Eastern Sierra Visitor Center


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 provde 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: The Eastern Sierra Visitor Center in Lone Pine is open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily 760-876-6200. After Labor Day, open Thursday-Monday, 8:30 am-4:30 PM. ESIA is operating book store, seven days a week, 8:30 am-4:30 pm.
Operational Hours: May 1st – Nov 1st: Open Daily, 8AM – 5PM
Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
Last permit issued and pass sold 15 minutes prior to close.  
Rentals & Guides: Bear Resistant Food Container Rental: Yes
Permit Info: Permits: Inyo National Forest Wilderness Permits, California Campfire Permits, BLM Bishop Long Term Camping Permits
Water: Water Fountain and Water Spigot. No RV filling.
Restroom: Yes, During Business Hours
Passes: Passes & Entrance Fees: Death Valley Natiaonl Park Entrance Fees, National Recreation Passes for Annual, Senior, Access, Military, and Every Kid in a Park, and California Sno-Park Passes are sold here.
Information Center: Phone Nunber: 760-876-6200

General Information


Located 2 miles south of Lone Pine CA 93545,

at the junction of Highway 395 and Stare Route 136

No overnight parking

General Notes:

Wilderness Permit Instructions

Mt. Whitney Ranger District Recreation Report

Eastern Sierra Visitor Center Partner Agencies:

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Outdoor Learning

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