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Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center

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Address: 2510 Main Street, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Phone Number: +1 760-924-5500
08:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:00

The Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center specializes in providing general...

The Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center specializes in providing general information about the Inyo National Forest and surrounding local areas. Stop in for maps of the area and suggestions on great places to hike, camp and visit. The center provides campfire permits, wooding permits, and backpacking permits for those looking to begin a trip in the Inyo National Forest backcountry. There are also many fantastic interpretive program opportunities available through the center. A great first stop for a trip to Mammoth. If you are looking for souvenirs, there are many fun items for sale in the center including books, maps, hats, bandanas, t-shirts, and lots of other souvenirs. The Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center is managed through a partnership with the US Forest Service and the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association.

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Much of Mammoth was closed due to snow so needed to find hiking recommendations - got excellent ones!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Laguna Woods, CA
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Laguna Woods, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Much of Mammoth was closed due to snow so needed to find hiking recommendations - got excellent ones!

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Thousand Oaks, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Very helpful rangers; lots of maps and info available. Rangers directed us to the best sites/hikes for fall colors. Highly recommend stopping here before setting out on hikes.

Thank Arun K
Varna, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

This welcome center was well equipped with area information. The staff seemed to be very knowledge about the area and what you can do there. They also have several area souvenirs available to buy, A fun place to visit.

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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

The staff was very friendly, knowledgable, and acoomodating. I reserved a next day wilderness permit with no problems. The shop provides local gifts, maps, books, novelties, etc. They rent bear canisters if you need one for your trip. Great place to inquire information about Mammoth.

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Georgetown, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

We got some advice on where to find fall color when we went there. I do think the advice was not as detailed as it could have been. When we there we were able to give some advice that the staff did not have information on.

Thank dil345
Fargo, North Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

We would have missed a few opportunities if we had not stopped in and asked questions. Such as the fall colors around the lake area, devils post pile.

Thank Willem S
Doorn, Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

We got useful assistance here. One can get maps, hike info, accommodation info etc here. The site is signposted Ranger Station just when the divided road is joined and becomes an undivided road.

Thank Fred W
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

When visiting the Mammoth Lakes basin area you have to stop by the visitor center. The staff are very knowledgeable and helpful. Let them know what you plan on doing and they have numerous suggestions to make your visit fun and your use of time efficient.

Thank Shawn M
Anaheim, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

We have found over the years that the welcome center is a wealth of GREAT INFORMATION, especially when you are unfamiliar with an area. They have helped with maps for hikes and overall information about the area. The employees are enthusiastic and do their best to answer your questions. It is also a great place to buy gifts and souvenirs!

Thank tsrkb2016
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Staffed by pleasant, well informed people. Very helpful in recommending hikes and attractions. Small but nice selection of souvenirs

Thank Dave F

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