USDA Forest Service Closures
On September 7, 2020 the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest region announced the following temporary closures and fire restrictions to provide for public safety and reduce the potential for human caused fire starts.
Closures and restrictions went into effect at 5:00pm (PST) on Monday, September 7, 2020, and will be reevaluated daily as conditions change.
- Closure of National Forest: Stanislus National Forest, Sierra National Forest, Sequoia National Forest, Inyo National Forest, Los Padres National Forest, Angeles National Forest, San Bernadino National Forest, and Clevland National Forest.
- Prohibition of the use of any ignition source on all National Forest system lands (campfires, gas stoves, etc.) throughout California.
- Closure of all developed campgrounds and day-use sites on National Forests in California.
For the Town of Mammoth Lakes, the temporary forest closure includes the following:
- Lakes Basin and developed campgrounds
- Reds Meadow/Devils Postpile and developed campgrounds
- Mammoth RV Park
- Shady Rest Campgrounds
- Sherwin Creek Campground
- Shady Rest Park
- Shady Rest DiscGolfPark®
In addition, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area suspended summer operations including the Bike Park, Scenic Gondola rides, Via Fereta and Camp High Sierra on Monday, September 7. MMSA will remain closed until the order is lifted and conditions are safe to resume.
On September 9, 2020 the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest region announced the temporary closure of an additional ten National Forests, meaning all eighteen National Forests in California are now CLOSED. The additional forests include the El Dorado National Forest, Klamath National Forest, Lassen National Forest, Mendocino National Forest, Modoc National Forest, Six Rivers National Forest, Plumas National Forest, Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Tahoe National Forest, and Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.
Closures and restrictions went into effect at 5:00pm (PST) on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, and will be reevaluated daily as conditions change.
For more information, please click here.
On September 10, 2020 the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest announced the closure of all lands, including back country and wilderness areas, located in California on the Carson and Bridgeport Ranger Districts starting at 8:00am on Thursday, September 10.
For more information, please click here.
Due to the current Public Health Office Order (July 31)
prohibiting gatherings of persons from different household units throughout Mono County, the annual Halloween Party and Haunted Roller Rink at the Mammoth RecZone has been cancelled. The Trails Trick 'n' Treat event has also been cancelled. Parks and Recreation staff are working on providing virtual Halloween programming - STAY TUNED!
Treat Yourself: Managing Stress
There are lots of techniques to manage stress, but what if we need to go back to square one? How do we connect with our own mind and body? Join this 4 week wellness group on Tuesdays from 5:00-6:30pm. September 7 - 28, 2020. Meeting ID: 949 26506281. For further information, please contact Mono County Behavioral Health at (760) 924-1740.
Super Hero Parents Virtual Group
Sponsored by Mono County Behavioral Health. Join other parents on Wednesdays at 7:00pm for a private 4-week Zoom group to share your super hero moments and those that leave us a little deflated. Call Tajia (760) 932-4616 to register. September 16 - October 7, 2020.
Mono County Virtual Peapod
Socialize with other families in Mono County online each Monday and Friday at 10:00 am with Mono Kids Virtual Peapods click here for the Zoom links and on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm on Facebook Live.
Mammoth Lakes Library Story Hour and Curbside Pickup
Join Mammoth Lakes library for a virtual story hour Wednesdays at 10:30 am in English and Saturdays at 10:30 am in Spanish via the Mammoth Lakes Library Facebook Page. Mammoth Library also has a resource page to cure those cabin fever blues. NEW! Curbside pick up available.
DSES Weekly Virtual Programming
Offering weekly programming including story hours, gardening tips, yoga, adaptive workouts and more. Check out their full offerings and register for what interests you today!
Mono County Library: The Evolution of Storytelling Project
Join the Mono County Library for this free extra-curricular activity and explore the evolutionary development of human storytelling throughout the school year. Open to all Mono County teens and young adults in grades 9-12. Each series will have span multiple weeks with a different theme. The Spoken Series starts Monday, September 2 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. Join for one or all the sessions in this series. Get more info and register today!
Parks and Facilities Update
For a full update visit our parks and facilities status page here.
Mammoth Tuff - Submit your ride by September 30
Create your own biking adventure! Any distance, any elevation gain, with the opportunity to enter a variety of micro challenges including TUFF Rider, Most Mileage, Most Elevation, Takeout Titan, Gravel Reporter and Gravel Scavenger. All participants are entered into a raffle to win a bike from Niner and Shimano. Get more information and register here.
Drive-In at the Tri-County Fairgrounds - Fridays & Saturdays
Head to the Tri-County Fairgrounds in Bishop for a drive in movie or concert. Check out their full schedule and book your ticket today.
Mammoth Lakes Film Festival - Tickets Now Available!
Tickets for the Mammoth Lakes Online Virtual Film Festival are now available. Check out 2020 line up and start building the stoke. Festival kicks off on Wednesday, September 16.
Commit to keeping Mammoth Lakes beautiful by taking the Mammoth Lakes Promise:
- I will know and practice the seven principles of Leave No Trace and help make Mammoth Lakes and the areas I recreate in better for others to enjoy in the future.
- I will clean up after myself and my pets (and maybe even others) by packing out all trash, including pet waste, and knowing how to properly dispose of human waste.
- I will do my part to reduce waste by bringing reusable water and food containers with me and properly disposing of any trash I do create.
- I will know my limitations and always be prepared so as not to put myself or others at risk for the sake of a bucket list summit or the perfect picture for the 'gram.
- I will be responsible with fire, respect local fire restrictions and ensure any fires I do make are put out completely before leaving camp
- I will respect wildlife by keeping a safe distance and never feeding wildlife or leaving trash for animals to find.
- I will protect the local drinking water and fisheries by recreating responsibly around waterways.
- I will do my part to travel sustainably by walking, biking or riding public transportation when possible. When I do drive, I will not invent my own by parking illegally in town or pulling off the road and damaging plant life.
- In winter, I will use snow chains when there are chain restrictions in place, fully clean snow off my vehicle before driving and respect the power of winter storms.
- I will leave Mammoth Lakes and the Eastern Sierra better than I found it.
See a full breakdown of California's Resilience Roadmap and where Mono County is on The Path Forward: Reopening Mono County Safely website here.