== About the Town of Mammoth Lakes ==
Mammoth Lakes is a photographer’s paradise perched high in the eastern Sierra Nevada mountains of California. It’s less than an hour from the eastern entrance of Yosemite National Park, only 30 minutes from Mono Lake, and mere steps from some of the greatest hiking trails and mountain scenery in the world. Mammoth is 3 hours from the nearest large city, putting in a spectacular dark-sky area perfect for shooting the stars and Milky Way.
== Getting There ==
By plane: Mammoth Lakes has its own small airport with daily flights from LAX via Alaska Airlines, In times of high demand there may also be flights from San Francisco via United Airlines. Please check with them for current schedules.
By car: Mammoth Lakes sits just off of Highway 395 about 5-6 hours from LA, about 6 hours from San Francisco (via Yosemite, entrance fee $30), and 3 hours from Reno.
By foot: you must be one of them badass PCT hikers! You probably already know how to get here so welcome to town!
== Weather ==
July in Mammoth is heavenly. Highs in the 70’s and 80’s, lows in the 40’s and 50’s, with crystal clear days and nights. Early July often sees monsoon thunderstorms up and down the Sierra but they’ve generally disappeared later in the month, leaving amazing clarity for night photography.
== Where to Stay ==
Mammoth is a tourist town and consequently there is no shortage of lodging, from upscale hotels to AirBnb’s to living in a van down by the river.
For hotels and condos, here are a few places to check:
For campers there are a slew of options:
You can also do dispersed camping for free in any lands managed by the BLM. Check with them for details:
Local field office (Bishop): 760-872-5000