DescriptionBridgeport is located on US 395, a designated Scenic Byway that passes through some of the most invigorating scenery in the Golden State. Running along the eastern Sierra Nevadas, it winds around mountain flanks forested with juniper and piñon pine. The road is in excellent condition, making it a delight to drive at a leisurely pace.
South of Bridgeport is Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve, a protected area centered on Mono Lake, an “inland sea” that is one of the oldest lakes in North America. The water in this approximately 65-square-mile body of water is more than twice as salty as the ocean and highly alkaline. The shallow, shimmering lake is a haven not only for exuberant colonies of brine shrimp but for up to 2 million birds that converge annually to feed and nest.
“Tufa towers” lend a surreal atmosphere to this beautiful setting. Composed of calcium carbonate and shaped over time by the interaction of the alkaline lake water and surrounding freshwater springs, the rocks look like twisty spires rising from the flat land. The reserve is particularly beautiful in the winter, when snow on the rock formations sparkles in the sunlight.