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Mono Lake

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Address: US 395, CA 93541
Phone Number: 760 647 6595
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Beautiful Lake. Much fuller than the last time we visited. Be prepared for any type of weather. It went from mild to cold, rainy hail, sleet and then snow and this was all in mid... read more

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Beautiful Lake. Much fuller than the last time we visited. Be prepared for any type of weather. It went from mild to cold, rainy hail, sleet and then snow and this was all in mid September. Last time we were here, same time of year it was in the 90's. The town of Lee Vining is very quaint and on... More 

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Los Gatos, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The whole beach was lined up with flies. It also smelled bad. We did not stay there for more than 5 minutes as we could not stand all those flies. But it is said that this lake is equivalent of dead sea. So before you go, check out all the other reviews to make sure whether it is worth going.

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Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stopped at the Visitor Center for a little background on Mono lake and then took a ranger's advice and went 5 miles east of 395 on 120 to see South Tufa. There is a $3 fee. However, admission is free if you have a national park pass. The day we visited, the sky was filled with smoke from a... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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166 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Mono Lake is a large, shallow saline soda lake. It's a beautiful place. Also it's the place where Pink Floyd took the picture for the Wish You Were Here album back cover.

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Berkley
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not a lake you would probably want to go swimming in. No outlets means it collects minerals from the streams feeding it. Much saltier than the ocean with Toufas surrounding it. It makes for an interesting view and you are quite likely to see a small herd of deer. The visitor center is modern and nice. Its a hike to... More 

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Fayetteville, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Take the time to cross through Tioga Pass out of Yosemite to Mono Lake! I never knew about this really cool place! Make sure to go to the visitor center and watch the short history film, and then make the drive out to South Tufa- $3 fee is worth it! The color of the lake is incredible, and although we... More 

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Chicago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After seeing pictures online of this interesting lake and its' formations, and realizing Eastwood's High Plains Drifter was filmed on the shore here, this was a must to see in person. The tufas, interesting calcium carbonate formations that rise up out of the water. It's quite a surreal place. The tufas are straight out of a movie. The south area... More 

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Toulon, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Coming from the north we saw the lake. The view is beautiful. Closer the water color is really great and so does the state park for pic nic and walk. If we had known we would have planed more time. The city looks small bit nice and it us not overcrowed. Worth the stop!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Mono lake, a few miles from the highway, is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. You pay a few dollars for parking at the Tufa reserve, but it's clean, peaceful and amazingly beautiful. We stopped on our way to Yosemite to see the Tufa (natural spires) and to eat our lunch (from Erick Schat's in Bishop... More 

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Cardiff
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stop at the visitor center on highway 395 just north of Lee Vining. They offer restrooms, air-conditioning, a film, exhibits, a huge chunk of obsidian and nature trail plus maps & info by Rangers during the summer. Also where and how to see nearby Tufa deposits and Panum Crater, the youngest volcanic (650 yrs) cones in North America. Volunteers also... More 

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