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Mono Basin fall color update

The fall colors keep getting better and better! The Tioga Pass area and Conway Summit are at their peak color now—visit in the next few days to enjoy these spectacular spots. Lundy Canyon is looking beautiful, with green leaves closer…

Mono Basin campgrounds closing for the season soon

As fall sets in, the campgrounds in the Mono Basin begin to close for the season. Campgrounds open, with estimated closing dates: Lundy Canyon (closing November 15) Aspen (no water after October 3) Lower Lee Vining (closing November 8) Big…

Inyo National Forest has reopened

The Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region, which includes the Inyo National Forest, has announced that it will reopen most forests on Thursday, September 16. On Thursday, all lands, trails, and roads will open on the Inyo, including South Tufa and…

Inyo National Forest temporarily closed

The Inyo National Forest, including sites at Mono Lake, is closed as of 11:59pm on Tuesday, August 31, and will remain closed through at least September 17, 2021. The closure includes all campgrounds, all day-use sites, all trails, all roads,…

Increased fire restrictions in Mono County

Due to the serious fire activity throughout California, the Inyo National Forest has issued Stage II fire restrictions. Other Mono County fire restrictions are also in effect. This means: No campfires, wood fires, or charcoal fires Campfires and charcoal grills…

Enjoy a self-guided tour of South Tufa from anywhere

If you’re looking to get the most our of your trip to Mono Lake, a visit to South Tufa is a must. The otherworldly tufa towers combined with the stunning high desert landscape and abundant birdlife makes this area truly…

Camp like a pro in the Eastern Sierra

Stay in an established campground Staying in an established campground is the best way to protect our public lands from fires, trash, and trampling. With more than 160 serviced campgrounds in Inyo and Mono counties, this is your best bet…
Wildfire flames and plume of smoke along the shore of Mono Lake in the distance with a truck driving down a contry road towards the fire.

Fire restrictions in effect on public land

On Monday, May 24, the Inyo National Forest and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Bishop Field Office announced Stage 1 fire restrictions effective on all federal lands under their jurisdiction due to very high fire danger, drought conditions, extremely dry vegetation,…
Six kids swimming in Mono Lake, with one kid floating on their back with goggles on, while surrounded by tufa rocks and with tufa towers in the distance.

8: The future of Mono Lake

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” John Muir Everyone benefits when there is water in Mono Lake—from Los Angeles residents who rely on Mono Basin streams for some…