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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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a must stop for information

Friendly staff, has some great information. There is a nice view from the back and a few easy hikes on the premises.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Norco, California
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Norco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Friendly staff, has some great information. There is a nice view from the back and a few easy hikes on the premises.

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Davis, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Great visitor center, good bookstore, happy rangers. The exhibits are wonderful and explain this natural wonder, which has been severely altered by human activities. Both inside and outside, the exhibits are easy to understand and relate to what we're seeing. In many ways, Mono Lake speaks for itself, but the interpretive center adds much to the understanding and enjoyment. Good... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

This is a really good visitor center. Displays are informative and to the point -- not overmuch to read. Interesting information and occasional quizzes, good for kids and adults alike. The main room covers Mono Lake, but there is a small room on Yosemite as well, and NPS rangers as well as USFS rangers are on duty to answer questions... More 

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Nashville, TN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 661 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

This visitor center felt new and clean; it is also very informative -- we could easily have spent more time learning about the lake. Outside the back door, we walked a little trail enjoying the plants and views of the lake.

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

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
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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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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