the only weekends of the year to catch sales like these, so keep an eye out for them and steal some sweet deals on your Mammoth Lakes vacation!
Labor Day Festival of the Arts
As part of Outside on the Eastside, Mono Arts Council presents the Annual Labor Day Festival of the Arts held in the unique forest setting of Sam’s Wood Site. Set high among the pines, this world class festival provides fairgoers a beautiful viewing and buying experience.
Join a local naturalist for a free, fun, family-friendly evening program on topics ranging from Eastern Sierra wildlife to the night sky. Program begins at 7 pm and all are welcome to this free 1-hour event!
Park in the lower parking lot at the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center (a California Welcome Center) at 2510 Main Street. Follow the wide dirt trail to the New Shady Rest Campground Amphitheater.
Woolly’s Summer Saturdays
Join Woolly for his last Summer Saturday with a bike ride down the Discovery Trail followed by family fun at the Adventure Center. After the bike ride, Woolly will hang out for face painting and a frozen summer treat. Woolly’s Summer Saturdays is for kids of all ages.
12:45 pm – Meet Woolly at the bottom of Discovery Chair 11 for the ride. A ticket is required to participate in the ride. Each child receives a bike race plate for the ride and medal afterwards.
1 pm – Ride with Woolly
1 pm – Face painting, balloons and frozen treats at the Adventure Center
2 pm – Farewell to Woolly
Live Music at the Adventure Center
Go chill on the grass of the Adventure Center at Main Lodge for some mountain views and afternoon tunes from Ryan Hiller on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Let the kids loose on the climbing wall, zipline and Eurobungy or grab a bite at the outdoor deck at the Yodler restaurant and bar.
Mono Lake Canoe Tours
The Mono Lake Committee leads guided canoe tours on Mono Lake on Saturdays and Sundays from late June through Labor Day weekend. Meet at Navy Beach Road Lee Vining, CA 93541. Tours begin at 8, 9, and 11 am and last about one hour. The $25 tour is an amazing way to get up close and personal with the iconic Tufa Towers.
Ambush at the Lake: Fall Fishing Derby
As part of Outside on the Eastside, the Ambush at the Lake fishing derby costs $15 to enter and includes a commemorative pin and a chance to win. Competition runs sunrise to sunset, and all fish caught 14 inches or longer are eligible to be registered. Each person with a registered fish will be entered into the prize drawing for the derby. Prize winners will be posted within 30 days of the last day of the derby.
How much more exciting could things get here in Mammoth Lakes?
According to Josh from Mammoth Lakes:
Mammoth Mountain has just announced that they will stay open for top to bottom skiing until July 4th! Take advantage of the awesome weather this month and ski, bike, golf in the same epic day. Ski on amazing spring snow in the morning then hop on your mountain bike in the afternoon for the ultimate mammoth day.
The month of June is the perfect time to adventure in the mountains. Use Mammoth Lakes as your base camp and take a trip to one of the stunning national parks and scenic hotspots close by. Access to Yosemite National Park is now available and Bodie State Historic Park is open and ready to give you a true wild west experience. Mono Lake and the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest are also close by.
Longer days mean more fun in the sun enjoying the wildflower bloom while hiking or hanging out at some of the best events in California. Don’t miss events like the action packed Monster Energy Motocross and the premiere Mammoth Half Marathon and 5K. June has also been dubbed as “Learn to Fish” month, so it’s time to get out on the water and cast a line for the first time.
If that’s not enough to keep you here or make you want to come for the summer, I don’t know what will.
Come on and enjoy the festivities with us!
The Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) will be stocking Mono County for the first time this season next week and they’ll continue to stock weekly until the end of the season. The DFW will be planting over 600k pounds this year in the Eastern Sierra!
May 1 – June 16: “Round-up at the Lake” Spring Fishing Derby
May 27 – June 27:Crowley Lake Perch Derby
June 3 – 5: “Hangman’s Bonus Derby” Convict Lake
June 20-21: Fred Hall Father’s Day Fishing Tournament
Find more events at VisitMammoth.com/Events
Where To Fish:
Towards the end of last season, 400 pounds of beautiful fish were stocked in Twin Lakes. Those fish are up there waiting to feed on what you have to offer them. Head out early in the morning and launch your float tube to secure the best spots on the lake. Dress warmly but remember you can always take a quick break and pop into Tamarack Lodge for a hot coffee and snack.
Crowley Lake is considered one of the best still water trout fisheries in the country, and it’s for good reason. Hire a guide, take a boat out and have an incredible experience fishing Crowley Lake all while taking in the beauty that surrounds.
The longest river in the Eastern Sierra is also the most famous: the Owens. While folks have been fighting over the rights to the water for generations, people have been fishing here even longer. The Upper stretch of the Owens River is a popular spot to fish for a tackle box full of reasons.
Convict Lake has completely thawed and water levels are considerably high. The boats have been detailed and are ready for you to buzz them out to the deepest parts of the lake in search for that big ol’ trout. Stop by the Convict Lake general store and fill up on snacks and goodies before your long day out on the water.
Wouldn’t you know Mother Nature is still surprising us!
For a little while longer, you can still ski, fishing season is opening, and bike all the beautiful trails in and around Mammoth Lakes!
Scroll down this page to see all the events happening in May: http://www.visitmammoth.com/events.
Weather Forecast for the remainder of the week:
Thursday Rain and snow showers likely, mainly after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming southeast in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
Thursday Night Rain and snow showers likely before 11pm, then a chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.
Friday Snow showers likely. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 49. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Friday Night Snow showers likely. Some thunder is also possible. Cloudy, with a low around 33.
Saturday Snow showers likely before 11am, then rain and snow showers likely. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 51.
Saturday Night Rain and snow showers likely. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35.
Sunday Rain and snow showers likely. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 53.
Sunday Night A chance of rain and snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35.
For the most up-to-date snow information, visit: http://www.mammothmountain.com/winter/ski-ride/mountain-information
Don’t forget to plan your Memorial Day activities in Mammoth.
See you around town!
The brand new 2016 Mono County Visitors Guide is out!
There is so much to tell you about California’s Eastern Sierra that they had to expand the Mono County Visitor Guide by an additional 16 pages with great new content!
Check out the new Trip Itineraries to make sure you see the highlights!
They also added top spots for wildflower viewing, additional fishing tips, wedding and group event ideas, and information on Mono County’s museums and cool historic sites.
Be sure to check it out here, and download your own copy.
Have I said lately how much I LOVE living in Mammoth Lakes! There are so many fun things to do — actually so many it is often difficult to decide which one to chose!
One of my favorite activities is the annual Night of Lights put on by Mammoth Lakes. My friend took this video and it is a great short clip of of Night of Lights 2015. Night of Lights 2015
If you have never been before, imagine lots of snow, music, fireworks, skiers with light/fire, fat tire bikes with lights and so much more! Thank you Mammoth Mountain!
Put this on this even on your 2016 calendar….see you there!
More snow is coming! A Winter Storm Warning will be in effect Thursday morning thru Friday morning, with hopefully 1-2 feet of fresh powder on the hill. Mammoth Mountain has great conditions, for all you skiers and shredders, with 14 lifts currently running and about 80 trails of terrain available, including three Terrain Parks, with tons of fun features! Tamarack X-Country Ski Center is open, with 12-14km of groomed trails. June Mountain opens this Saturday, 12/12!
Projected Opening Day for June Mountain
Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra Island Extravaganza
The Village at Mammoth Holiday Festivities
Night of Lights
- December 12, 2015
- Times: 6pm-11pm
- Admission: $70
- Location: Canyon Lodge
- Venue: Canyon Lodge
- Canyon Blvd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
A Mardi Gras party like no other to benefit Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra Tickets are $70.00 including dinner and a raffle ticket. Dinner, dancing, raffle, silent auction.
- December 12, 2015
- Location: June Mountain Ski Area
- 1 Boulder Drive, June Lake, CA 93529
Opening day ceremony, afternoon toast and bonfire at the Chalet.
- December 13, 2015
- Location: Mammoth Mountain Ski Area
- Venue: Mammoth Mountain Ski Area
- 10001 Minaret Rd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Series events open to all ski/snowboarders of all levels and ages.
- December 18, 2015 to December 31, 2015 (Recurring daily)
- Recurring daily
- Location: Village at Mammoth
- Venue: Village at Mammoth Neighborhood Company
- 6201 Minaret Rd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
December 18, 19, & 20 3:30pm – 5:30pm – Pictures and Christmas wishes with Santa and Woolly in Santa’s World, music by DJ Mash Up in the plaza, piano Christmas karaoke in the yard, and live ent…
- December 19, 2015
- Times: 4:30pm – 8:00pm
- Admission: Free
- Location: Canyon Lodge
- Venue: Canyon Lodge
- Canyon Blvd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Celebrate the magic of the holiday season with a one-of-a-kind evening at Canyon Lodge. A fun-filled night for all ages with live music, a firework show, torchlight parade and more. Event Schedule …
Sources: mammothweb.com and visitmammoth.com/events
Mammoth Lakes Trail System is not just for non-winter months. There is so much to do on the Trails in Winter we thought we’d tell you a little about some of the unique activities going on!
From snowshoeing to sledding to erecting snow sculptures and snowball fights, Mammoth Lakes Trail System has you covered.
Shady Rest, Mammoth Creek Park and winter staging at Sherwin Creek Road are all popular places ready for your family and friends for all your snow activities.
Check out the links below to find just where to go, and all the outdoor equipment needed, required, and suggested for all your outdoor fun!
Mammoth Lakes Basin: http://www.mammothtrails.org/experience/153/snowplay-in-the-mammoth-lakes-basin/
Mammoth Scenic Loop: http://www.mammothtrails.org/experience/154/snowplay-from-the-mammoth-scenic-loop/
Shady Rest Park: http://www.mammothtrails.org/experience/155/snowplay-at-shady-rest-park/
Don’t forget to stay covered up and drink plenty of water!