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Mono Lake Visitors Center

US 395, Lee Vining, CA
760 647 6331
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Ranked #3 of 5 Attractions in Lee Vining
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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

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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112 reviews 112 reviews
38 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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74 reviews 74 reviews
9 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
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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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
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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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I stopped the morning after photographing the Full Moon of October over Mono Lake. This might have been a better vantage point.

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Antwerp, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The staff was very friendly and helpful, the information and the souvenirs were outstanding. We bought some cuddly toys. Right outside the Center are a few sign-marked walks and the surroundings are just beautiful. However, if you go in summer, avoid stopping here in the hottest hours (we abstained from taking one of the walks because it was extremely hot... More

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Costa Mesa, California
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24 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The Mono Lake Basin is a fascinating location and this Visitors Center is well laid out and provides a great overview of the area. Budget an hour ... more if you take one of the Ranger Talks. Parking is plentiful and free. Restrooms are clean. Facility is handicapped accessible. Take the time and stop here. Make sure to bring your... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Stopped in before a visit to Yosemite, found a ranger who was very helpful. Saved us time and money by suggesting different Yosemite hikes than I had planned. If you have to pick between Yosemite and Mono, pick Yosemite of course. But if you are just cruising through, plan a stop at this visitors center.

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