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WE SWAM IN THE LAKE!

After a quick Google search, we found out you can actually swim in this lake! We drove out from the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
thatrogersfamily
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Antioch, California
A glimps of outer space

Visiting Mono lake if you are near Yosemite is highly recommended. This desert lake has a very... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Moli1121
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Gainesville, Florida
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Reviewed 1 week ago

After a quick Google search, we found out you can actually swim in this lake! We drove out from the Mammoth area, which is a nice, easy drive. Entrance and parking were both free. If you are just going to explore, it is a beautiful...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank thatrogersfamily
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visiting Mono lake if you are near Yosemite is highly recommended. This desert lake has a very unique appearance and biology. It's a very extraterrestrial feeling g and you check out NASA astrobiology research that is done at the lake.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 30, 2018 via mobile

get in, water is awesome, you float and it's a gorgeous eerie gnarly rad beautiful place you can pretend you are master chief on halo for just a lil bit. the water is healthy and will give you mana pay 3 dollars to maintain the...More

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank draymondgreen69
Reviewed October 9, 2018

The most unusual aspect of this small lake is the limestone formations around the shore. Looking like corals but sticking above the waterline, they form small towers which I have not seen elsewhere. Look around the water puddles for the zillions of alkali flies as...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Tantiko
Reviewed October 1, 2018

We were traveling the scenic Hwy 395 and so knowing full well that Mono Lake was on it, we definitely wanted to stop. Aside from the interesting landscape -- not something you'll see anywhere else -- it was at best underwhelming. Plus the smell --like...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank theresaw
Reviewed September 29, 2018

Your first glimpse of Mono Lake may be of a bland expanse, save for one large mound in middle and a salt crust around edge, visible even from up high. The pastels of the scenery will stick with you, however: the bushes are a mix...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank jody w
Reviewed September 23, 2018 via mobile

Very special and unique lake with great visitor centre by learning the history and story about the wonderful lake.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank steelriver2014
Reviewed September 16, 2018

Just north of Lee Vining is the visitors center for Mono Lake. Great views of the lake along with the history of the area.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank U8661ZCbills
Reviewed September 3, 2018

Mono Lake is definitely worth a stop, and hiking the short South Tufa Trail is a great way to see it. The one mile trail takes you lakeside and amongst the Tufa rock formations. It is a very different and much better perspective of the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
3  Thank MilesMereV
Reviewed August 27, 2018

Interesting acreage. This is on the migratory path of many bird species and it is amazing how they manage to live out here. The landscape is rugged and desolate but extremely beautiful in a way. The tiny Brine shrimp are amazing. I could not see...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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chantelleseverson
July 15, 2018|
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Response from thatrogersfamily |
You can and we have! The ground is pretty rocky, so water shoes might be a good idea. Our feet really hurt. However, the salt and minerals might leave your shoes a little... different... Also, a shower soon afterwards would... More
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