Mono County is a county located in the east central portion of the U.S. state of California, to the east of the Sierra Nevada between Yosemite National Park and Nevada. As of the 2010 census, the population was 14,202, up from 12,853 at the 2000 census. The county seat is Bridgeport.
The only incorporated town in the county is Mammoth Lakes, which is located at the foot of Mammoth Mountain. Other locations, such as June Lake, are also famous as skiing and fishing resorts. Located in the middle of the county is Mono Lake, a vital habitat for millions of migratory and nesting birds. The lake is located in a wild natural setting, with pinnacles of tufa arising out of the salty and alkaline lake.
The county is named after Mono Lake which, in 1852, was named for a Native American Paiute tribe, the Mono people, that inhabited the Sierra Nevada from north of Mono Lake to Owens Lake. The tribe's western neighbors, the Yokuts, called them monachie meaning "fly people" because fly larvae was their chief food staple and trading article. Archeologists know almost nothing about the first inhabitants of the county, but the Kuzedika had been there many generations by the time the first anglophones arrived. The Kuzedikas were hunter-gatherers and their language is a part of the Shoshone language.