Where the lands of fire and ice collide.

The international flavor of the Lee Vining area is evident when cruising about town in the summer. Thousands of visitors from all over the globe converge on this town every summer on their way to one of our most scenic National Parks, Yosemite. In the winter, when the Tioga Pass road is closed, this area is quiet and peaceful, offering scenic splendor free from the summer throngs.

In addition to being the gateway to Yosemite, Lee Vining boasts the inland sea called Mono Lake, providing a splendid backdrop to this small roadside town.

Lee Vining is where the lands of fire and ice collide in a dramatic expanse of geologic wonder. The Mono Craters, which are a short distance to the east of town, are vivid reminders of the volcanic past of this region. They are mountains of pumice with a moon like surface and sporadic trees and shrubs cling fearlessly to their slopes. To the west of town lies the grand escarpment of the High Sierra. The cliffs of the Dana Plateau are steep and the rock is solid.

Farther to the west, after crossing into Yosemite, the heavily glaciated reaches of the Yosemite high country offer interesting examples of glacial polish and exfoliating granite. The backcountry areas which flank Lee Vining are unique and offer diversity unparalleled in the range.

Location
Lee Vining is located on Highway 395, at the junction with Highway 120. Mileages from Lee Vining:

Death Valley — 227 miles
Mammoth — 25 miles
Yosemite Valley — 76 miles
Los Angeles — 331 miles
San Francisco — 287 miles
Virginia City, Nevada — 123 miles
Reno, Nevada — 140 miles

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