Mono Basin National Scenic Area

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Mono Lake viewed from the summit of Mount Dana.
The Mono Lake Basin from near Conway Summit.

The Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area is a protected area in Eastern California that surrounds Mono Lake and the northern half of the Mono Craters volcanic field. It is administered by the Inyo National Forest as a unit of the National Forest Scenic Area program, under the U.S. Forest Service.

History[edit]

The site was first described by tourists in Mark Twain's Roughing It.

Mono Basin became the first National Forest Scenic Area in the United States in 1984.[1]

Visitor Center[edit]

Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area Visitor Center

The Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area Visitor Center is located 1/2 mile north of the town of Lee Vining, California, just east of Tioga Pass (the eastern entrance to Yosemite National Park), on U.S. Route 395.

A variety of activities and exhibits introduce the natural and human history of the Mono Basin. A 20-minute film, an interactive exhibit hall, two art galleries, and a book store are available inside.[2]

Features[edit]

The Mono Craters, viewed east from U.S. Route 395 in California.

See also[edit]

USGS map of the Mono Basin area, showing geological features (click on to see detail).

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Department of Agriculture.

  1. ^ USFS contributors (2009). "Inyo National Forest: Special Places". United States Forest Service. Retrieved 2010-02-07.
  2. ^ Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area Visitor Center

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 37°57′01″N 119°03′34″W / 37.95028°N 119.05944°W / 37.95028; -119.05944