Custom Guided Trips

Every visit to Mono Lake is unique, and we want to help you make the most of your visit. We'll work with you to put together a guided trip that matches your schedule and priorities. Want to find a few new bird species for your life list? Hoping to take your family on a private canoe tour? Want to find the more secluded fall color spots for photography? If you've got a trip you'd like to take, we can be your guides!

Due to COVID-19, we are not offering custom guided trips. If you have questions, please contact Lead Naturalist Guide Nora Livingston. For more information about the Mono Lake Committee's operations during COVID-19, please see this page.


natural history

hiking and more

General Information

  • Half-day, full-day, or hourly trips offered
  • Destinations up and down the Eastern Sierra
  • Winter cross-country ski and snowshoe trips
  • We can also add a gourmet lunch in the field

Contact us to begin planning your custom trip

Please email with your approximate date(s) requested, party size, physical limitations, and wishes for your custom trip (i.e. we want to hike volcanoes, or we want to spend the day looking for bird species we've never seen before) and we will work with you to build your ideal itinerary.

Sample itinerary: 4 hour birding tour. Departs from Lee Vining, CA. Meet at 7:30am and drive to the Mono Lake County Park for 2 hours of birding willow habitat and lakeshore. At 9:30am, drive to DeChambeau Ranch and Ponds to bird sagebrush habitat and tall cottonwoods, as well as open water ponds and marsh for 2 hours. Return to Lee Vining at 11:30am.

We look forward to meeting you!


Our trips benefit the operations of the Mono Lake Committee and help fulfill our mission to educate the public about Mono Lake and the impacts on the environment of excessive water use. Sixteen thousand members strong, we work in diverse arenas on the lake's behalf, including public policy, ecological restoration, public education, water conservation, scientific research, and hands-on stewardship.

Member price: $50 per hour (base price for 1-3 people), plus $50 for each additional person

Non-member price: $65 per hour (base price for 1-3 people), plus $65 for each additional person

Become a member today!

For winter trips, cross-country skis and snowshoe rentals are $20 per day, we arrange them for you and your party.

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel three weeks prior to your trip date, we will refund your deposit (less a $50 processing fee). No refunds can be issued for any reason if cancellation is within three weeks of the guided trip date.

A client photographs birds at DeChambeau Ponds. 2016.

The Mono Lake Committee operates guided trips under permits from the Inyo National Forest and the California Department of Parks & Recreation.