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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 5 Attractions in Lee Vining
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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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Incline Village, Nevada
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45 helpful votes 45 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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Northern California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The center building is surrounded by an extensive network of trails beside and down to the lake. Some are wheelchair accessible. The building itself includes a variety of informative exhibits, a gift shop with a wide selection of maps, books, and of course tshotchkes, and the rest rooms (at the one I visited) were large and clean.

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Laguna Niguel, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

The Mono Lake Visitors Center is top notch! You will learn a great deal of history about the lake and why it is in its current predicament. The displays are really updated and interactive. We had a 7 year old to a 79 in our group and it was great for all. If in the area, its a must visit!!

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Mono Lake Visitor Center is a nice place to stop to learn more about the lake when visiting the area. We have stopped there and seen the center's film Of Ice and Fire: A Portrait of the Mono Basin. It is a 20 minute film and is excellent on the lake and area. Do check the days Mono Lake Visitor... More

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