Mountain Parking Guide
Mountain Parking Options
Preferred Parking | Paid (Cash Only)
By request, Preferred Parking is now available at all lodges on a first come, first served basis. Preferred Parking gives you easy access to your vehicle throughout the day, making it great for families or those who don't like to set an early alarm. Look for the white and black “Preferred Parking” signs, and for the parking attendant that will take your payment. Your parking space will not be reserved for you if you leave.
General Parking | Free
Each base lodge – Main, Canyon and Eagle Lodges – offers parking areas free of charge. There are also free parking lots available at Chair 4 and Chair 2. Please refer to the parking maps at the bottom of the page.
Overnight Parking | Not Allowed
Overnight parking is prohibited in all parking areas. Violators will be towed or ticketed for obstructing snow removal.
Black Pass Parking Area | Permit Required
Mammoth Black pass holders are offered designated priority parking as part of their exclusive pass holder benefits. A valid Black Pass parking permit must be visible. Violators will be booted and charged a service fee. Learn more about Mammoth Black.
Loading / Unloading in Parking Lots
Guest Drop-Off Zone | Free | 10 Minute Parking
Mammoth guests are welcome to use the guest drop-off zone for easy loading/unloading of belongings and equipment. Follow the orange parking lot signs then park parallel in the drop-off zone while loading/unloading. If you must leave your car unattended, please turn on your hazard lights while away from the vehicle.
Equipment Wagons | Not available due to COVID-19
A supply of wagons is available in the loading zones for use to help transport your gear from the car to the locker rooms and back. Please return wagons to the drop-off zone after use for other guests to enjoy.
Main Lodge Only | Free | Daily, 7AM–5PM
The parking shuttle provides transportation from your car to/from Main Lodge and at all the parking stops along Minaret Rd/Hwy 203. Busses & Shuttles will operate at a reduced capacity during the 20/21 winter season.
The shuttle stops in front of each parking area, designated with a blue flag and lettered sign (A–G), as well as at the Chair 4, Chair 2 & 10 (The Mill) parking lots. The shuttle will only stop if the driver sees people waiting – so make sure you’re visible.
Every 10 minutes, departing from outside the Main Lodge ticket office. Look for the black “Parking Shuttle” sign. Be sure to tell the driver what letter parking area you are going to.
If you need a lift to your car after the parking shuttle stops running, you can jump on the 5:10PM and 5:30PM ESTA Red Line shuttle when in operation (mid-November through mid-April). If the Red Line is not in operation, you can ride the Village shuttle that runs from Main Lodge.
The Village Parking
The Village offers a number of free 2-hour parking spaces, as well as paid parking in the general lot. The Village is also the hub for the free town shuttles, with convenient bus stops for the Red, Blue, Yellow, Purple, Orange, and Green Line routes. Leave your car and shuttle to The Village, where you can easily access shopping, dining, and the slopes via the bus or gondola.
Skip the Parking
Whether you shuttled in from the airport, carpooled with friends, or want to avoid the hassles of a parking lot, you can use utilize these other means of free transit to get around the mountain.
The Village Gondola | Free
Jump on the Village Gondola for a free aerial ride up to Canyon Lodge. Be sure to plan ahead and check the lift & trail status page for real-time updates on gondola operating hours.
ESTA Mountain & Town Shuttle | Free
The Eastern Sierra Transit Authority (ESTA) offers free transportation to the ski area and around town with a dedicated bus line offering service to each base lodge and all around the town of Mammoth Lakes.