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RoP
Los Angeles, CA28 contributions
We stopped here on our way to Lake Tahoe (from Los Angeles). We exited the road and following a steep path ended up in a nice area with ample parking, a bathroom, a couple of clean picnic benches, and the lake iteself, of course.

Mono Lake is spectacular, scary and unique. There are interesting rock formations, and the water is still, so still that you can see the reflection of the sun, the clouds, the mountains in it. It smells like salt and sulphur. The smell does not keep sea birds away though. You can get really close to the water, but be careful not to step in the mud. You can have lunch with a view of the lake and take in as much beauty as you can.

I am happy that we came across this natural wonder on our way. I recommend visiting this lake for a couple of hours.
Written June 26, 2022
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idahosube
Dover, ID6 contributions
One of my most favorite place. One must take time to explore and set by the lake to really absorb it's amazing excitance. Old, unique, and full of personality. I had the advantage of boating on it, not open to public, and floating on it (might not be available now ?). Used to be kayak tours which are amazing and well worth it. This lake has many personalities. View from the overlook on 395 North of town for starts, go to the visitors center, and go explore the coast line. and return, again and again!
Written April 19, 2020
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cherijim
Folsom, CA33 contributions
Couples
Have always wanted to see Mono Lake & was not disappointed! Husband & I took a road trip from Folsom California up to Minden Nevada & then down Hwy 395. This was one of my must see stops. Beautiful day, brilliant blue skies, temps in high 70’s, light breeze. The lake was a stunning color, the tufas strange looking & plenty of birds floating & flying around. It was definitely worth driving into the South area & taking the easy hike down to the lake & around. Would highly recommend!!
Written May 9, 2021
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Yongki
Tucson, AZ658 contributions
Family
Calmly beautiful lake with unique mineral rock formation. This lake is often used as the face of 'wish you were here' postcard, and deservedly so. There are not many places on earth possess such a high level of nature beauty.
Written July 3, 2020
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Wildwoodatheart
Santa Rosa, CA806 contributions
FINALLY. We visited Mono Lake! We went to the South Tufas and walked the trail. It was fascinating and beautiful. The walking is easy, so this is good for kids or people who might need a non-strenuous trail. They accept your National Park pass for parking. We did not go in the lake, as we did not have the proper shoes with us. You need some type of water shoe to protect your feet. We saw kayaking groups. That would be fun! I'm not sure if all the lake is accessibly anymore, as there was a fire near this area recently. But I would LOVE to visit again.
Written October 7, 2020
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montanan_traveler
montana1,706 contributions
We had not visited since the mid 1980's and were amazed at the changes. It is so beautiful now as it tis filling back up. We missed the Brine Flies we remembered from our prior visit. The weather conditions made for nice photos and lovely hiking. It seemed every spire had an osprey nest on it.
Written May 8, 2021
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Linda M
Garden Grove, CA188 contributions
Stopped here on our way to Carson City because I had never seen a Salt Water Lake. Unfortunately because of world situations the Visitors Center was closed but we were able to walk the paths and view the foliage and sights. I would like to go back when the world returns to normal (if that ever happens)
Written June 22, 2020
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Nandini V
Milpitas, CA550 contributions
Its a beautiful lake with these unusual rock formations called Tufa. There are two sets of Tufa that you can view - one is near the visitor's center, right off 395. The other -which the South Tufa, is on the other side, and there are many more of them there, and you can get much closer to them as well. The only thing is that the road there is partly unpaved, so be prepared for a bumpy ride. I believe the road (120) is also closed part of the year in winter.
Written June 1, 2021
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Cheryl B
Denver, CO109 contributions
Family
Lovely lake with dark history in water use. Great one mile loop trail to see tufa. Try a swim! Amazing how easy it is to float. Bottom is rocky and all the shrimp disconcerting but it wasn’t as grimy afterwards as I expected.
Written July 27, 2020
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MHecox
Sacramento, CA142 contributions
Family
While winter is not the prime season to visit Mono, we found it very enjoyable. Not many people around - we went to the South Tufa Parking area / trail. Dog friendly. It was a fantastic little walk & exploration. We look forward to going back one day and spending more time exploring.
Written February 25, 2022
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