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“Among the most surreal and memorable places in the US”
Review of Mono Lake

Mono Lake
Ranked #701 of 9,478 things to do in California
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Reviewed November 3, 2013

I have thrice stopped off at Mono Lake en route to Yosemite, and cannot rave enough about it----its odd ecology, geology and aquatics. The tufa arrays seem not of this earth, and one could be forgiven for temporarily thinking he might be on another planet. Mono Lake leaves an indelible impression in the psyche. There is definitively no place else on earth like it. Be sure to take a camera: most people are transfixed by the imagery of Mono Lake and photograph it relentlessly.

1  Thank karmaswimswami
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Reviewed October 31, 2013

We were so lucky to have been able to go to Mono Lake. The road across Yosemite (120) only opened the day before (previously closed due to RIM fire) so we changed our plans and decided to go to the other side of the Yosemite. I still think about Mono Lake every day, this place struck me like a lightening. The scenery is amazing, it looks like somewhere not from this earth! the story of the lake, the Tufas "sculptures" (yes they look like sculptures to me!), the salted water, the caterers of the volcanoes near by, the beautiful mountains and absolute peace you find here I have not seen it anywhere else yet. The best part is the nothingness all around apart from a small town near by. It is not crowded with tourists. It looks like a remote area, but that is the beauty of it. If we knew it would have been so great we would have booked to stay at least one night near by just to be able to enjoy that place a bit longer.

2  Thank Vale7vale
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

Defintiely GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Spectacular!

We went end of October. Brisk but weather was beautiful.

Went a little after sunset. Reflections were beautiful and don't have to battle too many people when taking pictures.

Thank 88benc
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Reviewed October 18, 2013

I would suggest at least once in lifetime you should visit Hwy 395 all the way from Lake Tahoe to Mammoth lake. This is amazing over 150 miles of snow covered wonderland with full of unseen beauties .. This is amazing.

1  Thank Kosh2010
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

As we exit the east Sierra Nevada Mountains, the sight of Mono lake in the Great Basin Desert is stunning. The large lake glowed in the sunlight and reflection of the whitish-grey earth around it, contrasting with the black hill sides. Mono Lake is not just a geological wonder, but an important environment for plants, wildlife, migratory birds and at one time Native Americans used the lake to harvest the alkali fly pupae for food and trade.
Our timing for the visit was off by a week and we missed the kayaking tour. it is a great place to explore and don't miss the visitors center for all the important information. Parts of Mono Lake Basin is supported by the National Park service.

Thank Susiegh
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