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Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center

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Address: Highway 395, North of Lee Vining, Lee Vining, CA
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This should be your first stop when visiting Mono Lake. It has a great view and explains the Natural History, Geology, etc.of Mono Lake and the Eastern Sierras.

Reviewed 5 December 2016
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Modesto, California
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Modesto, California
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98 reviews
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Reviewed 5 December 2016

This should be your first stop when visiting Mono Lake. It has a great view and explains the Natural History, Geology, etc.of Mono Lake and the Eastern Sierras.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 951 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 November 2016

my partner and I visited for information about lee vining. the gateway to Yosemite national park. found info leading us to restaurants, markets and lodging options .staff really helpful. loads of information on choices of everything you would need to know.

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Thank enncle
Glenfarg, Scotland
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

This is hidden off the road and if you didn't know it was there you could miss it. That would be a huge disappointment. Beautifully conceived and presented facility with so much information about the place, the area, its history, geology, etc. A fantastic bookshop. And it's so bright and clean. It was a real pleasure to visit. Excellent walk-round... More 

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Thank Corran
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2016

Good visitor centre overlooking the Mono Lake. Interesting background to area and history which were well explained. Also helpful staff to assist in your enjoyment of the local area.

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016

Large visitor center with information, historical/educational opportunities. There are great views of Mono Lake and a few trails that go down to the lake.

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016

We were visiting Mono Lake and stopped into the visitor center. The views from the center are excellent. The visitor center also has a short film in their theater about about the lake, which is a must watch.

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Winnemucca, Nevada
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Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

I had never been to Mono Lake but as a kid I've heard a lot about it. I was amazed at how beautiful it still is. It covers a lot of area. And it has two islands. The information center is very informative. There is a small tour you can take and a book store.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2016

This visitor center does a great job providing information and displays about both Mono Lake and Yosemite National Park. A short film explains the area well, the views of the lake are outstanding, and the walk through the area near the shore is nice. It's a small building with a large gift shop and friendly staff.

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Thank ScottandJanelle
Rugby, Warwickshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2016

Small but informative exhibition. Rolling video. Helpful staff. Good parking. But the grounds around Mono Basin Visitors Centre itself, the lake, the tufa and especially the sage bushes are very special. It is situated in a fairly bleak looking landscape, not much colour. A rim of mountains in the distance and then the lake. The tufa are fascinating, the blanket... More 

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Georgia
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Reviewed 2 October 2016

Nice visitor center, helpful people. Good gift shop. Lots of information about the area, including several short films.

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