People walking down a path toward tufa, Mono Lake and the mountains are in the distance, the sky is cloudy.

Enjoy a self-guided tour of South Tufa from anywhere

If you’re looking to get the most our of your trip to Mono Lake, a visit to South Tufa is a must. The otherworldly tufa towers combined with the stunning high desert landscape and abundant birdlife makes this area truly breathtaking. If you’re planning a visit, be sure to check out our schedule of upcoming South Tufa tours, so you can learn all about Mono Lake from an expert guide. If you’re looking for a more flexible option, you can also enjoy a fully narrated, self-guided tour of South Tufa.

Enjoy the self-guided tour from the shores of Mono Lake, at home before your visit, or anywhere with an internet connection. The tour now has a totally refreshed look with new features and it can be enjoyed from a phone, tablet, or computer.

If you’re following along with the tour at South Tufa, the nine short stops will take about 45 minutes to complete. If you’re following along from home, you can complete the tour in as little as 20 minutes. Check out the list of stops below—you can begin with the first stop, or skip to any stop that interests you. Enjoy!

If you have questions about or suggestions for this self-guided tour, you can log in to comment below or send me an email.

Shoreline of Mono Lake looking west towards the Sierra Nevada with tufa towers reflecting on the glassy lake and the sky is pink, purple, and blue.

3: Tufa

Examine the tufa in front of you. What does it remind you of? What does…

Top photo by Rose Nelson.