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get in, water is awesome, you float and it's a gorgeous eerie gnarly rad beautiful place you can... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
San Francisco, California
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Unusual lake

The most unusual aspect of this small lake is the limestone formations around the shore. Looking... read more

Reviewed 9 October 2018
Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

1  Thank draymondgreen69
Reviewed 9 October 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

1  Thank Tantiko
Reviewed 2 October 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

Thank theresaw
Reviewed 29 September 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

1  Thank jody w
Reviewed 24 September 2018 via mobile

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

Thank steelriver2014
Reviewed 17 September 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.

Thank U8661ZCbills
Reviewed 3 September 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

3  Thank MilesMereV
Reviewed 27 August 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

Thank Raymond S
Reviewed 22 August 2018

At Lee Vining. This lake is unique for both the tufas which can be viewed here, its water composition as well as the fauna that inhabits the area. We were impressed by the water calmness and the views provided. The place is also very quite....More

Thank Tony M
Reviewed 16 August 2018

Really enjoyed the stop off to see the Tufa towers. Very tranquil and peaceful. Plenty of parking - we used our National Park pass for free entry. Lovely photo ops.

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16 July 2018|
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