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The town of Mammoth Lakes is located right in the heart of eastern California at the base of Mount Morrison. It is known for its picturesque mountain village as well as for its proximity to a host of outdoor recreational opportunities that travelers can take advantage of. In the comforts of your Mammoth Lakes vacation home, you may enjoy extra amenities such as a fireplace, a hot tub or a deck with mountain or village views. With so much to see and do in Mammoth Lakes, you will appreciate the charms of your vacation house on your trip when you are not out and about exploring the wonderful natural opportunities of the area.
Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort is a top draw for those who stay in a Mammoth Lakes vacation home during the winter months. There are a total 151 trails that you can ski on, and these are rated for all skill levels from beginner to expert. Altogether, there are 28 operational lifts for your convenience. In addition to skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling are popular activities to enjoy here in the winter. In the summer months, the resort provides opportunities for gondola rides and a tube ride. There are also bowling and indoor golf options available throughout the entire year.
Mammoth Lakes is an outdoor enthusiast's heaven, providing you with proximity to two popular national parks to explore. From your High Sierra vacation home, you will be just a short drive from Yosemite National Park and Death Valley National Park. There are also other areas, including national forests, rivers, lakes and mountain peaks to explore on trails and roadways as well. Whether you prefer to take leisurely strolls or intense rides, you can enjoy miles of hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and more in the area.
Whether you want to shop for a few souvenirs, fine artwork or something in between, you can find the perfect shops in Mammoth Lakes. The Mammoth Luxury Outlets is by far one of the largest modern retail centers in the area, and the Village in the downtown area provides a more quaint shopping experience with small boutique-style shops. Everything from the Bass Shoe Outlet to Another T-Shirt Shop and A Frame Fine Wine and Spirits are in the area.
The elevation in Mammoth Lakes is 7,884 feet, and the peak of the ski resort is considerably higher. With its high elevation, the town has a dry summer humid continental climate. It is known for having short yet warm and dry summers as well as long, very cold winters with ample snowfall. Snowfall is common in the town, and the city typically receives approximately 206 inches from December through March each year. Total rainfall for the year is approximately 22 inches. The average high in the summer months is in the 80s and low 90s while the average high in the winter months is in the teens.
There are several methods available for reaching Mammoth Lakes. Many will fly into the major airports in Sacramento or San Francisco, and they will rent a car to travel the rest of the way. Amtrak trains also run into the San Francisco and wine country areas, and rental cars available from that point on. You can connect to Highway 395 in eastern California. Then, turn west onto Route 203 to reach the city and ski resort. There are no major connecting interstate highways, so you will need to take a series of smaller connecting roads and highways to reach Highway 395.