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Address: US 395, CA 93541
Phone Number: 760 647 6595

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Another magical visit

Once more, we went by the visitor center to enjoy the photo gallery and the topside (if distant) views of the lake. Then we proceeded to the South Tufa site, where we hiked along... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Once more, we went by the visitor center to enjoy the photo gallery and the topside (if distant) views of the lake. Then we proceeded to the South Tufa site, where we hiked along Tufa formations and up to the shore. A must see when you pass through the Eastern Sierras! Don't forget your camera!

Thank eswrite
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We stayed near Mono Lake on our way to Yosemite and drove out to see the tufas at Mono Lake. We had no idea what tufas were and spent time reading the information and photographing the tufas...a pretty incredible site with lots of great information. We were very glad we took the time to make the drive and take the... More 

Thank Sue A
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It was very hot on the day we drove by the lake so we didn't do the hike but the stop at the Visitor's Center was well worth it. There is a deck around the outside for viewing the lake & formations. The interpretive signs were informative and the staff knowledgeable. The lake has many calcium carbonate formations that are... More 

Thank SylRickTraveler
Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago 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 

Thank LKCRN75
Los Gatos, California, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago 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.

Thank Pammi K
Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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 

Thank motile
Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks 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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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 

Thank Johnh S
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 

Thank KenBlack
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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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