Directions From the North
Getting here using your phone directions - put in Mono Hot Springs zip code is 93642, this will get you to Mono Hot Springs which is about 5 miles away from us. It is simple from here, just follow the single lane road and signage to the resort.
PLEASE READ OR PRINT THE FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS - this will assist you, and make the trip more enjoyable.
If you are coming from the North, heading south on Hwy 99, you can save approximately one hour by cutting off at Madera.
As you come into Madera heading south, the second main exit is Cleveland Ave. At the stop light at Cleveland, turn left and you will come back across Hwy 99. Then you will cross the light at Golden State Ave. Then you will cross the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks. The road is a little confusing at this point because it veers to the right, then again to the left. Just stay on Cleveland through Madera approximately 1 1/2 miles and it will sweep right and to a "Stop" sign at Yosemite Ave. (Hwy 145).
Turn left and stay on Hwy 145. You will come to a stop light at Hwy 41 and the sign will read left to Yosemite and Oakhurst and to the right Fresno. Do not turn, just cross Hwy 41 on to the next stop sign which will be Road 206.
Turn right and after a couple of miles you will see Friant Dam on your left and then you will cross the San Joaquin River. The road will end at the community of Friant. There's a Shell Station and Pizza Factory here in case you need gas or food.
Turn left and follow Millerton Road past the Millerton State Park entrance. You will see Lake Millerton on your left. Continuing on Millerton Road you will see a large golf course on the right then the Table Mountain Casino on the left. Continue until the road ends at Auberry Road. On your left is Millerton store.
Turn left and continue up Auberry Road approximately nine miles to the community of Prather. Auberry road ends at Hwy 168 (at the stop sign).
Prather is a good rest stop. There is a Chevron station, Canyon Fork Super Market, Longs Drug Store, Ace Hardware, Velasco's (an excellent Mexican food restaurant), a Foster Freeze drive in and Bill's Pizza Factory (a great place for a pizza).
Continuing from Prather:
From Prather, take Hwy 168 to the next stop sign.
Turn left and head up the famous "4-lane" for approximately eight miles. Then 168 narrows down again. You will go by Cressman's Store and Texaco Gas Station. This will be the cheapest place to buy gas after you leave the valley.
Continue up Hwy 168 approximately six miles to Shaver Lake, which has several stores and shops (also a nice rest stop). One we recommend is Bob's Blue Sky Cafe - good coffee, espresso, crepes and breakfast!
Continue up Hwy 168 20 miles and you will pass China Peak Ski Resort. As you come into Huntington Lake you will see the sign to Edison Lake (20 miles after crossing Rancheria Creek). Huntington Lake is the last chance for gas or diesel.
Turn right towards Edison Lake (on the Kaiser Pass road) and head up. The road is a good two lane road for approximately six miles.
Suddenly, every thing changes. This is the point you will realize why we have a T-Shirt made in honor of a road. The road is safe but can be intimidating. At this point don't be in a hurry. Remember you are on vacation and this is not a timed event. The road narrows to one lane and becomes very winding. After a couple of miles you will go over Kaiser Pass, 9128' elevation.
Continue and after a few miles you will see the back country and the start of the San Joaquin drainage which appears much like Yosemite, but without the cars, traffic, or people. Continue on past a little lake called Portal Forebay. Soon you will pass the US Forest Service High Sierra Ranger Station. This is another good rest stop with restroom facilities. Approximately one more mile you will come to a Y in the road. The right fork goes to Florence Lake and the left goes to Mono Hot Springs and Edison Lake.
You will continue going down hill to the left and cross the San Joaquin River to Mono Hot Springs 6500'. Now you will be heading up hill again through some steep and winding turns. After a couple of miles it will level off and you will be through the tough part.
Continue on to Edison Lake and turn left at the sign at the dam. You will see a sign that says "Vermilion Valley Resort™ 2 miles". Cross the dam and look to your left and you can make out and see the road, and from whence came you. When you come to the end of the asphalt do not continue straight, as this is the So. CA Edison Maintenance Rd. - you will need to jog to the left onto the dirt road. At this point you are 1.7 miles from the VVR. There should be a sign marking this - but they can disappear. Follow the road to the Resort and come on in. We'll have a cold one ready for you.
Resort Schedule - Closed
Resupply Boxes accepted and available for pickup
June 1st 2017
Ferry begins operation
June 15th 2017
June 9th 2017
October 9th, 2017
Currently running with the Medium sized boat. The Big boat will begin runs around the middle of June.