Area Status: Open
At the Eastern Sierra Visitor Center, one can view Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the “lower 48 states” and plan a trip to Badwater Basin, the lowest place in the North America. While you’re here, pick up a wilderness permit, explore a native plant garden, enjoy a picnic lunch, and find out road, campground, and weather conditions. This unique facility provides visitor, wilderness, and highway information for the Eastern Sierra.
Staffed by US Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association employees, information is available on public lands in Inyo and Mono Counties and beyond:
The Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association (ESIA) operates a bookstore at the visitor center, with a comprehensive selection of books and maps of the region, and bear resistant food containers for rent or sale. Revenue from sales of these items helps support interpretative programs.
Located 2 miles south of Lone Pine, CA at the junction of US 395 and CA 136.
No Overnight Parking
Hours of Operation:
May 1st – Nov 1st: Daily, 8AM – 5PM*
Nov 2nd – Apr 30th, 9AM – 5PM*
Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day
*Last permit issued and pass sold 15 minutes prior to close.
Bear Resistant Food Container Rental:
Wilderness Permits, California Campfire Permits, Fuelwood Permits, Christmas Tree Permits, BLM Bishop Long Term Camping Permits
Water Fountain and Water Spigot. No RV filling.
Passes & Entrance Fees:
America the Beautiful Annual, Senior, Access, Military, and Every Kid in a Park Passes, and California Sno-Park Passes are sold here.
Wilderness Permit Instructions
Mt. Whitney Ranger District Recreation Report