For anyone camping without jacuzzi access at a fancy hotel, the hot springs are a must visit. Heck, we choose them over the hotel pool every time. You can check out the geo tags below, but there are several hot springs off of Benton Crossing Road. We recommend Wild Willy’s Hot Springs, since it’s the biggest and easiest to get to. You truly can’t beat watching the sun set behind the Minarets while you soak in a natural hot springs fueled by the geothermal activity in the Mammoth area.
After having a soak, you can head into town and grab dinner. Our two favorite dinner spots in town are Roberto’s and Burger. Whether it’s winter, spring, summer or fall, Roberto’s Mexican restaurant is always jam packed with people. It’s for a good reason though, and the food and service are both top notch. You’ll be hard pressed to find better Mexican food in the mountains, and the burritos are big enough to fill you up for dinner and lunch the next day!
Burger is exactly what the name suggests. It’s the spot to go in town for a delicious burger, with a long history and list of awards for the burgers, chili and ribs. If you manage to leave this place without being uncomfortably full, you’re doing something wrong! Everything on the menu is absolutely phenomenal and worthy of photos to show your friends back home!
For breakfast, we always head straight for The Stove. A small town, country cooking vibe, this place cooks up breakfasts that have to be tasted to be believed. The Sierra Sunrise Skillet, Waffles, Soda Biscuits and home made pies are just a few of our favorites. Quite literally everything on the menu is worth trying!
Once you’ve had your fill of eating your way through town, you can also explore the myriad of activities the greater Mammoth area has to offer. Aside from the hot springs, one of our go to spots after riding is Lake Mary. The lake offers gorgeous views, swimming, fishing, and more. It also has boat, paddle board and kayak rentals which let you get out on the water to beat the summer heat. It’s easy to see why so many locals came up here for vacation and never went home!
Outside of Mammoth you can also take a short drive over to Yosemite Valley, or venture a little farther to see the perfectly preserved gold mining ghost town, Bodie. We could easily spend two weeks up here and never do the same thing two days in a row!
THE WOLF’S LAST WORD
Mammoth bike park and the surrounding area is one of our favorite places to visit. The amount of activities and places to see in this part of the Sierras is second to none, and it’s hard to believe it’s such a short drive up from Los Angeles. While Mammoth may not have the wild party scene Whistler Bike Park boasts, it more than makes up for it with endless outdoor activities. Whether you’re on a trip with your riding friends or a vacation with the family, Mammoth will keep everyone busy and send them home with a to-do list for the next visit. The bike park offers a fully packed list of trails for a wide range of skill sets. While the soil is challenging, Mammoth has done an fantastic job at making the trails accessible to everyone through quality layout and building. If you’re a fan of technical riding, this park is a must visit spot in the South West of the U.S. We know we’ll be back again multiple times a year!
To learn more about Mammoth Bike Park, visit Mammothmountain.com/summer
THE FINAL SCORE
OFF MOUNTAIN: 10