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Mammoth Lakes Recreation This Week – August 4, 2023

New this Week…

  • Stage 1 Fire Restrictions on the Inyo National Forest are now in effect (August 4) to protect natural resources and provide for public safety.
  • Visit National Parks for FREE today, August 4!
  • The LAST DAY of the 2022/23 season for skiing and riding is this Sunday, August 6.
  • The Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza is underway at The Woodsite.
  • SAVE THE DATE – Mammoth Parks and Recreation Fall Programming goes on sale August 28!


Keep getting all the news – Recreation this Week is Moving!

  • Recreation This Week will be migrating to a new format. If you want to continue to receive community recreation news, activities and events directly to your inbox, you must create a Profile on DaySmart, our new online Reservation Platform.
  • If you already have a profile you are good to go!
  • Don’t miss a week – click here to create your personal profile.


Park and Recreation Facilities Update 

  • Parks and Facilities currently open include: Whitmore Pool (lap swim and public swim/lessons), Whitmore Recreation Area (all ball fields and the Synthetic Sports Field & Track), Shady Rest Park (playground, restrooms, ball fields, soccer fields and DiscGolfPark®), Volcom Brothers Skatepark & Little Brothers Skatepark, Trails End Park, Mammoth Creek East restrooms, Community Center Tennis Courts 1-4, Pickleball Court (Court 1), restrooms and playground.
  • Click here to view the updated status of Town parks, trails, and facilities.


Summer Camps 

  • Check out the camp flyers on the website for more detailed itineraries and register online or contact the Parks and Recreation Team at (760) 965-3690 for assistance.


Work for Parks and Rec! 

Parks and Recreation is currently recruiting for awesome people to join our team:

  • Temporary Parks Maintenance Worker

To be considered for an open recruitment, all applicants must submit an online application.


Summer Adult Programs Underway! 

  • Whitmore Pool Lap Swim schedule: Mon-Fri: 6:30-8:30am, Mon/Wed/Fri: 5:30-7:30pm.
  • Buy a Pool Membership or Punch Pass online!
  • Drop-in Water Polo at the Whitmore Pool every Thursday evening at 6:45pm – only $10!
  • Adult Softball Playoffs begin on Monday, August 7 for Men’s and Tuesday, August 8 for the Coed League.

Community Recreation

  • Registration for AYSO Fall Soccer U5 & U6 closes on August 26.
  • Register for the Crowley Lake Fun Run on September 24. All proceeds benefit the local community with active classes, special workshops, and neighborhood improvements.
  • Eastern Sierra Interpretative Association offers year-round interpretive walks, hikes, and talks. This summer’s offerings include Mono Lakes Bird Walks, Panum Crater Tours, Wildflower Walks and Summer Evening Naturalist Talks. For more information, please click here.
  • Mammoth Youth Hockey registration is OPEN for the 2023-24 season. Register before August 15 and receive a 10% early bird discount. For more information, or to register, please click here.


Stage 1 Fire Restrictions begin August 4 on Inyo National Forest

  • Stage 1 Fire Restrictions on the Inyo National Forest are now in effect (August 4) to protect natural resources and provide for public safety. The following acts are prohibited within Inyo National Forest:
    1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire except in Forest Service-provided campfire ring or in a standing grill within a Developed Recreation Site listed in Exhibit A. 36 C.F.R. § 261.52(a).
    2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, within the Developed Recreation Sites listed in Exhibit A, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material. 36 C.F.R. § 261.52(d).
    3. Welding, or operating an acetylene or other torch with an open flame. 36 C.F.R. § 261.52(i).
  • Persons with a California Campfire Permit are not exempt from the prohibitions above, however they may use a portable campfire ring/pit, stove, or lantern outside of a Developed Recreation Site, at least five feet from any flammable materials, provided that the portable campfire ring/pit, stove, or lantern only burns gas, kerosene, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel, and has a shut-off valve.
  • For the official forest order and the complete list of developed recreation sites, visit the Inyo National Forest website’s Alerts and Notices page.

FREE Entrance Days in the National Parks

  • Come experience the national parks for FREE on Friday, August 4! On five days in 2023, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2023:
    1. January 16: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
    2. April 22: First day of National Park Week
    3. August 4: Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act
    4. September 23: National Public Lands Day
    5. November 11: Veterans Day
  • Visit the National Park Service website for additional information.


Recreate Safely in Mammoth Lakes! 

  • The historic snowpack bringing record runoff to the Eastern Sierra. Be aware that waterways are running full, cold, and fast so please recreate safely around streams, lakes, and waterways!
  • Not only are area waterways unsafe for fishing, boating, and swimming, but their surrounding banks are dangerously unstable as the water eats away at them. Hidden subsurface hazards like rocks and tree limbs can be deadly.
  • Keep a safe distance from fast-moving water this spring and summer. DO NOT attempt to bypass closures to access areas that have been blocked for your safety.
  • Never leave children and pets unattended around fast-moving water. DO NOT let them play in the currents, not only in the area of creeks and rivers, but also near culverts and storm drains.
  • Please obey posted closure signs, stay away from unstable banks, and avoid unnecessary risks. Check the conditions and know before you go.
  • Please prepare your home and business to ward against flood risks and fast-moving water.


Mammoth Mountain Update

  • The LAST DAY of the 2022/23 season for skiing and riding is this Sunday, August 6.
  • Chair 1 and Panorama Lower are closed for the season for skiing and riding. To return to Main Lodge, all skiers and riders must download the Panorama Gondola. There is no skiing or riding access to Main Lodge.
  • From 8/3-8/6, the last scenic ride up to the top station is a 3:45PM, loading from the bottom station and for a ride around only which guests may not get out of the cabin. Last ride down from the top is at 4PM.
  • Beginning 8/7, the first gondola ride will be at 9AM, the last scenic ride up to the top station is a 4:30PM, loading from the bottom station and for a ride around only which guests may not get out of the cabin. Last ride down from the top is at 4:45PM.
  • Access to Cornice from the Panorama Upper requires a short downhill walk.
  • Lifts and terrain subject to change due to recent warm temperatures. Check for daily operations updates.


Summer Activities:

  • The Bike Park is open for the season.  For access to the Bike Park, you can catch the Bike Park shuttle on Canyon Blvd. from 9AM-5:30PM daily. Beginning 8/4, Discovery Chair (11) will open for mountain biking from 9AM-5PM. From 8/4-/8/6, Panorama Lower will open for bikes from 9AM-4PM.  Beginning 8/7, Panorama Lower will open for bikes from 9AM-5PM with the last ride up to McCoy with a bike at 5PM. All Bike Park guests must have a Bike Park ticket in order to ride on the Bike Park shuttle.
  • Bike Rentals are available at Main Lodge and the Mountain Center from 9AM-5:30PM daily.
  • Adventurer, Big Ring (2-way), Chair 11 Explorer, Disco Tech, Downtown, Gopher Trail, Jill’s Jumps, Juniper, Lakes Trail, Manzanita, Paper Route, Shotgun, Smooth Operator, Timber Ridge, Uptown and Velocity are all open as of 8/4.
  • Sierra Eastside Mountain Bike Association (SEMBA) presents the Mammoth 50K MTB PedalPalooza on 8/19. Sign up here before spaces fill up.
  • The Sierra Star Golf Course is open for the season. Call (760) 924.GOLF to book your tee time.
  • The Adventure Center at Main Lodge is open from 10AM-5PM with the Archery, Junior Zip, Rock Wall, Ropes Course, STACYC pump track, and Woolly’s Mining. All participants must wear closed toe shoes (excluding crocs).
  • Camp High Sierra is open for the season. For all reservations to Camp High Sierra, please call 800.Mammoth.
  • Tamarack Bike and Paddle rentals are available 9AM-5PM daily.
  • There are still tickets available for Mammoth Wine Weekend 8/17-8/19. If volunteering is more your style, sign up here for a shift.


Special Events

  • August 3-6: Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza
  • August 11-12: Mammoth Margarita Festival
  • August 17-Sept. 3: Mammoth Shakespeare Festival at The Woodsite
  • August 19: Mammoth Wine Walk
  • August 19: Mammoth 50K MTB PedalPalooza
  • August 25-26: Mammoth Rocks
  • August 26: Wave Rave Skate Contest
  • Sept. 1-3: Mammoth Rock n Rye
  • Sept. 9: Mammoth Gran Fondo
  • Sept. 16: Mammoth Tuff
  • Sept. 16: Sierra Nevada Concert
  • Sept. 21-24: Mammoth Trail Fest
  • Sept. 24: Crowley Lake Trail Run
  • Click here to view the Mammoth Lakes Events Calendar.
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