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“Your rallying point in town”

Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore
Ranked #4 of 12 things to do in Lee Vining
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Wickenburg, Arizona
Level 6 Contributor
809 reviews
449 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 657 helpful votes
“Your rallying point in town”
Reviewed 28 June 2014

This place will tell you everything you need to know or want to know about the area. The book section in well stocked indeed and offers a wide range of titles about history and natural history, regional literature and other topics. Local art is also displayed and can be acquired.
When In Lee Vining, do not miss the Mono Lake South Tufa state park – you’ll see pictures of it galore in this as well as every other shop in town, South Tufa is one of the more otherworldly and bizarre, fascinating spots, like a place out of Lord of The Rings. Grouped on the southwestern end of Mono Lake, there is an enchanting collection of stupendous tufa formations. Tufa is the scientific name for a geological formation of this exact chemical composition, and the tufa columns look like fancy little creations made by running wet sand through your fist and letting it form into sires. They were actually created underwater, when carbonates in the lake water combined with calcium from freshwater springs feeding into the lake, rather like underwater stalactites, which down through the eons roe to the surface and are now fanciful little turrets and spires, rocks and whole battlements.

Visited June 2014
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Chico
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50 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

This small "shop" is one of the best advocacy organization centers I have ever seen. The book store section in very well stocked and offers a wide range of titles relating to natural history, regional literature, history and other topics. Local art is on display and for sale. The staff is very helpful and well informed on all issues relating to Mono Lake. Displays and maps of the lake and surrounding areas are very informative. When passing through Lee Vining a visit to the center is a must. You will be richly rewarded.

Visited May 2014
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Colorado
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
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“Love this place!”
Reviewed 5 January 2014

The perfect place to buy gifts for others and yourself! Watch your wallet - there are many temptations!

Visited October 2013
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Portland, OR
Level 6 Contributor
165 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“MLC is responsible for saving Mono Lk.”
Reviewed 7 November 2013

The Mono Lake Committee is responsible for saving Mono Lake. They have a great store with lots of information about Mono Lake and the activities the MLC is involved in. They deserve the support of everyone who enjoys the extraordinary treasure Mono Lake.

Visited October 2013
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Reno, Nevada
Level 6 Contributor
313 reviews
98 attraction reviews
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“Terrific Book Selection, Helpful Staff”
Reviewed 28 October 2013

I think almost any book ever published about Mono County or Bodie is in this small center. Great selection and a helpful staff. Kids will enjoy the brine shrimp display, and probably want some sea monkeys afterward (which they do happen to sell).

Right smack in the middle of town.

Visited October 2013
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