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Mono Lake Tufa Reserve, Lee Vining

Categories: State Parks, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.6/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web
Visit the intriguing Mono Lake Tufa Reserve, around a lake which has no outlet. Just outside Yosemite National Park, the lake collects salt, supporting an unusual ecosystem. Brine shrimp thrive in the waters, and they attract migratory birds. Admire the otherworldly tufa towers, which are limestone formations that look like fairy castles rising from the clear water. A conservation committee that formed to protect the area offers seminars, traditional tours, and guided canoeing and bird watching jaunts. Visit the committee's website to check the tour calendar and book a spot. Put Mono Lake Tufa Reserve into our Lee Vining vacation route planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Lee Vining.
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  • A short roundabout walk to the Mono lake. The water combined with the surrounding desert and the Tufas were amazing. Make sure you bring exact change as you have to deposit 3 dollars a person ( in the...  read more »
  • If you visit Mono Lake, you must see the tufa formations. Excellent interpretive displays explain how these unique formations came to be. There is a day fee, and exploring the paths through the format...  read more »
  • Beautiful Lake from which protrude Tuff rocks. The show and a nice feel like being on the moon. Not far away there is a runway walk that takes you between statues of salt. At the end of tioga road continued north to get to the Lake.
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  • Extraordinary place. We came here to photograph sunrise and it was by far one of the most beautiful I have ever witnessed. Super thick mudd made getting to the shoreline a bit challenging. Cool rock formations called Tufa towers lined the shores, lots of birds, lush grass marshes, wildflowers. Beautiful lake.
  • Well taken care of, but naturally gross. It's nature, you can't really rate nature sooooooo....5 star!
  • Great place to take photos & take in nature. Occasionally there are free educational tours to learn about the history & ecology of the park. Please make a donation.
  • Interesting salt lake, the smell is a bit appalling sometimes
  • Wonderful informative visit last April; beautiful lake; impressive Tufas, birds and tranquility. Would love to return!
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