The Mono Basin National 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.Mono Basin became the first National Scenic Area in the United States in 1984.
The Mono Basin 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 twenty-minute film, an interactive exhibit hall, two art galleries and a Book Store are available inside.