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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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Infomative and a must stop to see

All the information & history you need here on Mono Lake/area. Exhibits and movies at this visitor center. We saw 2 interesting movies on Mono Lake and Yosemite in the theatre... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Fremont, California
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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

All the information & history you need here on Mono Lake/area. Exhibits and movies at this visitor center. We saw 2 interesting movies on Mono Lake and Yosemite in the theatre they have. A great place to stop during your travels to get the entire scoop of the surrounding areas & the bathrooms are very clean nice and cool which... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

This multi-agency visitor center was terrific. Great exhibits, really good shop, nice paved trail with plant explanations (needed more plant IDs, though).

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

I love watching the swallows and observing them going in and out of their nests. I brought binoculars and watched a lot of birds. I saw and purchased the awesome movie and enjoyed the museum attraction immensely. I bought wonderful books and souvenirs. The clerks in the store were delightful. As far as the lake goes, no, you will not... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Loads of information regarding Mono Lake and the surrounding scenic drives. Great place to start your exploration of the valley. Good history and geological information in addition to learning about Mono Lake.

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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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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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Address: Highway 395, North of Lee Vining, Lee Vining, CA
Phone Number: (760) 647-3044
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lee Vining

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