Destination guide

Explore the wonder of Mammoth Lakes from cabin rentals

Majestic in scale and abundant in natural beauty, Mammoth Lakes is a rare alpine wonderland with massive peaks, expansive valleys, and crystal-clear mountain lakes that provide endless opportunities for adventure. No matter the season, Mammoth Lakes has an array of activities to suit every traveler, as well as vacation home rentals to handle all of your essential needs.

Things to do

Alpine splendor surrounds vacation homes in Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes is an all-season destination for outdoor adventurers and nature lovers. Cabin rentals can be found close to spectacular outdoor recreation areas like Mammoth Mountain, a lava-dome mountain with ski slopes and warm-weather biking trails, and John Muir Trail, a long-distance trail in the Sierra Nevada range that’s ideal for hiking and biking. The Devils Postpile National Monument, a columnar basalt rock formation, is a scenic location with nature trails, hiking trails, and a waterfall. The Twin Lakes are a pair of picturesque lakes within a serene forest setting, perfect for fishing and watersports.

Activities

Activities and attractions in and around Mammoth Lakes

Are you hoping to discover attractions to visit while you're in the area? Travelers enjoy fun activities like skiing, hiking and snowboarding. Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable vacation rental, you'll want to experience everything that makes Mammoth Lakes a fun place to get away. These are some of the top attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Sierra Star Golf Course (0.7 mi / 1.1 km)
  • Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center (2.6 mi / 4.2 km)
  • Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort (3.3 mi / 5.2 km)
  • June Mountain (10.4 mi / 16.8 km)
Outdoor activities

Must-try outdoor excursions in Mammoth Lakes

Whether you prefer winter or summer, spring or fall, you’ll have a lot of outdoor fun to choose from. In winter, you can ski or snowboard on Mammoth Mountain or explore the wilderness on snowshoes or cross-country skis, and spring combines ideal snow conditions for winter sports with cool waters for fishing and rafting. Once summer hits, hiking, backpacking, biking, kayaking, and paddleboarding in the warm, crystal waters of the lakes and rivers are popular activities, and fall brings the beauty of nature to hikes where you can view vibrant, bold fall foliage. Whatever the season and inclination, you’re sure to find a range of cabin rentals with as much creature comfort as you need and with nature right outside your door.

Weather

Seasonal weather in Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes is well known for its skiing. If you're interested in winter sports, you might consider visiting in January, February, March or April, when snowfall averages 89.48 inches and temperatures average 16°F.

Natural features

Exploring the mountains and other natural features in Mammoth Lakes

Whether you're an active traveler or just want to appreciate the scenery, Mammoth Lakes is a great place to get outside. Here are some of the area’s most eye-catching natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Mammoth Mountain (3.3 mi / 5.3 km)
  • Crystal Lake Trailhead (3.7 mi / 5.9 km)
  • Minaret Vista (4.4 mi / 7.1 km)
  • Devil's Postpile National Monument (6.5 mi / 10.4 km)
  • Rainbow Falls (6.7 mi / 10.8 km)
  • Convict Lake (7.8 mi / 12.6 km)
How to get there

Transportation options to and around Mammoth Lakes

Fly into Mammoth Lakes, CA (MMH-Mammoth Yosemite), the closest airport, located 7.5 mi (12.1 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Bishop, CA (BIH-Eastern Sierra Regional), which is 38.7 mi (62.3 km) away.

Getting around

Transportation in Mammoth Lakes

The Mammoth Yosemite Airport is a short distance from Mammoth Lakes, so it’s easy and affordable to fly into the area. Once there, shuttles, taxis, and rentals cars are available to travel to the destinations in the area. For nearby activities, many travelers choose to walk or bike to and from their summer rental to take in the scenery.

Food and drink

Best cuisine in Mammoth Lakes

After a long day on the slopes or on the lake, you’re likely to work up an appetite. Mammoth Lakes restaurants include brewpub grub, traditional steakhouses, Mexican-Latin fusion recipes, and classic comfort favorites, all sharing the emphasis on local ingredients and bold flavors. Whatever you’re in the mood for, one of the many restaurants, eateries, and pubs in Mammoth Lake can be found near cabin rentals to satisfy your cravings.

Family friendly

Kid-friendly fun near Mammoth Lakes cabin rentals

Mammoth Lakes is a playground for children and adults alike, all within a stunning natural landscape. Enjoy a variety of outdoor activities right outside nearby vacation rentals, including Rainbow Falls, a nature area with glistening, scenic falls, a range of hiking trails, and a lush forest teeming with wildlife. In winter, the June Mountain Ski Area offers family-friendly activities like snow tubing and snowshoeing, as well as ski and snowboard lessons for young children. Hot Creek, a stream with a hot spring and a lake, is a great place for hikes and fishing. The Mammoth Museum at Hayden Cabin, a history museum within a traditional log cabin, offers education about the local history through artifacts and exhibits.

Where to stay around Mammoth Lakes?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,127 vacation rentals near Mammoth Lakes. From 29 Cabins to 1,598 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Mammoth Lakes are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Mammoth Lakes?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Mammoth Lakes:

  • Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort: 2,026 vacation rentals
  • Stonegate: 132 vacation rentals
  • Majestic Pines: 1,132 vacation rentals
  • Woodwinds: 939 vacation rentals
  • Altis: 679 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Mammoth Lakes?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Mammoth Lakes. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Top of the Sierra Interpretive Center: 2,099 vacation rentals
  • Village Gondola: 2,097 vacation rentals
  • Sierra Star Golf Course: 2,097 vacation rentals
  • Eagle Express Ski Lift: 2,099 vacation rentals
  • Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center: 2,097 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Mammoth Lakes listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Mammoth Lakes?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 29 Cabins in Mammoth Lakes. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Mammoth Lakes include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 1,598 rentals available
  • Houses: 234 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 218 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Mammoth Lakes?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,442 vacation rentals with pool available in Mammoth Lakes. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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