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Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center

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Address: Highway 395, North of Lee Vining, Lee Vining, CA
Phone Number: (760) 647-3044
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They have a short movie, that goes over many of the local facts....worth stopping in. Great views from around the site...walking trails are nice

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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Kennebunkport, Maine
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Mission Viejo, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Sadly the day we picked to visit was Wednesday and that happened to be the day they are closed. We were able to explore Mono Lake and the area around but I would have liked to see the visitor center and share the history with my kids, hopefully next time we can get there on the right day.

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Kennebunkport, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

They have a short movie, that goes over many of the local facts....worth stopping in. Great views from around the site...walking trails are nice

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Peoria, Illinois, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

If you are on the east side of the Sierras you may as well take a short stop at Mono lake. Leave your swimsuit in the car your not going in there no matter how nice it looks from a distance.

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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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Rawlings, Maryland
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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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