Visiting Mono Lake County Park

Welcome to Mono Lake County Park! County Park features a boardwalk that leads through the Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve to the lake, offering stunning views and birding in a variety of habitats! The county-operated portion of the park also has a shaded lawn, picnic tables, a playground and public restrooms. For directions to County Park, click here.

County Park Boardwalk
County Park boardwalk. Photo by Erv Nichols

Walk along the path to find the start of the boardwalk, which winds through a productive marshland habitat before reaching the lake shore. As you’re walking, look for signs that indicate past lake levels, and show how Mono Lake has changed over the years.

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Keep your eyes peeled for Red-winged Blackbirds perched in the willows. Photo by Nora Livingston.
You may also see violet green swallows sitting atop of tufa towers. Photo by Sandra Noll
You may also see Violet-green Swallows sitting atop tufa towers.
Photo by Sandra Noll.

Once you reach the end of the boardwalk, you will have a phenomenal panoramic view of Mono Lake and be able to observe many birds swimming in the lake, feeding on the shore, and sitting on the exposed tufa towers.

View of Mono lake from County Park
View of Mono Lake from County Park. Photo by Grace Aleman.

During the summer, take a free guided bird walk to learn about and see some of the hundreds of species that are found in the region. Bird walks meet at the County Park parking lot every Friday and Sunday at 8:00am in the summer. See the Calendar link for more information.

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American Avocets are one of many birds that visit Mono Lake to feed. Photo by Sandra Noll.

County Park has also been the setting of important displays of activism. State budget cuts threatened closing state parks–including the boardwalk through the Mono Lake State Reserve below Mono Lake’s County Park–as well as many interpretive programs that teach visitors about Mono Lake. Mono Lake Committee members and friends gathered at the County Park boardwalk during the annual Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua to show their support for California State Parks.

A crowd gathers at County Park to show their support for California state parks. Photo by Arya Degenhardt
A crowd gathers at County Park to show their support for keeping Mono Lake’s stat park open. Photo by Arya Degenhardt.