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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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You need to stop and see

This is a place you need to go to or stop when you are on 395, thee history of the area and the information of the lake will just set you back.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Randy C
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Pasadena, California
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Pasadena, California
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108 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a place you need to go to or stop when you are on 395, thee history of the area and the information of the lake will just set you back.

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East Los Angeles
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The exhibits were educational and easy to understand for all levels. It helped give you a background for viewing the tufa, flies, and brine shrimp. The flies became not just a gross plague, but a handy food source for the local food chain. Plus the ranger at the desk gave us some tips on where to check out in Yosemite... More 

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San Marcos, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Visitors Center is the best place to start your visit, it has displays that give you information on how the Tufs formed and why the lake is unique. The staff (Rangers) are very informative and the center offers tours down to the Tufas with informative lectures.

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Walker Basin
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30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the most informative visitor centers we've ever visited. It was stocked with everything from free videos of the local area to maps, books, hiking suggestions, souvenirs, art work, etc.

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Vittorio Veneto, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I take a lot of pano from outside . Stop by is just a 5 minute stop from Main Street . Inside you can find a lot of info for Yosemite Park and also a quick toor for kids.

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Palm Desert, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an excellent place for information about the whole area including Yosemite. If you are lucky to get a good ranger you can gleam a lot of useful information and maps. Clean and cool in side.

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Seattle/Boulder
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Mono lake itself is worth the stop here. This is a one of a kind area. In addition, we were helped by knowledgeable experts, who not only knew about Yosemite, but loved it too. We had our information, map and agenda before we entered the park (East entrance). If you have a Fourth grader, take advantage of the "Every Kid... More 

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LC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The inside was closed when we walked. However was nice information around the outside. Enjoyed the historical information as well as the present day information about the mining of the volcanic rock

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Moreno Valley, California
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138 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

This is a very nice visitor's center and museum. The various exhibits (some are interactive) give lots of information about the lake's history and the surrounding area. There's also informative videos which play in the theater throughout the day. Marvelous vistas of the lake can be seen from outside the visitor's center. There's also a short walking path which does... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

Good information about the eastern Sierra region with good views of the Mono Basin. Park Rangers are very helpful!!

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