Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center

Area Status: Open
Forest Service Visitor Center

At the Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area Visitor Center, view exhibits on Mono Lake history, wildlife, geology, and explore the interpretive trail. Purchase Interagency passes, rent bear canisters, and obtain several types of permits here: wilderness, campfire, and fuelwood collection.

Our partners at the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association (ESIA) operate the bookstore, with 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 staffing and services at times. Forest Service Ranger-led tours every Sunday morning at 10 AM
Operational Hours: Open Thursday through Monday, 8:30am to 4:30pm

(Closed Tuesday - Wednesday)
Permit Info: Fuel wood and campfire permits available. Click Here for wilderness permit printing instructions.
Closest Towns: Lee Vining, CA
Water: Drinking water
Restroom: Public Restroom
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: (760) 647-3044

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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