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Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center

Highway 395, North of Lee Vining, Lee Vining, CA
(760) 647-3044
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Ranked #3 of 7 Attractions in Lee Vining
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San Jose, California
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104 reviews 104 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The Mono Visitor Center is a great way to learn about the geological history of the surrounding basin. It is located just to the north of Lee Vining and the Highway 120 intersection on Highway 395. Make sure you take in the 20 minute movie "Fire & Ice". It tells the story of the geological formation of the lake and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This is an exceptionally well done Visitor Center, which not only does a great job of informing you about Mono Lake, but also about ecology in general. It is appropriate for both very young children (several hands-on exhibits) and adults. There is a small but excellent gift shop, and the volunteer working there was quite helpful in terms of giving... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Mono lake is just beautiful in the fall. Stopped here will visiting Yosemite area. It was educational and very calming visitt

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anywhere
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190 reviews 190 reviews
32 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

If you are around you have to visit the lake. Beautiful nature worth a visit/hike in the afternoon/sunset

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13 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Very informative but as often the case far too much to read -would have preferred an audio tour (yes I can read but I can read but I prefer to listen or watch). Great views of the lake. Easy parking.

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Fort Bragg, California
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22 attraction reviews
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

This is a really swell visitor center. Its been here awhile but looks brand new. The displays are kind of Disneylandish. The bookstore has a large selection of all books and publications about the whole Sierra region. Not just Mono Lake. I think the rangers are a bit burned out with us tourists by the end of Sept. They did... More

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stockholm
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13 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

A tip if you are ever travelling the SLT to Yosemite route is to fill up at the gas station in Gardnerville which is in Nevada and is much cheaper than Lake Tahoe. From Gardnerville, the drive is through farming land. We continued to Mono Lake for a brief stop and photo shoot. It is a large, shallow, saline soda... More

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Mono Lake is magnificent on it's own but a visit to the visitor will round out your appreciation of the area. Displays interpret the unique ecosystem, geology, and conservation of this interesting area. Make sure to head out on the back deck for some great views of the lake.

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New York City, New York
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259 attraction reviews
356 helpful votes 356 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

It's OK, even if the Ranger looked very annoyed with everything: him having to be there, us, asking questions, the whole shebang, you know... They will give you maps and answer your questions about the Lake. They will even give you info about Yosemite.

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Incline Village, Nevada
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39 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

The various rangers do an excellent job of dispensing information and giving novices guidance on the things to do in the area. The displays are excellent and is a stop not to be missed especially if you are a first time visitor to the area.

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