This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Mammoth Lakes.
Mammoth Lakes is a small city located in the Eastern Sierra region of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. This region is a popular winter vacation spot for local Californians, due to the well-established ski slopes and resorts.
Mammoth Lakes has many restaurants, cafes, supermarkets, shops, tourist information, ski equipment and mountain bike rentals, laundries, and internet cafes.
The city also has a broad range of different accommodation options, from condos, lodges, hotels and resorts, to more budget accommodation such as motels, RV parks, camping sites and hostels in Mammoth Lakes. Hostels in Mammoth Lakes tend to be a very good value; providing clean, modern, and comfortable rooms, with a ranges of services.
If visiting the Mammoth Lakes or the Sierra Nevada region during winter, it is recommended booking your accommodation in advance, as the region gets busy, and many resorts, hotels and even Mammoth Lakes hostels book up months in advance. It is also during the winter months that the accommodation prices are at their highest, so budget accordingly.
Outside of the winter, snow season, Mammoth Lakes is a cheap base for exploring the surrounding region. There are many good hiking and mountain bike trails, bird and wildlife watching and stunning mountainous views. Backcountry camping is a popular activity in the region, however if planning on heading out on a backcountry camping trip, please ensure you obtain all the relevant permits, and take note of the national regulations which apply. Within the Mammoth Lakes city, many tour providers can also be found, so if you don’t want to venture out into the wilderness alone, you have the option of going as part of an organized tour. There is also the option for horseback tours.
Written by local enthusiast for Mammoth Lakes hostelsKelly Sheldrick