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Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve

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Unique place for recreation and inspiration

This is a place you definitely should go. It’s lovely especially in the morning or later afternoon... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
La E
Lenzburg, Switzerland
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Fascinating, also for kids

Interesting place, fair entry fee and friendly person at entry. Kids loved it too. Look for the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Reviewed 3 days ago 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.

Thank La E
Reviewed 5 days ago 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!

Thank nelolo
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank BruinDan
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

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.

Thank baltimoremary_12
Reviewed 13 September 2018 via mobile

We have traveled past Mono Lake many times on trips to other destinations. Finally we took some time to drive down to see the lake and we were very happy we did. The Tufa’s were cool, and we met some folks who enjoyed a dip...More

Thank Adam A
Reviewed 12 September 2018

I have never seen structures of this type and was amazed. We arrived about 1 hour before sunset and saw a bunch of photographers awaiting the sky turning. It was a nice, short walk to the tufas and you can walk around the sandy trails....More

Thank TLusi
Reviewed 11 September 2018 via mobile

Arrived about an hour and a half before sunset. So the lighting was great for some awesome photos. The Tufas are like stalagmites above ground or termite mounds. Strange and beautiful with a lake and mountains as a backdrop.🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Thank Norb G
Reviewed 10 September 2018 via mobile

The kid was fascinated by the formations and the flies. The lake was worth the extra 30 minute drive from Yosemite. It looked different from my last visit in the 90s and I'm sure will look different in a few years.

Thank prestoninaj
Reviewed 7 September 2018

You'll never visit another lake like this one. It really is one-of-a kind. There's an excellent visitor center, there are tours, bird walks and you can take a canoe tour with the Mono Lake Committee.

Thank LindaE1777
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There is NO fee! Donations are accepted. Your lucky day is ahead.