Best Time to Visit California
Mammoth Lakes, in the Sierra Nevada foothills, Central California, involves more than 100 lakes and streams, and is the second major Californian ski center, after Lake Tahoe. But Mammoth Lakes isn't only a winter resort town: it's also a top world fly-fishing center and offers plenty of outdoor activities: climbing, hiking, kayaking, biking...
Bishop, some miles north of Mammoth Lakes, is also a major skiing, fishing and climbing center.
Mono Lake, a couple of dozen miles north Bishop, is a vital habitat for millions of migratory and nesting birds, and namely for Californian gulls.
Best time to visit the Mammoth Lakes, Bishop and Mono Lake
When not to go to the Mammoth Lakes, Bishop and Mono Lake
Hotels, tours and flights to the Mammoth Lakes and Bishop
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL TO MAMMOTH LAKES, BISHOP AND MONO LAKE
The best time to visit Mammoth Lakes or Bishop depends mainly on what you are looking for. If you intend to practice ski, then November through April are obviously the best months to visit Mammoth Lakes and Bishop (do not forget that Mammoth Lakes and Bishop is the California's largest skiing center after Tahoe Lake).
But if you are interested in fishing or biking, or wildlife watching, or golfing then summer is the best time.
Obviously, intermediate seasons like Spring (the top season for watching birds in Mono Lake) or Fall also offer plenty of opportunities, without big crowds and with a usually nice and pleasant weather (they are also the cheapest seasons for accommodation).
WHEN NOT TO GO TO THE MAMMOTH LAKES, BISHOP AND MONO LAKE
Mammoth Lakes and Bishop tend to be packed in winter weekends. If possible, avoid the weekends (it's also a way of getting big discounts on accommodation). The week before Christmas is an exceptional time for discounts.
If you want to avoid the crowds, then avoid the Summer, the Winter and holiday months and periods. On weekends, visitors and their cars congest many of the roads and facilities around (in summer months, weekdays are better though also busy).
MAMMOTH LAKES, BISHOP AND MONO LAKE Weather Data
See the weather data for Yosemite Park (Yosemite is very close to Bishop, Mono Lake and Mammoth Lakes region):
Yosemite Weather Map
HOTELS AND FLIGHTS TO THE MAMMOTH LAKES, BISHOP AND MONO LAKE
Mammoth Lakes and Bishop offer plenty of hotels and accommodation. Currently there are no commercial flights to/from Mammoth Lakes, just charter flights.