Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area Visitor Cen


Forest Service Visitor Center

Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area Visitor Center provides regional information to travelers visiting the Mono Basin Scenic Area in the Eastern Sierra and Yosemite National Park. View exhibits on Mono Lake history, wildlife, geology, and explore the interpretive trail. Docent led tours of Mono Lake, South Tufa, or Panum Crater are available. In addition to local information, visitor services include sale of Interagency passes, issuing permits for wilderness trips, campfire permits, rental of bear canisters and sale of fuel wood collection permits.

The Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association (ESIA) operates the bookstore at the visitor center, with a comprehensive selection of books and maps of the region. Revenue from sales of these items helps support interpretative programs.

Managed by the US Forest Service, the visitor center is operated in partnership with the National Park Service and the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: The Mono Basin Visitor Center in Lee Vining is open Thursday through Monday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Operational Hours:
  • Summer- Open daily from 8:00 am to 5:00  pm.
  • Winter- Closed for the season 
  • Spring & Fall-  Open 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
Permit Info: Wildeness Permit pick up instructions
Closest Towns: Lee Vining, CA
Water: Drinking water
Restroom: Public Restroom
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center (760) 647-3044. To schedule a guided group tour of Mono Lake, South Tufa, or Panum crater, please call 760-647-6331.  

General Information


Located half a mile north of Lee Vining, California, on the east side of highway 395. The visitor center overlooks Mono Lake.

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