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Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve is surrounded by volcanic hills and unusually-shaped tufa towers loom from the lake shoreline. The formations are created as calcium in the freshwater spring meets carbonates in Mono Lakes’ saltwater. The South Tufa Area features the most interesting formations. Walk the mile-long loop trail, or learn more on a free naturalist-guided walk, or on a canoe or kayak tour. Check the website for schedule. Mono Lake attracts several hundred species of birds. Eighty-five percent of the California gull population nests here in the spring. This makes it an ideal location for birding and photography. Don’t miss the opportunity for a buoyant swim!
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