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

Unearthly and a must visit Eastern Sierra spot.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this trail today with my wife, 6 month old daughter and dog. Very clear path as most of the hike is a dirt road. Steady incline most of the way up and the lake is very serene. There was construction going on near the lake so wasn't as peaceful as it could of been but all in all was a great hike. I agree with the easy rating.

Easy trail to see unique features. Pretty around sunset.

We did just the 0.9mi out and back trail near the crater as the sun was setting. Couldn't really see the crater very well.

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
2 months 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
3 months 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.

hiking
3 months ago

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
3 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
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5 months ago