Does Mammoth Get Crowded during the Summer?

Mammoth Mountain has long been one of California’s most popular and frequently visited winter destinations. However, the Mammoth area is actually a hub of activity all year long, even in summertime. If you have plans to visit this sprawling, naturally wondrous region as the days get longer and warmer, here’s what you need to know about what to expect with crowds in the summer at Mammoth Mountain. The friendly folks at ASO Mammoth, your year-round one-stop shop for everything from fishing equipment and licenses to mountain biking gear and Mammoth ski rentals, offer the following advice.

Weekends Can Get Crowded

Weekends, naturally, are typically when more people are likely to flock to the Mammoth area. As for what defines the “weekend” here, realize some visitors like to get an early start on their weekend activities or give themselves time to get here and get settled. For this reason, you may notice an uptick in crowds at Mammoth Mountain on Fridays in the summertime. Also, it’s not unusual for Mammoth visitors to extend the weekend fun into Monday, so this can also be another busy day here.

The Fourth of July Weekend Usually Draws Crowds

The Fourth of July is on a Sunday in 2021, which will likely make Mammoth Mountain a popular destination during this early July weekend. Plus, there are some annual activities here that also tend to draw crowds when it’s time to celebrate the nation’s independence. The events and activities scheduled for this year, according to the Mammoth Mountain website, include:

• The 15th Annual Footloose Freedom Mile
• Mono County Free Fishing Day
• Mammoth Lakes 4th of July Business Treasure Hunt

The Village Lodge is also a popular spot for competitions, food festivals, and other summer activities for kids and families, so this is likely to be another crowded location when something is scheduled here.

You Should Be Able to Avoid Crowds on Weekdays

Regardless of when you prefer to visit Mammoth Mountain in summertime, know the area is spacious enough to give you plenty of room to enjoy any activities that might be on your to-do list. That said, if you really want to come here when crowds are likely to be lighter, consider a weekday or mid-week visit in the summer.

Certain Areas Are More Likely to Be Crowded

If one of your preferred summertime activities is hiking, there are more than enough trails in the Mammoth area to do this without having to worry about big crowds. However, if you make your way to the Main Lodge at Mammoth Mountain, the Mammoth Adventure Center located here can definitely be a big draw, especially for visiting families.

Plan Ahead to Maintain Your Level of Comfort

The good news is whenever you come to the Mammoth area in summertime, your visit can be enjoyable and comfortable if you plan ahead. If you wish to spend some time at potentially crowded areas like the Adventure Center, one of the fishing lakes, or the Sierra Star Golf Course, choose days when crowds are likely to be on the light side, and you should be good to go. 

No matter what brings you to Mammoth this summer, stop by and see the knowledgeable staff at ASO Mammoth, a premier Mammoth Mountain outdoor store. Whether they need fishing gear, mountain biking equipment, or high-quality snowboard rental, Mammoth visitors can find everything they need at our store. Drop by on your way to the mountain or give us a call at 760-965-3444