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Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore

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Address: White Mountain Ranger Station, Corner of Highway 395 & Third Street, Lee Vining, CA 93541
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+1 760-647-6595
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

The Mono Lake Committee is a 16,000 member non-profit citizens group,...

The Mono Lake Committee is a 16,000 member non-profit citizens group, dedicated to protection and restoration of the Mono Basin ecosystem and educating the next generation. The Committee’s Information Center & Bookstore provides: books, maps, educational exhibits about Mono Lake, Mono Lake gear, gifts and cards by local artisans, educational toys, and information about lodging, dining, and local services. Additionally, the award-winning HD film “The Mono Lake Story” is featured in the store’s Theater & Gallery as well as rotating art exhibits. The staff is knowledgeable about Mono Lake and the surrounding area and is happy to provide information about great activities to enjoy during your visit to the Mono Basin. The storefront patio is a great place to hydrate, relax, meet friends, take in the scenery, or watch the incredible sunsets. During the summer, Committee staff and volunteers provide guided interpretive walks in the Mono Basin and canoe tours on Mono Lake. Open all year!Fall/Winter/Spring Hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.Summer Hours: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm.

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An Opportunity to Understand

Although there is a gift store, the staff offer a wealth of information about the lake and the entire area. In addition, there are videos screened about Mono Lake and its history.

Reviewed 3 days ago
San Diego, California, USA
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San Diego, California, USA
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Although there is a gift store, the staff offer a wealth of information about the lake and the entire area. In addition, there are videos screened about Mono Lake and its history.

Thank ElfinWoodsWarbler
Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 14 April 2017

Friendly staff. Fun things to check out and buy. Helpful info on exploring the region. Start here as you explore this fascinating end of the Owens Valley . . .

Thank Balkans_Phile
San Jose, California
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

I've been visiting the Committee Info Center since 1987. This place is the best resource for geologic, hydrologic history, and hiking books...of the Mono Basin and east Sierra. There are some trinkets by local artists, and the staff are very knowledgeable to give suggestions to visitors. Committee is volunteer staffed, and has fought for Mono Lake's survival since 1978, when... More 

Thank Chris D
Modesto, California
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Reviewed 4 December 2016

Has a gallery , great bookstore, and gifts. The associates can give you information on the conditions around the lake as well as some background on the Committee itself.

Thank Thomas N
Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 12 November 2016

This is a gift shop also. Robert gave great advice about Mono Lake, the chance of it drying up anytime soon. There is a crater next to the lake if you care to explore. You can also become a member of the Lake if you wish. Very good stop for me and anyone that loves mystery.

Thank TravelJohn092
Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Everything you would require for the area and surrounds is available here or they can tell you where to go. An excellent choice of maps, books and more. The assistant went out of her way to help us with maps and to advise us of road closures and way around to get to Yosemite NP. And there were beautiful local... More 

Thank percibeale
Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed 21 October 2016

Such a cool town, and the Committee Info Center has all of the info on everything happening each week. There will certainly be some type of community gathering worth attending. There is also a superb book selection here and FREE MONO LAKE STICKERS!!

Thank Kim B
Washington DC, USA
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Reviewed 16 October 2016

The young woman here is knowledgeable and patient and will provide you with useful information on what to do around the area. Going here really helped us plan our visit. There are some nice souvenirs for purchase also.

Thank NYRita2011
Henderson, Nevada
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Reviewed 11 October 2016

Great gift shop and full of useful info about Lake Mono and the surrounding area. We were driving to Lake Tahoe from Vegas and took the scenic route. We didn't even know about Lake Mono and decided to take a pit stop in Lee Vining. I'm so glad we did. Everyone passing through should stop here. Really cool gifts and... More 

Thank SVinLV
Rugby, Warwickshire
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Reviewed 5 October 2016

Popped into this centre just before closing so only stayed a short while. But the assistants were full of knowledge and happy to chat, there is plenty information to read. Good books on sale as well as other gift shop merchandise. They recommended a great place to eat. Open 8 until 6 pm which is exceptional for such a small... More 

Thank CathyM1957

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