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