Mono Lake South Tufa Tour

Sunrise light on a grove of tufa towers emerging from the water of Mono Lake with soft green and dusty-red wild grasses in the foreground, Canada geese in the shallow water with reflections of the rocky towers, and desert hills in the distance.
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September 2 @ 6:00 pm 7:00 pm

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.

Reserve your spot


Price: Tours are free, but there is a $3 per person entrance fee to the South Tufa Area.

Additional information:

  • Meet at the kiosk at the South Tufa parking lot.
  • Tours are free, but reservations are recommended to secure your spot.
  • There is a $3 per person entrance fee to the South Tufa Area.

Directions 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.

What to bring

Since there is little shade at South Tufa, please bring sun protection (sun hat, sunscreen, sunglasses) and plenty of drinking water.