Things To Do In Mammoth Lakes California With Kids

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During the summer, Mammoth boasts tons of kid friendly activities including mellow bike paths, abundant fishing streams, horseback riding tours, and unique activities at the Mammoth Mountain Adventure Center.

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  • Kids love the Mammoth Mountain Adventure Center, with activities including a 240 foot zip line and rock climbing wall.
  • Mammoth has outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, fishing, and swimming, to suit children of all ages.
  • Take the stress out of your vacation and hire a local guide to plan your trip. Now all you have to do is show up and have fun!


Families visit Mammoth Lakes during the summer for kid friendly activities including hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, as well as a zip line and rock climbing wall the Mammoth Mountain Adventure Center.

What to do for Kids Summer Fun

Mammoth Mountain Adventure Center
This is ground central for family summer fun at Mammoth. Kids can take a ride on the 240 foot zip line, scale a rock climbing wall, or participate in a high-tech treasure hunt at Geocaching Adventures.

Hiking and Backpacking
Mammoth Lakes and the surrounding national parks provide a lifetime’s worth of hiking experiences. Kids will enjoy the short walks to areas like Rainbow Falls and Panorama Dome.

If you’re looking for a short ride with the kids, head to the town bike paths. For a full day out, pack a lunch and enjoy a picnic at one of the many rest areas located along the trails. Mammoth Mountain Bike Park offers a great mountain biking experience for riders of all ages and skill levels.  Rentals are available from the mountain, as well as from many shops around town.

Horseback Riding
This is one of the most exciting ways to get the family out into the beautiful eastern Sierra backcountry. Area outfitters can plan anything from a short ride lasting a few hours to a multi-day backcountry epic.

Kids and adults will love the abundant lakes, streams, rivers, and creeks in and around Mammoth Lakes. Expect to catch rainbow, cutthroat, brown, brook, and Alders Trout. For a quick trip close to town, fish Mammoth Creek. For an all day fishing adventure, rent a boat and head to June Lake. 

Cool off during the summer heat at Horseshoe Lake, Whitmore Pool, and the Snowcreek Athletic Club.


Bodie Ghost Town
Take your family back in time at this historic gold mining ghost town about an hour north of Mammoth Lakes.

Hayden Cabin
This historic cabin, dating back to 1927, is sure to delight kids and adults alike. Highlights include period artifacts, photographs, and an idyllic creek side setting.

Hire a Guide

Want to take the hard work out of your vacation? Let an experienced and knowledgeable guide plan your tour. Whether you’re looking for a week-long epic or a two hour foray, the experienced guides listed on this page will take care of the planning, so you can just show up and have fun.