Shoot with care
Tufa may not be damaged, climbed on, or collected anywhere in the Mono Basin. Vehicles must stay on designated roads and parking areas. The use of drones (unmanned aircraft systems) is prohibited over the water of Mono Lake and all state-owned portions of the Mono Lake shoreline except by special use permit.
About this spot
There are few places in California—and maybe on the planet—that can make you think you might just be on Mars. Mono Lake Tufa State National Preserve is one of them. At this high-desert preserve, on the eastern side of the towering Sierra, ghostlike tufa towers trim the edges of a one-million-year-old lake, the salty remnant of an ancient inland sea. Over a million sea birds feed on the surface and swirl overhead—an incredible show of life in this seemingly desolate setting.
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