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“Fantastic Stay” 5 of 5 stars
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85 Rock Creek Road, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546   |  
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Ranked #21 of 30 hotels in Mammoth Lakes
Lawrenceburg, Kentucky
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“Fantastic Stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2011

I stayed 3-nights at Rock Creek Lodge and enjoyed every minute of my stay. At 9,350 feet, it is a perfect place to acclimate prior to hiking at higher altitude. Just down the road there are several excellent trails to hike. Just steps away from your cabin is a beautiful stream where one can fish all day long. The employees were very friendly. I stopped often to talk to them as they worked the grounds. Everything about my stay was enjoyable. Mammoth Lake city was just a short drive away and so was the city of Bishop but why leave. Bring your food to cook and you never have to leave this paradise resort.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2011

We were there for the week after Christmas. The week prior they had a huge snow storm (10-feet) and when we were there, another 2-feet plus!

They snow-mobiled us up, but many opt for skiing in and out. The staff is very friendly and my 11-year-old loved the camp dog, "Pete." Other familes were staying there and during off times, the kids played chess, board games and went sledding together.

The food was OMG excellent. House-made breads and soups...all splendid. Each night (we stayed 5-days) we thought it was the best meal ever, but then the next night seemed to top the previous.

We stayed in a modern cabin with heater and kitchen and bathroom and loft for the kids. Somewhat plain and indeed "modern," but exceedingly comfortable.

The heavy snows made it an amazing winter-wonderlandin every sense of the word - it was spectacular to be there.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2010

We stayed in one of the old cabins that they called modern cabin #13. It looked out on the parking lot and equipment shed. It was extremely run down. For example the bathroom fixture was hanging loose and I was fearful that it would fall down. The floor in the bathroom was falling apart and the wood was stuffed haphazardly so that you would not get splinters. The whole cabin was dirty. I was glad that I brought a sheet to cover the bedspreads that looked like it wad been there for many years.
The positive was that you are in beautiful hiking country and right beside a creek. Only stay here if you can have one of the new cabins.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2010

For years are friends having been telling us about staying at Rock Creek Lodge in the winter.
We have hiked Little Valley in the summer and it is amazingly beautiful but
always crowded.
This year my husband ask me what I wanted for Valentines Day and I said a stay at Rock Creek Lodge.
He was able to book a rustic cabin only two days prior to the three day weekend.
We snowshoed 15 miles over the weekend and only saw 6 other people.
Rates include breakfast and dinner and both meals were unbelievably good.
Dinner is 4 courses and gourmet but all you can eat.
Our cabin was #6 and right on the creek.
Our friends stayed in #8 which was even more charming for its view.
We will be going again for sure!

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Maria, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2009

We have been talking about going to Rock Creek Lodge for dinner forever. We finally ventured out 2 weeks ago. My husband and I brought our back country skis and skied up to the Lodge ( 30 -45 minutes on wide open cat track) and our two guests took an exhiliarating ride on a snowmobile to the Lodge. We were joined by 30 plus merry people celebrating a birthday. What a great experience. Beautiful and rustic setting. The food was served family style and was delicious. We brought in our own wine and beer but they offered a limited but nice and well-priced selection. We skied out and our friends took the snowmobile back in the dark. I would totally recommend this for an evening for the adventurous or good-spririted types. We all talked about how fun it would be to stay the night. Hopefully we will get to do that another time. We will definitely be back and bring our friends. Note, it is about a 20-30 minute drive outside of Mammoth Lakes. Make reservations and be on time or you will miss out on a memorable evening. This is an entire evening adventure so don't expect to get in and out in an hour, enjoy the experience!!

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sequim, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2008

Important point of information: Rock Creek Lodge is NOT in Mammoth Lakes, which is about a 30 minute drive north. That said, it IS located in Little Lakes Valley (turn west off Hwy. 395 at Toms Place), a spectacular alpine area with pristine Rock Creek running the length of it. The Valley opens as you travel up the road and ends about 4-5 miles (perhaps more) off Hwy. 395 nestled around 10,000 feet with soul-satisfying views of the eastern Sierras and wonderful hiking. I don't fish but do note that the anglers look happy. It is more remote than Mammoth.

We've stayed twice at Rock Creek Lodge, most recently in June, 2007, in a small "modern" cabin. The accommodations were modest, one small sleeping room with a wood stove, small kitchen with the basics, and a marginal bathroom with toilet, sink, tiny shower, and a soft spot in the floor that was tough to avoid. Lighting was a bare bulb with pull chain.

A previous stay was in a rustic cabin, across the road from the toilet, and a short walk from the shower room.

We ate all our dinners in the Lodge dining room during our most recent stay and were pleased with fairly sophisticated fare and equally good desserts. It was a real highlight after a day outdoors.

To avoid disappointment, Rock Creek Lodge is not a place to go if you have high expectations or measure value against other establishments. It is rustic and basic. What you get is a central location nestled into God's pocket. Walk a short distance from any cabin up the valley and you're in a lush meadow surrounded by granite peaks. Or just settle down next to Rock Creek, which runs through the property, and take in an achingly satisfying piece of nature.

It's not a budget location, but as a year round operation in a national forest, some distance from anywhere, I would guess that it's not easy to make a profit. My main quibble is that they charge $15 per day for dogs. Since guests are expected to clean up after them, which we always do, and sweep up before leaving, it seems like a gouge for the privilege of simply having the dog along.

Little Lakes Valley/Rock Creek has camping, there is another (summer only, no dogs) lodging operation, and one or two companies will rent and deliver trailers. But if you want a clean bed, a roof over your head, a little protection from cold nights, and to bring along the pooch, this is just about the only game around. It's the location that's the draw and in my humble opinion the area is incomparable.

  • Liked — Location, location, location!
  • Disliked — Pet fee seems excessive
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2007

This place is fantastic! It is at 9,400 feet, and they snowmobile you in as the roads are not plowed. We had a modern cabin, which was very basic but clean. You need to bring your own towels and sheets (or a sleeping bag) because there are no laundry facilities. Do not expect hotel service, you're in the mountains-you need to be self-sufficient. Come prepared to relax and enjoy the serenity of the backcountry, cross-country ski, snowshoe, etc. The staff is great, very laid back, down-to-earth and accomodating. The food was wonderful-always a four-course meal at dinner, eaten family style. We couldn't have had a better time and can't wait to return!

  • Liked — The location
  • Disliked — Tiny shower, but who am I to complain?
  • Tips/Secrets — Get a modern cabin, and remember to bring sheets and towels. No city attitudes, you're way up in the mountains! Be self-sufficient.
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 85 Rock Creek Road, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Location: United States > California > Mammoth Lakes
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