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Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve

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Like Another World

The south shore of Mono Lake, where you can see the most tufas, is like going to another world... read more

Reviewed 26 October 2018
Santa Maria, California
Fabulous and fascinating

The tufa structures around Mono Lake are fascinating. The tallest ones are probably the most... read more

Reviewed 21 October 2018
Sacramento, California
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Reviewed 26 October 2018

The south shore of Mono Lake, where you can see the most tufas, is like going to another world. Reading about how these features form is fascinating. The trail is well marked and you can walk up close and take pictures. Mono Lake is a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank SMGrandma
Reviewed 21 October 2018 via mobile

The tufa structures around Mono Lake are fascinating. The tallest ones are probably the most impressive and most visited, but the structures at Black Point are also of interest and especially beautiful at sunset. The sand tufas are small marvels. Sadly they are not well...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Michelelabelle
Reviewed 20 October 2018

Worthwhile stop just off 395 with many foto opportunities. Was not crowded and had minimal entry fee.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank tornillo2015
Reviewed 20 October 2018

Visited here by chance so glad we did,amazing place,the views of the lake and quality of light was beautiful. Lots of birds to see,and water creatures like nothing else I have seen before,take a visit you will not be diserpointed!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Rosalyn B
Reviewed 19 October 2018

The Mono Lake Tufa SNR is a gem of a place. Every time we're in the Yosemite area, we make sure to make a stop here and hike the easy 1 mi. RT trail to the bizarre tufa formations. We simply can't get enough of...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Jeremiah Z
Reviewed 16 October 2018 via mobile

This is a place you definitely should go. It’s lovely especially in the morning or later afternoon when you see the Tufa stone formations in different coloured light. Take a rest and let your imagination flow.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank La E
Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

Interesting place, fair entry fee and friendly person at entry. Kids loved it too. Look for the tiny, almost transparent shrimp in the water!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank nelolo
Reviewed 7 October 2018

Tufas (limestone columns that form when calcium-rich springs shoot up from under water and mix with carbonate-rich waters) are a unique phenomenon found at Northern California’s Mono Lake. One of the best places to see tufas close-up is along the South Tufa Trail in the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank BruinDan
Reviewed 18 September 2018 via mobile

We had never heard of a tufa, but really enjoyed wandering around them at sunset. The birds, beach and beautiful sky and lake were magical. At 7:30 PM a ranger, Karen, led us on a fun discovery of the night sky. She was so knowledgeable...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank h0mefree2
Reviewed 14 September 2018 via mobile

Spent a few hours exploring Mono Lake and found it very unique and beautiful. The county park was also a great place for birdwatching. Highly recommend if you are in the area.

Date of experience: September 2018
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There is NO fee! Donations are accepted. Your lucky day is ahead.