"Mono Lake" Top 5 Page for this destination Lee Vining by chewy3326

Lee Vining Travel Guide: 116 reviews and 312 photos

Mono Lake, a saline, 700,000 year-old body of water that the Mono Basin drains into, is beautiful in a haunting way. Mark Twain called it "The Dead Sea of California"; but in truth, its waters support a large web of life. Once threatened by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the lake is now rebounding, and for wildlife, life is returning to normal.

From the town of Lee Vining, look west! You can see the jagged peaks of the Sierra Crest. The easiest way to appreciate some of the wildest and most beautiful scenery in California is to drive the Lee Vining Canyon Scenic Byway, which starts at Lee Vining and follows Hwy 120 to Tioga Pass, the entrance of Yosemite National Park.

  • Last visit to Lee Vining: Jun 2006
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  • atufft's Profile Photo
    Aug 23, 2006 at 8:15 AM

    Nice work describing this area. I had a ancestor who lost a farm due loss of Mono Lake water in its diversion to LA.

  • AltDelete's Profile Photo
    Aug 16, 2006 at 8:51 AM

    These are very stunning photos.


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