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, obtain California campfire permits and fuelwood collection permits. Please call ahead when purchasing fuelwood permits. Visit for Wilderness Permits.

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: Bookstore Hours: Wednesday - Sunday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.  Visitor Center Exhibit Hall Opens: May 19 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Thursday-Tuesday
Operational Hours: Bookstore Only: 08:30 AM to 4:30 PM Wednesday - Sunday
Permit Info: Fuel wood and campfire permits available. Link to wilderness permit printing instructions. Click here for SNO-Park permits, not available at this facility.
Closest Towns: Lee Vining, CA
Water: Drinking water
Restroom: Flush toilets available during operation hours.
Passes: America The Beautiful Passes also known as interagency passes. Military, Senior Annual or Lifetime, General Annual, Access passes are available when Forest Service staff are present.
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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