About Lee ViningLee Vining is a center for recreational and scenic attractions around Mono Lake. Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve, 2 miles north off US 395, is 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.
Mono Lake County Park, 5 miles north off US 395, has a shady streamside picnic area and a boardwalk trail that winds through meadows to the lakeshore. Contact the information center for details about naturalist tours and canoe trips.
Visitor Centers Mono Lake Committee Information Center and Bookstore US 395 & Third St. Lee Vining, CA 93541. Phone:(760)647-6595
Things to Do Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve
Lee Vining, CA
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