Mammoth Lakes, California

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Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. It is located 9 miles (14 km) northwest of Mount Morrison, at an elevation of 7,880 feet (2,400 m).[3][4] The population was 7,093 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 25.2 square miles (65 km2), of which 24.8 sq mi (64 km2) are land, and 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2) (1.51%) water.

Mammoth Lakes resides on the edge of the Long Valley Caldera. The area around the town is geologically active, with hot springs and rhyolite domes that are less than 1000 years old.

Visitors can take State Route 203 from the town of Mammoth Lakes to the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, over Minaret Summit, then down to Devil's Postpile National Monument, with access to the Ansel Adams Wilderness.

The area has natural hot springs which are sometimes used after skiing. Other features include lakes, a soda springs, and an obsidian dome. Mammoth Lakes is north of the Owens Valley, a scenic area with extensive hiking opportunities.

The town is surrounded by mountains: on the west, Mammoth Mountain looms over the town, while to the south, the Sherwin Range dominates the view. This hilly terrain and the high altitude makes the area great for high-altitude athletic training.


The first post office at Mammoth Lakes opened in 1923.[4]

In 2004, the Mammoth Ski Museum opened in town. The museum features many vintage artifacts, photographs, and posters. A movie documenting the life of the founder of the ski resort (Dave McCoy) and those of early famous skiers in the area is shown. In 2010, photographs that Dave McCoy has taken, was a featured exhibit.


As of the census of 2000, there were 7,093 people, 2,814 households, and 1,516 families residing in the town.[5] The population density was 286.2 people per square mile (110.5/km²). There were 7,960 housing units at an average density of 321.1/sq mi (124.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 83.21% White, 0.41% African American, 0.49% Native American, 1.27% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 12.35% from other races, and 2.14% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 22.20% of the population.

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