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The Town of Mammoth Lakes is a small but lively region of only four square miles, filled with a special brand of people (population 8,234 year round residents – Census 2010) who have chosen to leave behind their urban lifestyles and experience the unique attributes of the Eastern Sierra. Incorporated in 1984, Mammoth Lakes is a relatively young town. Mammoth Lakes is located in the heart of California's Eastern Sierra Nevada mountain range in Mono County. Mammoth Lakes is about 325 miles north of Los Angeles, about the same distance east of San Francisco, and about 164 miles south of Reno, NV in the Inyo National Forest, of Mono County. The town is surrounded by acres of forest and is bordered by the Ansel Adams and John Muir Wilderness Areas. Yosemite National Park's eastern entrance is located just 32 miles north of town and it’s a short 100-mile drive to the valley floor.
Mammoth Lakes is a year-round destination resort that offers a plethora of outdoor activities, including skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, and cross country skiing in the winter and fishing, camping, hiking, and mountain biking during the summer. The Town of Mammoth Lakes sits at an altitude of 7,800 - 8,000 feet and the surrounding mountains rise to elevations exceeding 12,000 feet. In summer, temperatures average 75-80 degrees for a high and seldom dips below 40 for a low. Winter temperatures average 30-40 degrees for a high and 10-20 degrees for a low with mostly sunny skies. Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, one of the finest ski resorts in the western United States, is located within the Town’s boundaries.
As a year-round resort destination, the Town of Mammoth Lakes’ economy is primarily tourism-based, with a strong emphasis on recreational activities. Over the past several years, Mammoth Lakes has provided better access to recreation, and the Town as a whole, while working to also improve recreational activities and communication between visitors and residents in Mammoth. Some of our major accomplishments include the Lake Mary Road Bike Path; commercial air service; free, year-round transit service; development of a “RecStrats” implementation strategy, to help identify and prioritize recreational opportunities and facilities; planning for the development of a high-altitude track facility, that would help with training for long-distance athletes, and development of an outreach program to our local Hispanic community.