Where are the best parks in Mammoth Lakes?
When considering a park in Mammoth Lakes there are quite a few options. Many people visiting Mammoth Lakes may not think of our fine town as a community of parks, after all we are surrounded by National Forest and wilderness.
Here are a few park options:
Mammoth Creek Park is located at the southern edge of Mammoth Lakes just off of Old Mammoth Road. This park is has a number of slides, an open grass area, larger boulders, and a creek for kids and families to play. This park has a focus catering largely to smaller children. The park is easily accessed from a paved parking lot as well as Mammoth’s multi-use path which is frequently used by parents with strollers or kids on bikes.
Shady Rest Park is Mammoth’s largest Municipal Park and is located at the north east corner of town. The park can be a bit challenging to find if you aren’t familiar with its location, but easy directions are to turn north along the “Sawmill Cutoff Road” across the street form McDonalds and follow the road north for about 2 miles. Shady Rest Park has three baseball fields, sand volleyball courts, public restrooms, a large soccer field, small skate park for beginning skaters and ample parking. Shady Rest is also a good staging area for snowmobiliers during the winter months.
Community Center Park is located near the Village at Mammoth, just behind the Mammoth Community Center. This park has some play areas for kids and several tennis courts for the adults.
Volcom Skatepark is a top notch skateboard park located at the eastern edge of town along Meridian Blvd. This park caters to experienced riders, but beginning riders can also find a place to learn in the “little brothers” portion of the park.
Trails End Park is Mammoth’s news play park, located adjacent to Volcom Skate Park. This park is conveniently located adjacent to The Trails subdivision and the Mammoth Multi-Use path. This park is a good selection for those with little children or for those with little children and an older child wanting to skateboard.
Devil’s Postpile National Park is not a community park but instead a National Park. While you won’t find slides, swings or sandboxes you will find some of the most unique geological formations and natural beauty Mother Nature has to offer. The park is only open in the summer and early fall months and is accessed by way of a public bus system beginning at the Main Lodge area of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. A scenic drive in the valley floor will unveil the San Joaquin Rive, Rainbow Falls, beautiful lakes, a soda spring, and of course the monument after which the park is named… Devils Postpile.