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Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center

Address: Highway 395, North of Lee Vining, Lee Vining, CA
Phone Number: (760) 647-3044
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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Great exhibits, excellent movies and great views of Mono Lake. You can learn about its history, present and future.

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San Jose, California
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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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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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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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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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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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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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