Tufa along the shore of Mono Lake with bright green marsh vegetation in the foreground.

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 Navy Beach at Mono Lake. Weekend South Tufa tours led by Mono Lake Committee staff will resume on Friday, September 17—reserve your spot today.

Please note that fire restrictions are still in place for all public and private lands in Mono County. Stage II fire restrictions remain in place on the Inyo, which means no campfires, even in developed recreation sites. Visitors with a valid California Campfire permit may use a portable stove or lantern using gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel.

The Inyo National Forest is in Stage II fire restrictions. No campfires are permitted anywhere on forest lands, but a portable stove with pressurized liquid fuel is permitted with a campfire permit.

The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest will reopen dispersed camping areas, including the Carson Iceberg and Hoover wilderness areas on Friday, September 17, at 12:00pm.

The Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore remains open every day 9:00am to 5:00pm—stop in anytime for the latest conditions and to make the most of your visit to the area. You can also contact us by email or phone at (760) 647-6595.

Top photo courtesy of Sandra Noll.