Hayden Cabin

Come and experience the rich cultural heritage of Mammoth Lakes, CA. Peek into a historic log cabin featuring mining implements and exhibits, photographs and intriguing memorabilia from the area’s early decades.

Located along the banks of Mammoth Creek, the Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin is considered the only local history museum for Mammoth Lakes. The Hayden Cabin is a hand built log structure that was constructed between 1927-1937 and was made entirely from local materials. Margaret and Emmett Hayden received a permit from the National Forest Service land it stands on. Emmett was an engineer and surveyor, but dreamed of being a hunting and fishing guide.  Although it was a Forest Service summer cabin permit, Emmett and Margaret ran it as a hunting and fishing lodge.

This four room log cabin has many original furnishings that decorate the kitchen and living room. There are two rooms of the depression era Hayden Cabin, authentically decorated with original hand made furnishings, photos, maps, trophies, and other personal belongings.  Emmett was a noted map maker.  The Hayden Map Company was the first commercial enterprise dedicated to making maps in the Eastern Sierra.  The Hayden's spent summers in Mammoth Lakes and winters in Glendale in southern California.

This institution is equal opportunity provider. This program is operated under special use permit with the Inyo National Forest along with its partners the County of Mono and the Town of Mammoth Lakes.


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Latitude: 37.635407 Longitude: -118.962842 Elevation: 7821 ft
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Seasons Open

Memorial Day weekend to the end of September annually (closed in winter).

Hours Open

10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily


A $5.00 per person donation is suggested and memberships are encouraged!

Eco-Friendly Notes

The museum sits in a park-like setting with picnic tables and Mammoth Creek nearby for fishing.  Connected to the Mammoth Lakes town bike trail system. There is a geocache nearby.  

ADA Accessibility Notes

Access is available for those who park on the lawn and enter through the kitchen.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets should be leashed on the museum grounds per the Town of Mammoth Lakes and the U.S. Forest Service leash laws. Service animals only are welcome inside the museum.


Don't miss this little gem of a historic museum right in the heart of Mammoth Lakes!

Barbara Richter, 7/21/2016

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