Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve

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Mono Lake's "South Tufa" area
Close-up of tufa columns

Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve is located near Yosemite National Park within Mono County, in eastern California. It was established in 1981[1] by the California State Legislature, to preserve the natural limestone "tufa tower" formations at Mono Lake.[2]


California State Park Rangers were charged with conducting interpretive talks and tours along the shores of Mono Lake, as well as protecting the resources. In 1984 the Federal Government designated surrounding lands as the Mono Basin National Scenic Area.[3][4] Since that time visitor services have been offered as a cooperative effort between these two agencies, as well as the Mono Lake Committee.[5]

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  1. ^ "Tufa Towers: Mono's Magnificent Monuments". About Mono Lake. Mono Lake Committee. Retrieved 2009-12-11. 
  2. ^ California State Parks Official site
  3. ^ USFS contributors (2009). "Special Places". Inyo National Forest. United States Forest Service. Retrieved 2010-02-07. 
  4. ^ "Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area 25th Anniversary Commemoration and "Mono Lake Trail" Ribbon Cutting". United States Forest Service. Retrieved 2009-12-11. 
  5. ^ "Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area Visitor Center". Mono Lake Committee. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 

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Coordinates: 37°56′43″N 119°2′8″W / 37.94528°N 119.03556°W / 37.94528; -119.03556