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Mono Lake

Us 395, CA 93541
+1 760-647-6595
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Fascinating look at an Unusual Formation...Other Worldly

Depending on the amount of time you have available, there are several things to do. First I would... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Diane D
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Garden Grove, California, United States
What a waste of time

We drove for several hours to go see Mono Lake but that was honestly a waste of time. Especially... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Mikkel B
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“visitor center” (64 reviews)
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Depending on the amount of time you have available, there are several things to do. First I would take the road off 395 to the South Tufa Area. There is parking and a small fee to enter but the wheelchair accessible boardwalk is worth the...More

Thank Diane D
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We drove for several hours to go see Mono Lake but that was honestly a waste of time. Especially coming from Yosemite and seeing all the rivers and lakes up there. The town nearby was cozy though!!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are various ways to experience Mono Lake. All of them are good, but some are conspicuously better. If all you have time for is “Mono Lake lite,” there is windshield touring on US 395, with the best view from the turnout at Mono Lake...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here on the way from Mammoth to Tahoe and was pleasantly surprised. This is a large saline soda lake. There are trails that runs down to the shore from the visitor center. The bird life is prolific and they feed on the grime shrimp...More

2  Thank Myworld365
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Reviewed 30 May 2018

Friends suggested we stop at Mono Lake on our way from Las Vegas to Yosemite to see the limestone tuffas protruding from the water. As we drove by the lake, we could see the tuffas, but the place seemed otherwise deserted. Granted, there's little vegetation...More

5  Thank Ellen W
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Reviewed 30 March 2018

Mono Lake is a must visit if you are entering Yosemite from the East (Lee Vining). Try to visit at either sunrise or sunset as the angle of the sun will add to the allure of this mystical place. Be sure to explore the extensive...More

4  Thank bklyn56
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Reviewed 11 March 2018

Mono Lake is one of California's unique bodies of salt water. It was the focus of a controversial NASA study in 2010. It suggested that some bacteria at Mono Lake had adapted to using arsenic for life. That would have meant similar, alien lifeforms would...More

9  Thank Ernest K
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

Mono lake is a quiet, peaceful place. Because of the elevation, you might want to bring a windbreaker. It tends to attract photographers, especially at dusk, especially during a full moon. You might want to bring some waterproof footgear, as the shoreline is very muddy....More

3  Thank Albert L
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Reviewed 16 February 2018

Several years ago, we considered visiting Monio Lake as a destination, based upon posted pictures and reviews. We never got to make that trip. But yesterday, finding Bodie closed, we diverted to Mono Lake. I would describe it as nice, not spectacular. Now, we are...More

4  Thank cbellehu
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Reviewed 28 December 2017

It's really tough to describe Mono Lake to those who have not seen it in person. It's unlike anyplace else in the US. The famous tufa formations are fascinating - both those at the main South Tufa area and the harder-to-find delicate "sand tufa" formations...More

1  Thank roadtrip_ken_2017
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