Updated June 7, 2024

As we shift from winter to spring in Mono County, it’s not always clear what roads, activities, and attractions are open or not. Conditions can quickly in the mountains and as such, we will update this blog periodically this spring - so please check back.

Winter 2023-2024 is officially above average for snow water content. This is wonderful news for the spring, summer, and fall ahead. The more water, the better for fishing, wildflowers, waterfalls, and fall colors. 

Even though we had a very healthy winter, we thankfully do not expect any major impacts from snow this spring. We believe most, if not all, lakes will be ice-free in the next few weeks, we are optimistic that many roads will reopen from winter closures late May/early June, and we know many lower elevation hiking trails will be ready to hit very soon. 

Please scroll through for important information regarding visiting June Lake beach, Reds Meadow, Devils Postpile, and Yosemite National Park this summer as well as current conditions for roads and lakes. 

For questions and updates on activities not included here, or anything else, please call us at (800) 845-7922 (Monday through Friday 8am-5pm) or email tourism@mono.ca.gov.

Finally, be sure to follow Mono County Tourism on Facebook and Instagram for the most up-to-date conditions and road reopening announcements, too.

Important Changes for Summer 2024

Reds Meadow & Devils Postpile

Reds Meadow Road is being reconstructed to greatly improve public access and traffic safety for all who visit the area.

The re-opened on Friday, June 7 at 12:00pm. The mandatory ESTA Shuttle Bus will still be required to access Reds Meadow and Devils Postpile. 

June 7 through September 15

Friday 9:00am through Sunday 11:00pm: OPEN
Reds Meadow Road will be OPEN Friday mornings at 9:00 AM until Sunday evenings at 7:00 PM with the last ESTA Shuttle Bus, with delays up to 30 minutes possible.
Exception: opening day of June 7, the road will open at 12:00 PM.

Sunday 11:00pm through Friday 9:00am: CLOSED
Reds Meadow Road will be CLOSED 24 hours per day for construction work Sunday at 11:00 PM through Friday morning at 9:00 AM.

Holiday weekends:

Independence Day Weekend: OPEN Wednesday July 3 at 12:00 PM - Sunday July 7 at 7:00 PM
Labor Day Weekend: OPEN Friday August 30 at 9:00 AM - Monday September 2 at 7:00 PM

September 16 through the TBD Winter Closure Date - To Be Announced

For more information on campgrounds, wilderness permits, Reds Meadow Resort and Pack Station, and the TBD schedule starting September 16th, please visit the Inyo National Forest website

Yosemite National Park

A reservation will be required to drive into or through Yosemite National Park on some days from April 13 through October 27 between 5:00am and 4:00pm as follows:

  • April 13 through June 30: A reservation is required from 5:00am to 4:00pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and on holidays (May 27 and June 19).
  • July 1 through August 16: A reservation is required from 5:00am to 4:00pm every day.
  • August 17 through October 27: A reservation is required from 5:00am to 4:00pm pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays (September 2 and October 14).

Learn more about Yosemite National Park’s Peak Hour Reservation System by visiting https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/reservations.htm

To make a reservation for Yosemite National Park, please visit www.recreation.gov.

June Lake Beach

Starting Friday, April 26, the Inyo National Forest will implement a new day use fee for beach-goers. The $10 per vehicle daily pass and $50 seasonal pass will be available for purchase at the June Lake Kiosk. Learn more by visiting https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/inyo/recarea/?recid=20560

Road Conditions

These are general road conditions; mostly an update for roads that close seasonally with snow. Please always check weather and road conditions before travel to Mono County as things can change quickly.

Caltrans Road Information - check state highway road conditions using the numbers below. 

  • Highway 270 to Bodie State Historic ParkOPEN (5/10/24)
  • Tioga Pass (120 W) (from US 395 to East Entrance of Yosemite National Park): SR 120 W in Mono County is open, from US 395 to the East entrance of Yosemite National Park. Tioga Road, the continuation of 120 through Yosemite National Park will re-open Monday, June 10th at 10am. For Tioga Road updates, please visit https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/tioga.htm
  • Monitor Pass (89): OPEN
  • Sonora Pass (108): OPEN (5/16/24)
  • June Lake Loop (158): OPEN (fully reopened 4/9/24)
  • Highway 167: open (Nevada Road Conditions)
  • Highway 6: open (Nevada Road Conditions)
  • Highway 182: open (Nevada Road Conditions)
  • Highway 120 E (Mono Mills to Benton Crossing Road): OPEN
  • Highway 203 to Minaret Vista: closed
  • Highway 203 past Mammoth Mountain, and Reds Meadow Road (Minaret Vista to Devils Postpile and Reds Meadow and Rainbow Falls): LIMTIED ACCESS for summer 2024. Projected to open Friday, June 7th. Please check NPS./gov/depo for updates and mandatory shuttle information.
  • Lake Mary Road and roads within the Mammoth Lakes Basin: OPEN (5/31/24)
  • Mono County Road Information: please follow the link for Mono County roads, including Benton Crossing Road, Upper and Lower Rock Creek Road, Virginia Lakes Road, Lundy Lake Road, Saddlebag Lake Road, Buckeye Road. 

Lakes & Streams

Regular fishing season started on Saturday, April 27.

Rock Creek Lake & Rock Creek

  • Road is open all the way to the Mosquito Flat Trailhead. 
  • Lake is snow and ice-free. 

Crowley Lake

  • Snow and ice-free.
  • For more information, please visit Crowley Lake Fish Camp’s website.

Convict Lake

  • Snow and ice-free.

Hot Creek

  • Open year-round. 

Mammoth Lakes Basin: Lake Mamie, Lake Mary, Lake George, Twin Lakes 

  • Lake Mary Road and the Mammoth Lakes Basin is open as of 5/31/24.
  • Twin Lakes Campground has reopened. For update information on Lakes Basin Campgrounds, please visit the Vista Recreation Facebook page. 

June Lake Loop: June Lake, Gull Lake, Silver Lake, Grant Lake, Rush Creek

  • All lakes are open, snow and ice-free. 

Ellery Lake, Tioga Lake, Saddlebag Lake 

  • 120 W in Mono County is open as of 5/16/24. We haven't driven up yet, but these lakes are likely frozen.
  • Tioga Pass is still closed - there is no access to Yosemite National Park from 120 W in Mono County.  
  • Yosemite National Park typically starts plowing Tioga Road (120 in the park) on April 15th, but the road may not be fully reopened until late-May/June. No projected opening date at this time.  
  • Saddlebag Lake is open and still partially frozen.

Lundy Lake

Upper & Lower Virginia Lakes

  • Road and Resort is open! 

Upper & Lower Twin Lakes – Bridgeport

  • Both lakes are snow and ice-free. 
  • 3/27 Upper Twin video, Lower Twin video
  • Road is open to Mono Village.

Bridgeport Reservoir

  • Snow and ice-free.