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Free Mono Lake South Tufa Tour

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Mono Lake - South Tufa

Lee Vining, CA 93541

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Join a naturalist-guide for a walk among strange tufa towers, bubbling springs, birds, wildlife, brine shrimp, and the behind-the-scenes story of the most unusual lake in California. This guided, one-hour walk includes hands-on activities, and an overview of the human and natural history of Mono Lake appropriate for all age levels.

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  • Meet at the kiosk at the South Tufa parking lot.

  • Tours are free, but reservations are encouraged to secure your spot.

  • There is a $3 per person entrance fee to the South Tufa Area.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Are reservations required South Tufa tours?
No, however, reservations are recommended to secure a space for you, your family, or friends.

What else can I do on my visit to Mono Lake?
Visit to learn more about other tours and trips at Mono Lake. If you're using a smartphone, you can also visit to sign up for a canoe tour or take a self-guided tour of South Tufa.

How do I get to South Tufa?
From Highway 395 turn onto Highway 120 East (located five miles south of Lee Vining and 25 miles north of Mammoth Lakes). Follow the signs for South Tufa. Drive five miles on Highway 120 East and turn left at the sign for South Tufa. Continue straight onto a one-mile-long gravel road and park in the South Tufa parking lot.

directions to canoe tours

What should I bring for the tour?
Since there is little shade at South Tufa, please bring sun protection (sun hat, sunscreen, sunglasses) and plenty of drinking water.

Who should I contact if I have additional questions?
Please call the Mono Lake Committee at (760) 647-6595 or send us an email

How can I cancel my reservation?
Please reply to your confirmation email to cancel. If you're having trouble finding your confirmation email, you can also click here to send us an email or call (760) 647-6595.

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The Mono Lake Committee operates under permits from the Inyo National Forest and California State Parks.

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Mono Lake - South Tufa

Lee Vining, CA 93541

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