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Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve

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Highway 395, Lee Vining, CA 93541
+1 760-647-6331
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Wild formations

Stopped here on our way to Yosemite and we were happy we did. Neat formations and the volunteers... read more

Reviewed yesterday
lubesdad
Never seen anything like it

We were here early in the morning and the visitor centre wasn’t open yet but you can go down to... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Anne B
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Highway 395, Lee Vining, CA 93541
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Reviewed yesterday

Stopped here on our way to Yosemite and we were happy we did. Neat formations and the volunteers around the lake were very informative.

Thank lubesdad
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We were here early in the morning and the visitor centre wasn’t open yet but you can go down to another parking area beside the lake and walk over to see the Tufa a bit closer, they’re so unusual. Down by the waters edge were...More

Thank Anne B
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The Tufa State Park located just outside Lee Vining has nicely done interpretive displays, very cool geologic features (the tufa), and nice walking paths. It was a great little side adventure to my stay in the Sierra!

Thank Amy G
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Reviewed 5 days ago

cool little spot to visit off Hwy 395!! it's pretty close to the road so you can do a quick visit for photos...offers great views of the lake itself..if you're lucky enough to be around at sunrise...the photo ops then are spectacular....

Thank Joe A
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We count ourselves fortunate that we had a friend who took us back here when we made the mistake of seeing only the visitors center and driving away. As we got out of our car, a collection of fascinating shapes in all sizes near the...More

Thank Jcwill5
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped briefly here to see and read about the Tufa. An interesting spot for a stroll. Be aware you are expected to pay to park.

Thank Billy_WizzKent
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Reviewed 13 July 2018

We stopped here on our way to Yosemite NP. The tufa formations are beyond description and this is one of the best places to see them. From the parking lot, you can see the lake and the tufa towers in the distance. It's a short...More

Thank Rebecca L
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Reviewed 11 July 2018

My husband and I stayed 2 nights in Lee Vining while hiking along Tioga Road in Yosemite NP and were surprised by the unique beauty of Mono Lake. Unfortunately, we only had time to visit the Old Marina, stroll by the lake shore, and do...More

Thank pingaroo
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Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

Mono lake is a must see in a Mammoth lakes trip. Summer guided tour trips are a great intro to the local geology and water management. Great for adults and kids. Beautiful for photos and educational.

Thank Triangletravel
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Reviewed 9 July 2018

The tufa along 395 two miles north of Lee Vining is beautiful, unique and has easy access. The Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center (just on the northern outskirts of Lee Vining) gives a very good tutorial on how the tufa was formed. But make...More

Thank steveherrick46
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Eldarwen333
15 August 2017|
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Response from doctorbobster | Reviewed this property |
In short: No. Not even the National Park Service season pass is accepted. But, Mono Lake is a place of special beauty and can be explored in several areas around the lake.
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