Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center

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Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center


(760) 647-3044

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The Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area Visitor Center opened in 1992 and provides an excellent introduction to the Mono Basin. The center has many interactive displays that teach about many aspects of the Mono Basin's geology, ecology, and human history. The award winning film Of Ice and Fire: A Portrait of the Mono Basin gives a splendid 20-minute introduction to Mono Lake and is shown regularly. Two galleries are showcased, including the At Mono Lake photo exhibit and a changing art exhibit. Rangers are present all day to answer your questions, and there is also a bookstore with a great selection of books about the natural and cultural history of the region. All year, interpretive tours explore many facets of the Mono Basin. This visitor center is located 1/4 mile north of Lee Vining.

Map of Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center

Latitude, Longitude: 37.965178, -119.120121



The visitor center is closed for the winter starting November 30 and will re-open April 1 of 2011.

Park Partners

Mono Lake Committee

For 30 years the Mono Lake Committee has been working to protect Mono Lake from destruction, to heal the damage done in the Mono Basin, and to educate the public about the natural environment and wise water use.

(760) 647-6595



The visitor center is located a half mile north of the town of Lee Vining, just east of Tioga Pass (the eastern entrance to Yosemite National Park), on Highway 395.

Phone Numbers


(760) 647-3044