Mono Lake is situated closely to eastern border of national park Yosemite near to village Lee Vining. Greyhound is going here just one times per day from Reno and L.A.. It is also the closest place to Yosemite where you can get by this bus.
Writer Mark Twain called the lake to "Dead Sea of the West". It is older than 7 000 years. Tufa are deposits of calcium carbonate which were formed underwater by the interaction of Calcium from freshwater springs mixing with carbonates in the lake. The world discovered these formations after 1941 when L.A. started use inflow water and the lake suffered by shortages of water. Effect of this is lower level (13 m).
Northeast from Monolake is situated one of the best preserved ghost towns in the West - Bodie.