Mono Lake Tufa Towers
Updated: May 19
The tufa towers at Mono Lake stand as majestic and otherworldly formations, offering a glimpse into the fascinating geological history of this remarkable lake. As we approached the shoreline, we were immediately captivated by the surreal sight of these towering limestone structures rising from the water's edge. Formed over thousands of years, these ethereal spires are created by the interaction of freshwater springs and the highly alkaline lake water, resulting in the accumulation of calcium carbonate. The intricate and delicate formations, with their intricate textures and shapes, were amazing.
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve is 65 miles north of Bishop, Ca. on US 395. This was another place we visited after a stop in the Alabama Hills. It is an ancient lake, over 750,000 years old, and is one of the oldest lakes in North America.
We camped on BLM land located south of the lake. Drive out Highway 120 off of US 395 for about 3 miles and there are roads on the right that you can follow and camp. It is a forested area so try to camp in a spot that has been used before.
The scenery and photo opportunities at the Mono Lake South Tufa Area were great. We were there at sunset and it was amazing.
During our visit, we came across a picturesque spot at Navy Beach that we couldn't resist witnessing at sunrise, and it truly exceeded our expectations. The enchanting moments of twilight gradually transitioned into a breathtaking sunrise, painting the sky with vibrant hues. The beauty of the scene was simply awe-inspiring, leaving us captivated by the magical display of colors. The experience at Navy Beach reaffirmed the sheer wonder and beauty that nature has to offer, reminding us of the incredible moments that can be witnessed when we take the time to appreciate and embrace the natural world around us.