Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area and Visitors Center

1 Visitor Center Drive, Highway 395
Lee Vining, CA 93541

Local phone: 760-647-3044


Sunday: 8:30am - 5:00pm

Monday: 8:30am - 5:00pm

Tuesday: 8:30am - 5:00pm

Wednesday: 8:30am - 5:00pm

Thursday: 8:30am - 5:00pm

Friday: 8:30am - 5:00pm

Saturday: 8:30am - 5:00pm

Dates Closed: Winter

Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center: 8:30-5, daily

Mono Lake Committee Info. Center & Bookstore: 9-7, daily; scenic area accessible seven days a week

This saltwater lake is best known for its tufa towers which were formed with the interaction of the salt and the freshwater springs bubbling up from the bottom of the lake. The center has 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 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 selection of books about the natural and cultural history of the region.

Traveler Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

Overall Rating: 4.5

based on 826 reviews

Great place to photograph
This was a very cool place to visit and photograph. I could have spent 2 or more days taking photos. Very unusual landscape. Pretty remote area. BTW if your not that into photography a few...
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mono lake
Mono lake is one of the oldest lake on the north eastern part of California state. We stopped while coming from Yosemite to Tahoe. Only few visitors are there. There are interesting rock formation...
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Unique and Spooky
We stopped here on our way to Lake Tahoe (from Los Angeles). We exited the road and following a steep path ended up in a nice area with ample parking, a bathroom, a couple of clean picnic benches...
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