Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

a view of the Interagecny Visitor Center and parking lot.

This unique facility provides regional information and orientation to travelers in the Eastern Sierra Nevada and Northern Mojave Desert. At this location, one can view the highest peak in the “lower 48 states” (Mt Whitney) or plan a trip to the lowest place in the western hemisphere (Death valley). Passes and permits that are required for some activities on public land are available at this visitor center.

The visitor center is operated by federal, state and local governmental agencies, including the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Inyo County, Mono County, California Department of Transportation, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife. 

The Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association (ESIA), operates the Discovery Bookstore at the visitor center. The bookstore has a comprehensive selection of books and maps of the region. Revenue from sales of these items helps support operation of the facility.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Closest Towns: Lone Pine, CA
Water: Yes
Restroom: Yes
Information Center: Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center (760) 876-6222

General Information


The Eastern Sierra InterAgency Visitor Center is located at the junction of US Highway 395 and State Route 136, one mile south of Lone Pine.

General Notes:

Wilderness Permit Instructions

Mt. Whitney Ranger District Recreation Report

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