Eastern Sierra Visitor Center at Lone Pine
The Eastern Sierra Visitor Center and ESIA bookstore is located one mile (1.6 km) south of Lone Pine, California, at the junction of U.S. Highway 395 and State Route 136.
The center is open year-round, 7 days/week, excluding some holidays. The center is open 8am to 5pm May through October, and 8am to 5pm November through April. Bus parking is available. Call ahead: 760.876-6222
This unique partnership facility is operated by federal, state and local IAVC Info Desk government agencies, including the Inyo National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, California Department of Transportation, California Department of Fish & Game, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and Inyo and Mono counties.
With a broad array of informative books, maps and brochures, backed up by very knowledgeable staff, the InterAgency Visitor Center provides detailed orientation and informative programming for worldwide travelers visiting the Eastern Sierra and Northern Mojave Desert.
From this central location, a wealth of renowned, world-class destinations sit ready and waiting to be explored. Close by, one can see Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the Continental United States at 14,508 ft (4,422 m), or visit Lone Pine's Film History Museum and the Alabama Hills, filming location for hundreds of classic westerns and action adventures. Hikers can access endless miles of trails leading into the John Muir and Golden Trout Wilderness Areas and adjacent Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park. Those who likeit hot and dry can also travel 100 miles (161 km) east to Death Valley and Badwater, the lowest point in the western hemisphere at 282 ft (86 m) below sea level. Wild adventures also await explorers who dare to venture off the beaten path and into the old west ghost towns and mining sites found throughout the region. Definitely worth a visit, but don't go alone!