“Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”

- John Muir

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Make the friendly town of Lee Vining your vacation headquarters for discovering what the east side of the Sierra Mountain Range has to offer.



Mono Lake, Bodie (official California state ghost town), Yosemite National Park, Lee Vining Canyon, Lundy Lake, June Lake, Mammoth Lakes, and more.



To wide open spaces, tall peaks, waterfalls, lakes, fresh air, fall colors, epic sunrises, and wildlife.


Mono Lake - "Frost and fire working together in the making of beauty," is how John Muir described the Mono Basin. You too will be entranced by the strange but delicate tufa towers, spacious vistas, broad sandy beaches, and flocks of birds. Swimming in the dense, salty water is a delightfully bouyant experience. The best spots to visit are South Tufa and Mono Lake County Park. The State Reserve, US Forest Service, and Mono Lake Committee offer free public tours daily throughout the summer.

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Lundy Lake - Fishermen and hikers alike fall in love with this spot from the first visit and return year after year. Come for a casual stroll or picnic, or begin your bigger adventure into the wilderness from the trailhead at the end of Lundy Road.


Bodie Ghost Town - Bodie is real wild west. In the 1870s it boasted 10,000 people, three breweries, and dozens of saloons and dance halls. There was more gambling, drinking, and shooting than any other mining camp. Those lawless days come alive as you wander through its deserted buildings. Bodie is considered to be the best, and most well-preserved, historic ghost town in the country just 45 minutes from Lee Vining.

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Virginia Lakes - take a left turn off Highway 395 at the top of Conway summit, and head to this pristine spot for fishing, hiking, camping, and more. this is a photographer’s paradise at every season.


Mono Craters - The Mono Basin Scenic Area is full of geological wonders, and these spectacular young volcanoes look ready to erupt at any moment. The craters range in age from 600 to 40,000 years old. Panum Crater, on the south shore of Mono Lake, is easily accessible by car.


Yosemite National Park - You'll never forget the alpine scenery along the Scenic Byway from Lee Vining to Yosemite National Park. In only twelve miles, Hwy 120 climbs to Tioga Pass at almost 10,000 feet, then winds past lakes, meadows, and forests to Yosemite Valley. Trout-filled lakes and streams abound. Spend a few days exploring the Mono Basin before traveling into the park. Hwy 120 is usually open from late spring through late fall. Please check current road conditions here.

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Lee Vining Creek Canyon and Tioga Pass - epic fishing, spectacular hiking, photographers dream - this little gem is often overlooked by visitors on their way to and from Yosemite, but we would recommend making a few stops along the way to discover what it offers. You won’t regret it!

Please visit the Mono County Tourism website HERE for more information about places to see and things to do in Mono County!

Find your own special spot to hike, explore, fish, camp, relax, read, BREATHE, etc……….


Kayaking and Paddle boarding - Bring your own Kayaks or boards, or rent one or take a tour. Experience the quiet of Mono Lake as water meets sky…..


Photography - For photographers of all skill levels the varied and scenic beauty of the Mono Basin offers endless opportunities. The Lee Vining region has everything from glacier-clad mountains and aspen-lined streams to ghost towns and tufa towers.


Fall Colors - From greens to yellows to oranges to reds, late September into most of October, the Fall Colors on the east side of the Sierra Mountain Range are like nowhere else. Canyons and creek beds are painted with the colors of fall. Timing is everything, so please check out our weekly fall color report on this site - it can easily change from year to year.


Camping - You'll never find campsites more beautiful than those in Lee Vining and Lundy Canyons and along the June Lake Loop. Numerous campgrounds are maintained by the Forest Service and Mono County.


Fishing - Try your luck along Lee Vining, Rush, or Mill creeks, at Ellery, Tioga, Saddlebag or Lundy lakes. Wherever you go, you'll find scores of lakes and streams stocked with trout. Lee Vining shops have bait, tackle ... and the latest information on where the fish are biting.


Birdwatching - A major stopover on the pacific flyway, Mono Lake hosts over 98 species of water birds and hosts the annual Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua every June. The diversity of habitats in the surrounding area creates a wide range of birding opportunities. Visit us in the summer and fall for the best birdwatching.


Winter Fun - Make Lee Vining your headquarters for skiing, snowmobiling, ice climbing, and winter recreation. The region is a cross-country skier's paradise. Nearby June Mountain's downhill runs delight novice and expert alike. Winter rates are lower than those at other ski resorts. Most highways, with the exception of 120 and 108, are open year round.