Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve

Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve

Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve
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Wendy M
Long Beach, California598 contributions
Visiting this site was the main motivator for a 10 day California drive. I'd been wanting to visit and photograph the area for years and was not disappointed. In early June the area was uncrowded and temperatures comfortable. We enjoyed both a noon and sunset visit (as we were staying in Lee Vining) when we were able to catch a fine sunset and great color reflecting on the tufas. Signage showing the historical reach of the lake is interesting and educational as a reminder that we need to focus more on protecting our environment and water supply. Wildlife included deer, violet green swallows and starling as well as fascinating flies that are born underwater! The area is quite other worldly, and I highly recommend to the sightseers and photographers.
Written 25 June 2022
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Susanne T
North Carolina Mountains, NC1,471 contributions
One of the most surreal places in this country I have ever been to.
It is totally worth driving a bit out of your way and the short little trail to the lake and the really cool rock/salt formations.
The lake is like a mirror and I took way to many pictures, but every formation is different from the next.
Written 29 October 2021
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D. Aaronson
Asheville, NC682 contributions
We visited the southern end of the lake. This is just a cool spot to wander around in with the mirror-like lake and the bizarre sculptured tufa. Yeah, you can see it from the highway but it's definitely worth the very short detour to see it up close. The little swarms of alkali flies are fascinating on their own, if you're quiet you can hear them when they move as a group.
Written 9 September 2021
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GoGatorsWayne
Sandy, UT755 contributions
If you are in the area, be sure to check out this lake. Take the interpretive trail and see the rock formations. Well worth a visit.
Written 28 July 2021
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koabug
Honolulu, HI1,622 contributions
the visitor center is at the north end of the lake in Lee Vining and has clean bathrooms and a very nice picnic area to enjoy a meal. Unfortunately, due to the drought the lake has receded and most of the tufts are on land. It was better on the south end of the lake (on the way to Mammoth Lakes). there were quite a few tufts in the water and the birds were more abundant at this location. Both locations have accessible boardwalks and the south end had more parking. photos are from the southern end of the reserve.
Written 4 July 2021
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Priffle
Rio Rico, AZ398 contributions
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Just a short drive from Lee Vining.

Pay at the kiosk or display your National Park Pass on dashboard.

A paved walk down to the Tufa with signs of information along the way.

Once at the beach, enjoy the chilled water on your feet.

The water is silky feeling and it is definitely very salty.

Highly recommend.
Written 26 May 2021
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Dionges1
Los Angeles, CA2,991 contributions
Wanted to visit ever since I saw Huell Howser on PBS TV describing this area. Better than I expected and very few people. Although this is a salt water lake and no fish, it is an Osprey nest area and the Ospreys fly to local fresh water lakes to fish.(Information shared by volunteer workers cleaning up the site.) I also was interested to learn from the information exhibits that tufas form where fresh water springs bubble up from the lake bottom and react with the minerals in the lake.
Written 7 May 2021
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4Bug-a-Boos
Oregon244 contributions
This was just a quick stop on our way through so we didn't get to explore a whole lot, but was worth the stop. The boardwalk walk out to some of the tufts was easy and you get a decent view. It was a nice way to stretch our legs. The restrooms were clean and well stocked. Would love to have been able to explore the area more.
Written 6 May 2021
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Soumen G
Pleasanton, CA100 contributions
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Visiting Mono Lake was not in my agenda as I was told that it is closed either due to California forest fire or COVID-19 restrictions. I was also not aware of its pristine beauty. I was exploring the area for fall color beauty during the last 2 days of October and on my way I discovered the visitor center which was closed as it was told to me earlier. However, I took the small lake access road around 0.5 mile away from the visitor center. It was almost an hour before the sunset. But from the shadows it looked to me that I need to revisit in the morning. Next morning, I did set "south tufa" as my destination but after some point I realised that I am heading to slightly different directions. Since I was running out of time, I corrected the destination as the visitor center and revised the same place. I just missed to capture the drama in the sky - before I could even take out my cellphone, the drama was gone. But still I could take this picture with my cellphone.

On my way back, I attempted to visit the "south tufa" gps destination but the road was closed. It's good that I didn't waste much time before the sunrise - probably a divine connection :)
Written 3 December 2020
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WeAlwaysWAnder
Olympia, WA3,178 contributions
Wow - such an amazing experience to kayak among the Tufa. The water here is more alkaline and salty than the ocean and has such a cool color as a result. Like nothing I ever have seen or experienced. Such a contrast to the area that surrounds it. The Tufa rise above the water and provide a maze for kayaking within. It is a nesting area for Osprey and we could view and photograph them from a safe distance. I highly recommend a visit, even if you do not go out on the water.
Written 1 November 2020
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