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Top Spring Break Ideas Around Mammoth Lakes

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Spring in Mammoth

Spring Break’s not just for college students, and it’s not just for beach lovers. Never heard of Mammoth Lakes? Mammoth Lakes, mammoth in both beauty and activities, is a small community town in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. While it’s well known for its saltwater lake, Mono Lake, and proximity to Yosemite National Park, it’s not short on areas for skiing and trail running.

Read on for some of the best Spring Break ideas for you and your family to enjoy while you’re lounging around Mammoth Lakes.

Break Spring Break with Winter Sports

Just because it’s spring back home doesn’t mean it has to be spring during your vacation! Plenty of families are ditching the beach and heading to the slopes, especially with images from the recent winter Olympics in their mind. Fortunate for you, Mammoth Lakes has plenty of winter sports and snow, even in the summer. Whether you’re into skiing, snowboarding, or snowshoeing, the resorts and slopes on Mammoth Mountain and June Mountain are perfect for you. New to skiing or snowboarding? Take a few lessons! Not ready for the speed of either sport? Try snowshoeing in the over three million acres of around Mammoth Lakes.

Lounging Around the Lake

Of course, the folks back home will be kicking you if you travel all the way to Mammoth Lake and don’t spend any time taking pictures of or relaxing on one of its many lakes. While the saltwater Mono Lake is widely beloved, there’s also Lake Mary, Convict Lake, Twin Lakes, Lake George, Mammoth Creek, and the nearby June Lake.

Start your lake adventure along the shore, but to thoroughly enjoy the experience, you’ll need to venture into one of the area’s outfitters, like Caldera Kayaks, to rent canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, or motorized boats. Once you’re on the water, you can explore Mono Lake’s tufa towers (naturally-occurring limestone spires), see some of the over 300 species of birds who frequent the lakes, or try your hand at baitcasting or fly fishing.

Take a Hike

There are few places with as varied and dynamic a landscape as Mammoth Lakes. You can literally go from hot to cold in just a few short hours; illustrating this is the scenic trip from the Eastern Sierra’s Hot Creek, a geothermal creek with recorded water temperatures of over 200 degrees that’s heated by molten rock below the gorge’s surface, to the Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center for snow sport fans. At Mammoth Lakes, you’ll find endless and accessible trails leading to amazing sights that everyone in your family can enjoy. Little ones tuckered out or your legs just aren’t working like they used to before? In some areas, you’ll be able to ride back to your camping ground with one of Mammoth Lake’s shuttles. In the mood for photography? You’ll be hard-pressed to find a site within the entire geographical area of Mammoth Lakes that isn’t perfectly enviable for posting.

Too cold for comfort?

If you’ve had your fill of snow or want to hide out from a sudden storm, we won’t think less of you for heading indoors. After all, with everything from performing arts and bowling to trampolines and spa treatments, you won’t be having any less fun.

Trampolining caught your interests? Asking yourself why a ski-resort might have invested in trampolining? Freestyle skiers actually use trampolines to train their body and practice moves without having to suit up or risk damaging their equipment. Snowcreek Athletic Club’s Mammoth Alpine Trampoline Club has five world-class trampolines for Amateur Athletic Union members who have participated in a skills safety orientation. There’s also a recreational bounce room and an elite aerial training room.

For some classy arts and culture entertainment, both the Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre and the Sierra Classic Theatre have live performances spanning dozens of genres. For more cinematic releases, Minaret Cinemas is open around the year and features the latest blockbusters along with delicious concessions.

Looking to end your night with a cold brew?

What’s a vacation without a trip to a brewery? With their tasting room and beer garden, Mammoth Brewing Company’s a perfect place to round at any night, whether you’re just arriving or about to leave. And being so local and central, you’ll be able to safely catch a ride or walk back to your lodgings.

Need a break on your break?

If you’re still looking for things to do around Mammoth Lakes, you’re in luck. Reno, Nevada is just a short, and gorgeous, three-hour drive away north — and as you might imagine, there is plenty for you and your family to do and enjoy in Reno! And, if you’re so inclined, you can leave the family behind and just take your significant other for a romantic day trip or a perfect one-night stay.

Written by Jeremy Alderman

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