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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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Great Resource for Mono Lake Info

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Moreno Valley, California
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Moreno Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

1 Thank Annabelle1111
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were greatly impressed with this stellar center and interpretive walk through the landscape. The myriad signs are most informative. Great work.

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Arlington, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You're there to see the beautiful and getting-restored Mono Lake and its unusual tufa, but you should stop at the visitors center for the views and some education. They also have three movies in rotation in their nice theater. Huge parking lot and fine bathroom facilities.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Glad we visited here before exploring the area. Interesting film and lots of leaflets and maps available, plus knowledgeable people. Great views from the centre as well. Make sure to visit County Park and South Tufa.

1 Thank BrianBroadhurst
Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

Folks, if you are driving on 395 through Lee Vining and want to quickly learn about Mono Lake this is the place to stop. Mono Lake has a very interesting story. Yes, I know it is not Yosemite but it is a very important part of the Great Basin. Take an hour and learn more of this interesting lake.

2 Thank Greg H
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

This is a semi-great place, marred only by "Out of Order" signs stuck on everything. The ladies room stalls (two out of order), various exhibits in the visitor center itself; it's like it opened too soon for the season before ready, or not being sufficiently funded to keep all their parts and pieces in order. It's such an amazing place,... More 

1 Thank MelliB4
Chino Hills, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

Nice exhibits, a nice video is played every 20 - 30 minutes, and views of the lake. All for free. Enjoyed the history of the lake, the inhabitants and the islands.

1 Thank Dan G
Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

We returned to visit this free Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center. It is free to visit. There are various exhibits on the area and on Tioga Pass. There are movies to see. We also purchased some gift items from the visitor store. There is also the superb views of Mono Lake. There is a large piece of obsidan by... More 

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

the lake has like lots of colors.. it is big and have 2 islands.. the formations when alkaline water meets the fresh water are superb.. only here in the world you can see them! Amazing!

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