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“Awesome Mono Craters: Photography, Hiking, Picnic Possibilities”

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
Fremont, California
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“Awesome Mono Craters: Photography, Hiking, Picnic Possibilities”
Reviewed 25 July 2014

The Mono Craters is a geological wonder. It is a chain of craters, domes and lava flow in Mono County. The chain of craters is 25 miles long and stretches from Mono Lake to south of Mammoth Mountain. For a wide angle view for photograhy purposes, we have usually taken our picture from the June Lake Loop road. There is a historical Mono Craters marker there and a breathtaking view of the craters. For more up close views, its best to explore them.

For that we have taken highway 120. Some days we have just driven there, other days we have had a picnic there, or other days we have done hikes.

One of the awesome craters of the chain to hike is Panum Crater. It is 2.5 miles round trip. It can be hot in the summer so be sure to bring plenty of water.

Visited January 2014
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San Jose, California
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“Helpful info and nice shop”
Reviewed 9 July 2014

Staff was friendly and helpful when giving advice on what to do around Mono County in one day. There is definitely a political bent to everything surrounding Mono Lake, given its recent history. However, it's an inspiring story that deserves to be broadcast far and wide.

The bookstore is quite well stocked with all kinds of books and fun gift items that appeal to travelers who enjoy hiking and observing wildlife.

Visited July 2014
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Tehachapi, California
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“Very informative”
Reviewed 3 July 2014

Mono Lake is really interesting and the information center is the place to get all that information. There is a tour in the building of the Tufa and other things in the lake. Very interesting. Worth the stop over.

Visited June 2014
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“Stop in and say hello.”
Reviewed 1 July 2014 via mobile

A very small shop funded entirely by donation. The staff are quite knowledgeable about Mono Lake and the surrounding area. Nice selection of books, art. Some by local artists and authors.

It's a small building in a tiny town, so don't blink or you'll miss it!

Visited June 2014
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Wickenburg, Arizona
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“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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