Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
no shade
6 days ago

on South Tufa Loop Trail

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

Explored Mono Lake around 6PM on a week day and it was somewhat busy, however, the temperature was lovely at that time of the day. You do need to buy a $3 pass/permit and it is cash only. Lots of flies but they didn't bother us while we walked around and neither did the smell of the lake. The tufas are really cool as the lake is pretty. Definitely a must-see~! ☆IG: @anko_littledude

on South Tufa Loop Trail

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

Easy trail but no shade. Lots of information on Mono Lake ecosystem. Flies did not bother us and no strong odor. Definitely worth the detour.

hiking
2 months ago

It is an easy walk from the Visitors Center to the lake. The views are beautiful.

mountain biking
3 months ago

fun trail, some rocky switchbacks gave me a challenge

hiking
no shade
scramble
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Mono lake is still spectacular. If you are going to Yosemite. Go here. Unlike anywhere you have ever been. Worth the drive. Look at the pics. You will feel like you are in another planet.

hiking
3 months ago

A must stop if you are going to Yosemite. An otherworldly place. Sunset is spectacular. Wear shoes that you don’t mind getting wet. Highly recommend. Breathtaking beauty unlike anything you have ever seen.

hiking
3 months ago

Restroom break. Nice visitors center with lots of local information. Short trail to stretch your legs on with great views of Mono Lake and the surrounding countryside.

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

1.2 mile hike

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

Cool to see the Tufa! Hot at midday without shade.

Very pretty Go early with sunrise: gorgeous light and colors Many angle to take pictures from

hiking
4 months ago

great photo opportunities at this unique area made by salt. small hike with plenty of wildlife from birds, lizards, and many more.

walking
no shade
4 months ago

Beautiful walk, very easy

hiking
4 months ago

It was a very easy trail and the views are phenomenal.

hiking
bugs
no shade
4 months ago

An unearthly variant from your normal hike in the forest or desert. Very flat interesting walk with tufas. Something you don’t see every day. Well worth a side trip.

on South Tufa Loop Trail

hiking
4 months ago

What an amazing place to visit! So good that the lake is being restored.

hiking
5 months ago

Once down to the water the views are amazing! We were there on a warm day but no bugs. We got some great photos. Recommend!

hiking
bugs
no shade
5 months ago

Park in the dirt/rock lot and walk down the boardwalk/pavement to the water. Great for pictures! Beware of the flies that are home to the lake. Some people brought dogs and seemed to do well. No shade so wear sunscreen.

hiking
no shade
5 months ago

Unique place, easy loop. Take water and sun protection. Try to make it at sunrise. Best time to take pics.

hiking
Sat Oct 13 2018

Pretty unique!

Nice pit stop. The tufa rocks were interesting to look at but the flies and smell was a little off putting. $3/person cash

walking
Sun Sep 09 2018

Nice, relatively easy hike for all ages. Easy access for parking and the visitor center is great too.

walking
Tue Sep 04 2018

I walked this one mile totally flat loop in the second part of August. The sun was relentless; sun protection (sunscreen and hat) will help if you are spending a bit of time to visit the area (especially if you extend your stroll to Navy Beach). The Tufa formations are very scenic and photogenic; the lake in the background and the Sierra Nevada on the horizon do not hurt either. This is a short detour (10 minute drive from 395 and anywhere betwen 30mn and a couple hours for the visit) from Lee Vining, or just from the Tioga Pass road if you go over the Sierras that way. There was volunteer at the "beach" on that day showing us the single noticeable organism living in the very salty lake: the Brine Shrimp; hardly bigger than a horse hair... The unusual / unique nature of the Tufa towers, the ease of access and the great photo opportunities make this a no-brainer to put on your list when nearby.

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