Visit Mono Lake


Visit Mono Lake

Come visit Mono Lake, located on Highway 395, 13 miles east of Yosemite National Park, near the town of Lee Vining, California.

Due to COVID-19, Mono County is currently discouraging visitation from outside the area because our small, rural healthcare facilities cannot withstand an influx of visitors who may need care. Please stay home, stay healthy, and we'll see you back here when it is safe to travel. For more about the Mono Lake Committee's operations during COVID-19, please see this page.

south shore of Mono Lake

One of the oldest lakes in the western hemisphere, Mono Lake is hauntingly beautiful, reflecting the snow-capped Sierra Nevada in its shimmering blue waters. An immense inland sea, the 70 square-mile lake fills a natural basin, 700 square-miles in size. Together with nearby volcanoes, ghost towns and trout-filled streams, this area is a natural wonderland for the entire family.

The Lee Vining Chamber of Commerce is housed at the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore on the corner of Highway 395 and Third Street, in the town of Lee Vining, and our staff can answer questions about life in Mono County, lodging, dining, and services in Lee Vining. The Committee Information Center has been the place to start your exploration of the Mono Basin for over forty years. We'll show you where to bird, ski, swim, hike, rent a room, visit a museum, or find dinner. Stop by to check up on the status of Mono Lake, view the free Mono Lake Story film, or learn about special programs offered in the Mono Basin and Yosemite. Our experienced staff are always on hand to answer your questions about Mono Lake's natural and political history.

To find more information on the Mono Lake area, click on the links on the top of the page. Click here to order books and maps about the area for your visit.

"An invitation: To explore, befriend and learn from Mono Lake...
to walk its beaches, float on its waters and climb its volcanoes...
to ponder what our children should inherit...
—David Gaines, co-founder, Mono Lake Committee


Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore


Travel Resources

Weather and Road Conditions

Yosemite National Park Info

Camping Map

Directions to Lee Vining

Eastern Sierra Birding Trail

Eastern Sierra links

Mono County Ridesharing

Sierra Nevada Geotourism

Logo for YARTS (Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System).  Subtitle on logo: Public Transit to Yosemite


Take a Field Seminar at Mono Lake!