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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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Very nice place

This is a beautiful visitor center with super friendly and helpful staff that will go out of their way to explain things. It is also a wonderful way to learn about this unusual... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
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Mill Valley, California
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Mill Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This is a beautiful visitor center with super friendly and helpful staff that will go out of their way to explain things. It is also a wonderful way to learn about this unusual lake and have a great view of the lake.

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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

A very nice visitor centers with great views of the lake and a nice exhibits on the lake's ecosystem.

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Plant City, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Im giving this 5 stars because its historic, but there is not much to it. They do have a small but very informative display about the lake and its people and a gift shop. Its part of the National Parks so we bought our pass for Yosemite and I got my passport book stamped.

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Awesome look at the history of the basin with a great gift shop and view of Mono Lake. Rangers were very helpful in pointing us to our adventures and the movie is worth watching.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Not necessarily worth a stop, unless you have extra time. We were on our way from Yosemite to Lake Tahoe, and were told to give this a shot. It was a very informative visitor center.

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

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

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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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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