Mono Lake Tufa Towers

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. 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.

The Tufa Towers

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 reminded us of nature’s wonder and beauty, showcasing incredible moments when we embrace it.


Tufa towers at navy beach at sunrise with the orange clouds reflected in the water
Tufa Towers at sunrise at Navy Beach with the orange clouds reflected in the water

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