Driving, Flying and Transportation
Mammoth Lakes is located in the middle of California beneath Yosemite and the stunning Eastern Sierra Mountains in California, three and half hours south of Reno, Nevada, and six hours north of Los Angeles and five hours from Las Vegas. The most popular way to get to Mammoth Lakes (not "Mammoth" as there is another town in Northern CA called "Mammoth" for GPS lovers) is by car. Most everyone drives. The drive goes quickly, it is flat most of the way and travel time is dependent mostly on weather conditions and the amount of times you stop for a break.
Driving in daylight is spectacular especially through Red Rock Canyon, although hard core Mammoth fans drive at night so they won't miss one of our 300 days of sunshine. Driving to Mammoth Lakes is a straight shot from Los Angeles or Reno Nevada on Highway 395. Using your GPS find the shortest route to HWY 395 and follow it through the forest or desert. In the winter months when snow is abundant you will need 4WD vehicles equipped with all season tires (mud /snow) or a 2 wheel drive with cables /chains. You will absolutely need them and the highway patrol checks so don't come up with out them. Don't worry about putting them on. The experts will be on the side of the road to help you during any storm day.
Flying to Mammoth
You can fly direct into Mammoth Airport(MMH). You can fly direct via one of the non stop flights to Mammoth on Horizon /Alaska Air from different airports, or from Burbank airport and a few others on Jet Suite X. (Which is fabulous!) San Francisco San Jose, Los Angeles International, Orange County, Burbank, and San Diego are the popular connection points. Book your airline tickets online as soon as possible as the planes only hold 72 passengers (Jet Suite X is less) and are easily filled during peak times. You can then get a shuttle or taxi into town. They will be waiting for you when the plane lands. When you reserve your room with us, we can set that up for you.
Once you get into town, getting around is easy. Mammoth provides free shuttle bus service all day and night until the nightclubs close. The ski shuttles run more often during the daytime, about every 15 minutes and then slows down during non peak times. In the evening the buses stop about every 30 minutes along the designated route. There are also special buses when events come to town to help move the larger crowds around. Remember use your Feet First whenever possible to cut down on pollution.