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Mono Lake Tufa State Reserve

Mono Lake is over 1 million years old, making it one of the oldest lakes in North America. While visiting the Mono Lake Tufa State Reserve, don't miss the "tufa towers," calcium-carbonate spires formed by the combination of freshwater springs and alkaline lake water.

Location

Highway 395, 13 miles east of Yosemite National Park, near the town of Lee Vining, California.

Telephone

(760) 647-6331

Operating hours

Call the park

Seasons/climate

The weather can be changeable; layered clothing is recommended.

Winter is a particularly beautiful time at Mono Lake. The crowds are gone, a quiet stillness prevails, and snow crystals sparkle on the tufa towers.

The road to South Tufa is kept plowed, allowing year round access except immediately after large storms.

South Tufa, Old Marina, and the State Reserve boardwalk below the Mono Lake County Park are all wonderful places to cross-country ski when snow conditions permit.

Facilities

Guided Tours

Hiking Trails

Nature Trails

Swimming

Wildlife Viewing

Parking

Picnic Areas

More information

www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=514

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