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 access 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. Summer- Open Daily from 8:00 to 5:00 Check out current area updates at www.twitter.com/monoinfo Winter- Closed for the Season Spring & Fall- Open 9-4:30. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday

easy trail... lots of geology... obsidian and pumice

Interesting little trail quick to do. Try it during golden hour. Flat and friendly for all. Probably even handy cap accessible for an out and back of the first half if you have a good chair.

hiking
15 days ago

It was a nice short walk with great views of Mono Lake and the Tufa. The sand sits in the heat of the sun all day so beware of that if taking a dog. There's not any shade.

walking
1 month ago

This is definitely an informative walk rather than a hike, but cool to see nonetheless.

The quiet side of mono pass. Mt Lewis looks really cool from here. The majority of the hike is on dirt road though.

Area is 5 star with a beautiful pass above the lake. However the messy over built human presence on the south end is a bummer.

hiking
1 month ago

The perfect way to view the special nature of mono lake!

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Another reason why Mono is my favorite place on earth.

hiking
3 months ago

You really get to experience the previous depth of Mono prior to the LA water district draining some of the water. I would suggest learning about tufa formation at the visitors center (5 miles up the road) and then seeing the tufas. Walking along these wonderful formations and thinking about how they formed under water makes you appreciate the experience even more! The walk is like a sandy beach, but more sturdy ground. The trail is a complete loop from the parking lot. Fee is $3.00 and I would suggest paying at the visitors center so you can have something to display in your car's dash or you can use a valid national parks pass.

Moderate incline to the top. Nice gravel pathway for great grip! Spectacular view of the crater and I liked how there are options to go around the rim and along the crater plug itself.

hiking
9 months ago