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Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve
IUCN Category V (Protected Landscape/Seascape)
Mono Lake South Tufa August 2013 012.jpg
Mono Lake's "South Tufa" area
Location Mono County, USA
Nearest city Lee Vining, California
Established 1984
Governing body California Department of Parks and Recreation
Limestone towers at Mono Lake, California
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 by the California State Legislature to preserve the natural limestone "tufa tower" formations at Mono Lake.


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. Since that time visitor services have been offered as a cooperative effort between these two agencies, as well as the Mono Lake Committee.

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