Eastern Sierra Visitor Center

Area Status: Open
a view of the Interagecny Visitor Center and parking lot.

At the Eastern Sierra Visitor Center you can view Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the “lower 48 states” and plan a trip to Badwater Basin in "Death Valley, the lowest place in North America. While you’re here explore our interpretative displays, book store and native plant garden.

Staffed by a combination of US Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association employees, we provide visitor information for wilderness, campground, highway and weather conditions for the Eastern Sierra.

Additional information can be found on the agency websites:

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

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open with limited services 8:30 - 4:30 daily.
Operational Hours: Open Daily, 8:30am– 4:30pm
(gate closed - last admittance at 4:15)   Closed Thanksgiving Day, 11/23/23. 
Rentals & Guides: Bear Resistant Food Container Rental: Yes
Permit Info:
Closest Towns: Lone Pine, CA
Water: Water Fountain and Water Spigot. No RV filling.
Restroom: Yes, During Business Hours
Passes: Passes & Entrance Fees:
Information Center: (760) 876-6200

General Information


Located 2 miles south of Lone Pine CA 93545,

at the junction of Highway 395 and State Route 136

No overnight parking

General Notes:

Wilderness Permit Instructions

Mt. Whitney Ranger District Recreation Information

Eastern Sierra Visitor Center Partner Agencies:

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Visitor Centers

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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  Elevation : 
3,700 feet