Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center
Situated just south of Lone Pine at the junction of US Highway 395 and CA State Route 136, this beautiful facility is operated by federal, state and local governmental agencies, including the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Inyo County, Mono County, California Department of Transportation, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife. A panoramic window provides a wonderful view from of the highest summit in the contiguous United States – Mt Whitney, rising to 14,505 feet ASL.
The Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association (ESIA) operates the Discovery Bookstore at the Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center where literature and information about Mt. Whitney and Badwater Basin, plus many other wonderful attractions in this area can be found. In addition to the natural wonders of this area an impressive display about the Los Angeles Aqueduct is a major feature of the visitor center. The aqueduct has been a controversial and contentious project since its inception and is impressive in its size and scope. The history is chronicled in reports, photographs, and artifacts – the largest of which is a section of the pipe – all testaments to the ingenuity and perspicacity of humans.
US-395 & California State Rte 136, Lone Pine, CA 93545