You can enjoy everything from heart-pounding mountain bike rides to fly fishing, canoeing/Kayaking, golfing, hiking on peaceful lakes and streams.
The Eastern Sierra is home to a wide variety of birds year-round, while many others migrate through. The birds of the Eastern Sierra offer both the casual and the dedicated birdwatcher a large and diverse population. Nearly 300 species of birds have been identified within the area. Some are year-round residents, others migratory visitors. With a pair of binoculars and a bird identification guide, birding in the Eastern Sierra can be rewarding for a few hours or for a lifetime.
There are numerous lakes in the region that provide plenty of opportunities for canoeing and kayaking. Visit Mono Lake, Grant Lake, or the majestic mountain scapes of Crowley Lake. It can provide a place to just get away and enjoy some silence or offer a fun-filled time for the entire family. Many people come out during the warmer months of the year to rent canoes, kayaks, or even jetskis, boats and boating equipment to enjoy the beautiful outdoors.
Mammoth Lakes is surrounded by two million acres of Inyo National Forest that includeds the pristine John Muir and Ansel Adams Wildernesses. The number of trails to choose from may overwhelm you, but it will be nothing compared to the vistas, fields of wildflowers and granite peaks seen from the trails. Favorite areas for hiking include: the Mammoth Lakes Basin and Red Madow.
Riders of all abilities can enjoy Mammoth Mountain Bike Park's extensive trail system. In the summer the Scenic Gondola provides uphill access for mountain bikers. The park offers more than 100 miles (161 k) of dirt singletrack trail with 3,100 foot (944 m) descent from the summit. Take the 'Bike Park' shuttle from The Village at Mammoth. Mountain bikes are transported to the Main Lodge area free of charge for those who have purchased a Mountain Bike Park Pass.
Summer brings jazz in July with the Mammoth Lakes Jazz Jubilee, August brings blues with the Festival of Beers & Bluesapalooza, Mammoth Food & Wine Experience, classical music with the Sierra Summer Festival, the Mammoth Festival , chamber music with the Mammoth Music Festival and the Felici Piano Trio presented by Chamber Music Unbound and Mammoth Rocks / Taste of the Sierra.
There are all kinds of camps that kids can attend: soccer, gymnastics, wilderness, and many other types. Treat your kids to a fun summer camp, and give you and your spouse some alone time to explore all Mammoth Lakes has to offer. Check the dates, times and age ranges in the link below:
Yosemite National Park is a must. We are situated just within an hour's drive from the Tioga Pass entrance on Highway 120, south of Lee Vining. From there you begin your adventure to the John Muir Trail, Crane Flat and Tuolumne Meadows. Continue on the Yosemite Valley (1-1/2 hour) to see the spectacular wonders of the Sierra.