Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve, Lee Vining

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Visit the intriguing Mono Lake Tufa State Natural 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. Our Lee Vining journey planner makes visiting Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve and other Lee Vining attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Whilst we might not have had the amazing sunset we had 5 years ago this was still an amazing place to photograph. A must visit place if passing through  more »
  • Mono Lake is on the eastern edge of the Sierra Nevada mountains in east-central California, north of Death Valley and east of Yosemite. This shallow lake in the Mono Basin covers an area about 9 x 13 ...  more »
  • Extremely cool place if you aren't groused out by a very specific smell, dead birds you can find along the coast or tons of flies in the summer. It is a terminal saline lake after all. Also, most of it isn't as picturesque as you might think, so don't expect it to look like another planet everywhere you go. Otherwise an interesting location, definitely worth checking out at least once:)
  • A very unique alpine lake with brackish green water and a beautiful still water reflection for photos. The boardwalk makes it very easy for anyone to access.

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