The ski resort town of Mammoth Lakes is Mono County’s largest community with a population of about 8,234 people, or about half of the county’s entire population.
Known to locals as Mammoth, the town and resort is dominated both economically and geographically by 11,053-foot high Mammoth Mountain, one of the county’s premier downhill skiing and snowboarding resorts.
Mammoth is nestled along the banks of Mammoth Creek in a forest of lodgepole and Jeffrey pine, surrounded by green meadows, glaciated lakes and the windswept peaks of the Sherwin Range.
South of town, in the lush grasslands and gorges of Long Valley, blue-ribbon trout streams like Hot Creek and the Owens River give anglers of every age and ability a chance to take home a rainbow or brown.
Mammoth Lakes also lies on the edge of the Long Valley Caldera. The area around the town is geologically active, with natural hot springs suitable for soaking.
The town’s most famous volcano, Mammoth Mountain, was turned into Mammoth Mountain Ski Area by founder Dave McCoy in 1952 and is considered to be dormant.
The exotic and mysterious Devils Postpile National Monument is located just minutes out of town and east of town, the world’s oldest trees, the Ancient Bristlecone Forest stand in silent sentinel over the headwaters of the Owens River, just like they have for some 5,000 years.
The town is at the center of a growing community of outdoor recreation enthusiasts and high tech entrepreneurs, which have sprung up in response to the town becoming a gigabit-ready community.
The growth is in response to almost unlimited, high-speed broadband capacity, which is the result of a high-speed broadband fiber optic infrastructure project that was completed in 2013. Called “Digital 395,” the cable carries petrabytes of data and roughly parallels U.S. Highway 395, linking Eastern Sierra communities and businesses to Barstow and points south, and to Carson City and points north. All residents and businesses can access the speed and data storage capacity that the Digital 395 project has tapped.
In addition, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, along with June Mountain and all of Mammoth’s holdings, was recently sold to Aspen Skiing Co. and a partner, Denver-based KSL Partners.
The sale will likely spur increased development and business and real estate opportunities in Mammoth in the coming years.
Mono County Paramedic Station 3 – Mammoth Lakes
3150 Main Street
24-Hour Station: (760) 934-3049
Mammoth Lakes Police Department
568 Old Mammoth Road
(760) 965-3700 or 760-934-2011
Mammoth Lakes Fire Protection District
3150 Main St
85 Sierra Park Road
Mammoth Unified School District
461 Sierra Park Road
Mammoth Elementary School
1500 Meridian Blvd
Mammoth Middle School
600 Meridian Blvd
Mammoth High School
365 Sierra Park Rd
Sierra High School (alternative high school)
461 Sierra Park Road
Eastern Sierra College Center, Cerro Coso Community College
101 College Parkway
Southern California Edison
3439 Main St
66 South Industrial Circle, Unit A6
Mammoth Community Water District
1315 Meridian Blvd.
Suddenlink: (760) 934-8553, http://www.suddenlink.com
Mammoth Yosemite Airport
1300 Airport Road
Mono County Public Library/Mammoth Lakes
400 Sierra Park Rd
Chamber of Commerce
Mammoth Lakes Chamber of Commerce
2520 Main Street
Mammoth Lakes Community Center
1000 Forest Trail