Summer UTV Riding Spots #2 – Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes is known for its legendary mountain, which produces some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the southwest. However, it is also home to some of the best UTV riding during the summer months. We camped just north of the airport and found some open trails that were great for high speed riding. In this area, we had access to some great hot springs. After spending the morning around the southern area of Mammoth Lakes, we decided to ride out to June Lake to get some fuel and swim. We crossed over the 395 and headed north and found some great riding spots on the Mammoth to June Lake loop. All of the trails were adequately sized for our Can Am X3 XRS. At 72 inches, this UTV had no issues with obstacles. This loop featured a lot of tall trees and rock crawling areas that required driving in low range. We fueled up at the June Lake Junction Gas Station and took on some trails behind the station down to the lake. The lake was crowded, but we managed to find parking very close to the lake. At the lake we relaxed, swam, and ate lunch. After enjoying our time at the lake, we headed back to camp. We crossed over the 395 again and tried out some different trails going back. We found more amazing riding spots and discovered meteor craters.

Highly Recommended UTV Riding Spot

All together, this is a must ride spot if you want to get out and ride during the summer months. The area is good for tent and trailer camping. Be aware though, some of the campsites do get crowded. Be sure to book in advance if you do not plan on dry camping.

What We Liked
  • Great hot springs and swimming lakes
  • Varying terrain types for both beginning and advanced riding
  • Tons of trails devoid of SXS, ATVs, and motorcycles
  • Mild weather during both day and night
  • Dry camping is easily accessible and plentiful
What We Did Not Like
  • Burning ban prevents campfires and grills
  • Reservation only campsites fill up quickly

Gas Station Near June Lake:
Hwy 395 & Hwy 158 Junction, June Lake, CA 93529
https://www.monocounty.org/listing/june-lake-junction-gas-%26-food-mart/662/

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