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- Murphey's Motel LLC
- 51493 Hwy 395 - Lee Vining
- California 93541 - United States
Visit Mono Basin Scenic Area & Visitor Center, Mono Craters, Mono Lake Tufa State Reserve, Bodie Ghost Town and Yosemite National Park. Yosemite, Mono Lake, Lundy Canyon and amazing fall colors. Late april through the end of October offers some of the best trout fishing around, from Saddlebag Lake to Lundy Lake to Lee Vining Creek. Winter Activities: ice-climbing, skiing and snowmobiling. June Mtn. Ski Area is only 15 minutes south by car, and Mammoth Mountain is only 30 minutes.
Murphey's Motel is located on Highway 395 in Lee Vining, California. Less than a mile south of Lee Vining, Highway 395 connects with Hwy. 120 to Tioga Pass and Yosemite Valley. To the north, Highway 395 connects with Highway 50 to Lake Tahoe, and farther north with I-80 in Reno, Nevada. To the south, Highway 395 reaches all the way to Los Angeles and San Diego. Below find a table listing driving distances from Lee Vining to various locations and also a map of the Lee Vining area.
All Summer, The Mono Lake Committee, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Mono Lake Tufa State Reserve lead walking tours and campfire talks. The Eastern Sierra's heartland, Mono County encompasses the dramatic ramparts of John Muir's "Range of Light," with sweeping views of granite crags over 13,000 feet, scenic glacial valleys, clear lakes and streams, unique geologic formations and plentiful wildlife. Visitors enjoy a variety of recreational opportunities in Inyo and Toiyabe national forests.
The Mono Lake Committee and the Lee Vining Chamber of Commerce cordially invite you to visit Mono Lake. The Eastern Sierra high country embraces three Wilderness Areas, two National Forests and the popular john Muir and Pacific Crest trails.
In an effort to be responsive to public feedback on the Recreation Fee Demonstration Project in the Mono Basin Scenic Area, the Inyo National Forest has changed the fee structure for the Scenic Area Visitor Center(SAVC) and the South Tufa area. Over the past two years, the public has expressed opposition over the charge to view the exhibits and film at the Scenic Area Visitor Center. Consequently, visitation to the exhibits and film portions of the SAVC has dropped by nearly one-third. By abolishing the fees at the SAVC, an additional 28,000 to 36,000 visitors are expected to experience the exhibits and film. By reaching these additional visitors, the Forest Service will further its goals of enhancing visitors' experiences and appreciation of the natural and cultural values of the Mono Basin. Meeting these goals will increase public support in caring for the Mono Basin's unique qualities and resources.
Perched between the magnificent Yosemite backcountry and the bright, tufa-lined shores of Mono Lake, Lee Vining is centrally located for the outdoor enthusiast, a favorite stop for bird watchers, photographers, campers, fishermen, sightseers, hikers and backpackers. West of town, rugged Lee Vining Canyon leads up to Tioga Pass and the eastern entrance to Yosemite National Park. Visitors come for fishing, camping and hiking near Tioga Lake, Ellery Lake and Saddlebag Lake, and observant hikers might glimpse mountain bighorn sheep, elusive inhabitants of nearby rocky slopes. East of Lee Vining spreads shimmering Mono Lake, central to Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area. The lake is significant not only for its haunting beauty, but as a unique alkaline lake that supports millions of nesting and migrating birds each year. Lining Mono's shores are fascinating tufa towers, deposits that form when underwater springs mix with the lake's alkaline waters. Adjacent Mono Craters and the lake's two islands are witnesses to volcanic activity in the history of this ancient inland sea. Travelers who relish seclusion will appreciate Lundy Canyon, just north of Lee Vining, where camping and fishing along Mill Creek are enhanced by brilliant wildflowers in summer and a blaze of color in autumn.