The town of Mammoth Lakes sits at an elevation of 7,880 feet while the top of Mammoth Mountain boasts an elevation of 11,023 ft in altitude. The population was 8,234 at the 2010 census, up from 7,093 at the 2000 census. 66% of the homes in the town are kept as 2nd homes and vacant for most of the year. Mammoth Lakes, CA boasts an average of over 300 sunny days per year while averaging 350” of snowfall per winter. The town is incorporated and has an active political scene. It is the hub of the culture, arts and nightlife and in the Eastern Sierras and boasts a new bowling alley and indoor golf center. There are high end hotels and restaurants here such as The Westin Monache and The Lakefront Restaurant at Twin Lakes. There is an active theatre group in the area producing live shows year round. The area has natural hot springs which are sometimes used after skiing. The town is surrounded by mountains: on the west, Mammoth Mountain looms over the town, while to the south, the Sherwin Mountain Range dominates the view.
History: The European history of Mammoth Lakes started in 1877, when four prospectors staked a claim on Mineral Hill, south of the current town, along Old Mammoth Road. In 1878, the Mammoth Mining Company was organized to mine Mineral Hill, which caused a gold rush. By the end of 1878, 1500 people settled in the mining camp called Mammoth City. By 1880, the company had shut down, and by 1888, the population declined to less than 10 people. By the early 1900s, the town of Mammoth was informally established near Mammoth Creek. The economics of the original town was based on logging and tourism. The first post office at Mammoth Lakes opened in 1923.